In a speech at the Denver Police Academy encouraging Congress to push forward with gun control legislation, President Obama shared this story from the first Presidential campaign:
"The first conversation was when Michelle came back from doing some campaigning out in rural Iowa. And we were sitting at dinner, and she had been to a big county, a lot of driving out there, a lot of farmland.
[i]"And she said, if I was living out in a farm in Iowa, I’d probably want a gun, too. If somebody just drives up into your driveway and you’re not home — you don’t know who these people are and you don’t know how long it’s going to take for the sheriffs to respond. I can see why you’d want some guns for protection."
Of course, the President then went on to miss the point he was making and imply that only Americans in rural areas need guns:
"Sometimes we're so divided between rural and urban. Folks whose hunting is a part of their lives and folks whose only experience with guns is umm... street crime and the two sides just talk past one another...
"If you're a hunter, if you're a sportsman, if you have a gun in your house for protection, you've got to understand what it feels like for that mom whose son was randomly shot. And, if you live in an urban area and you're worried about street crime, you've gotta understand what it might be like if you grew [up] out on a ranch and your dad had been taking you hunting all your life."[/i]
Well, shit, Mister President. I grew up all over the country but never on a ranch. And my dad damn sure never took me hunting. My concern is street crime - that's why I carry a gun.
I live in South Florida (that's the pretty name we use to keep from having to say out loud that no one in their right mind really wants to live in Miami itself), where we have a plethora of random violence, a shortage of police officers, and I couldn't get to a ranch in less than 3 hours drive time.
If you want to talk about people talking past each other, perhaps you should start by realizing your stereotypes of whom gun owners are is outdated at best. In today's world gun owners aren't all, or even mostly, hunters. More and more women, liberals, and former gun control advocates are realizing that they are their own first line of defense.