Opinion—They lost me


I’m not a fan of wild west shootouts unless they are in the movies, so when I saw this notice on the window of a restaurant in Rancho Cucamonga where I had planned on eating lunch yesterday, I went elsewhere.

Firearms welcome

Wicked Cow in Rancho Cucamonga, California

My thinking on this matter is because, as many law enforcement officials have told us, when police arrive they don’t know who’s the bad guy and who’s the good guy. They have to assume that anyone waving a gun around and shooting is the bad the guy. Perhaps if concealed carry AND open carry actually required training and insurance at a minimum, kind of like a driver’s license, I might have greater confidence in the people who feel a need to eat lunch or shop at Walmart with guns proudly displayed. Just doesn’t make sense to me. And as we have seen too often, these people (I’m painting with a broad stroke here but as my wise old gramdmother said, “A few bad apples do, indeed, ruin the whole bunch.”) don’t understand what “protection” means. To wit:

Woman kills homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche SUV

Woman pulls gun at Walmart over last notebook

I grew up with guns and hunting, both let’s-kill-something-because-we-can-hunting and we-need-food hunting. My dad killed himself with a handgun when I was six. Maybe he would have killed himself anyway with a knife, razor blade, car exhaust fumes…. I don’t know. But the fact is that he killed himself with a handgun. I’m biased. I freely admit that.

As my wise old grandmother also said, “When it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.”

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30 thoughts on “Opinion—They lost me

  1. Sharon E. Cathcart

    I just got back from a week in the South. I was surprised to see signs in several locations, including a church, that asked people *not* to bring their weapons inside. My thought was that these signs only go up because someone did it … and then I wondered who thought they might need to shoot someone at Tupelo Hardware Co.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Who thought they might need to shoot someone in the church? I’d bet that not a single one of these people ever served in the military, or as a police officer, or firefighter. Probably never even volunteered unless they could carry their gun around with them.

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  2. Sharon E. Cathcart

    Also … I’ve been a certified safe hunter since age 8 (there is no kiddie version of the exam and course). I grew up in a household of subsistence hunters, and have tremendous respect for weaponry. We are, ourselves, gun owners (my husband did cowboy action shooting for a time, and I’m awfully good with a long weapon). Yet, I don’t feel the need to arm myself to go buy a cheeseburger … because I’m not afraid of the world.


  3. cat9984

    There are so many children killed accidentally by “legal” guns. They always blame the parents for not securing the gun, but that doesn’t help the child. (I’m not anti-gun. I’m 2 generations removed from people who did survival hunting.)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      There also are many adults killed or injured by their own guns, or killed or injured by their children playing with those same guns.
      I also am not anti-gun, but I am I’m very much a license & insurance guy. I’m also very reasonable:
      Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t marry a person of the same gender.
      Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.
      Don’t like cats? Don’t get one.
      Don’t like dogs? Don’t get one.
      Don’t like guns? Don’t get one.
      Don’t like religion? Don’t become a member of a religion.
      Don’t like “Game of Thrones”? Don’t watch it.
      Don’t like guns in a restaurant? Don’t eat there.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Fortunately, I have driven cross country before, so I got that out of my blood early on. I couldn’t do it in today’s world, though, because too many of the roads are in domestic terrorist territory.


  4. SueW-Nan's Farm

    I am sorry to hear of the circumstances of your father’s death, a memory no child needs and therefore I can understand much of your response to the notice at the restaurant.

    It’s against the law here in England for the general public to to own or carry guns, something I am relieved and happy about. The police carry guns only for certain situations and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Most of us here dread the thought of becoming like America ( no offence) but these days tragic killings due to illegal weapons are almost becoming the norm, such a concern for the future. Thank you so much for your post.


    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Tragic killings due to all weapons, legal or illegal, has become the norm in the United States. It’s so sad. I cut down my chances by only going shopping once a week. I figure if I only go out into the world once a week, I have a greater chance of not being involved in something.

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  5. Baydreamer

    Wow, I would eat somewhere else, too, and I’m very familiar with R. Cucamonga. So much that it surprised me to see this. I’m also not comfortable with carrying concealed weapons. If everyone could be trusted, so in a perfect world? Hmm…However, in this day where many people are impatient, I see only tragic, impulsive possibilities. Better to avoid them than to allow them. And I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s tragic death, something difficult at any age to process and comprehend…

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