What alarms me most about the rhetoric of the NRA-worshipping far right when it comes to guns is their taxonomy: everyone is either a "good guy" or a "bad guy," and it follows, as Wayne LaPierre put it, "The only thing that stops a bad buy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
But where does Osakarose of San Antonio fit in? She wrote, "The whole point of being a registered owner is: #1 to own the gun legally and be trained in its use, #2 to protect myself and my property from criminals. I do not want them to know I own a gun; I want it to come as a complete surprise to them when they break into my home and I blow them away."
Rose, do you sit up all night in your darkened living room, locked and loaded, waiting for the doorknob to turn? Is it protection you want, or the thrill of shooting to kill? Are you, in short, a good guy or a bad guy? Isn't a good guy a gun owner who hasn't committed a crime with his gun -- until he ambushes someone (maybe a family member who forgot his keys), or feels threatened by an innocent passerby in states that permit an armed, violent response, or experiences an ungovernable fit of road rage while wearing a Sig Sauer on his hip -- in which case, doesn't he cross that boundary and become a bad guy?