I am wondering if it is ethical to own a gun?
There is this attitude that keeps popping up when I raise this question, that a gun is an object just like any other and that the intent of the individual is what matters most. I can't help and think about situations where the user who owns the gun could be in a situation that gets out of his control or if an accidental discharge happens.
I also wonder about the self fulfilling prophecy aspect and the law of attraction. Does owning a gun and thinking that it is a cool device contribute to the inevitability of having to use it.
There is also the reality that many of the people who own guns end up using the gun to commit suicide. (I can't find the statistic but it is a staggering number.)
Should Vegetarians abstain from owning guns?
As you say, purchasing a gun with the intention of causing harm to someone else is definitely unethical. (Or make that a ‘definite maybe’ - do deer count as ‘someone else’? To the animal rights activist, yes and to the hunter, no.) There are many of people who enjoy gun collecting as a hobby, from what I understand. To the collector, a gun could be a crafted object of beauty. Personally I’d rather have a nice oil painting. Or maybe a pastel. Anything, really, looks better over the couch than a gun. But from the tone of your email I don’t think you are contemplating hunters or gun connoisseurs. You are thinking of someone believes that guns are dangerous but nevertheless useful, someone who is drawn to gun ownership but fears her worst impulses (and/or lack of marksmanship). Such a person should not own a gun. I don’t it would be unethical, so much as impractical in this case. Having a gun in the house, I suspect, would be a source of discomfort and unease – which is probably the exact opposite...