I love living in Manhattan. There is no place like it on earth. But it has its good and bad points. The best part is the prevalence of great musical entertainment. Among the worst is the crime, which is so prevalent that it prompts innocents like me to buy guns for protection. What is this world coming to? I am talking about a close friend here who owns a weapon in case of a home invasion or mugging. When I balked at the risk to life and limb she answered that it is safely stowed in a gun safe under the bed. She can retrieve it easily while a robber would not know its immediate location.
Of course I get it. I haven’t been the victim of a crime yet as I pursue my life’s goal of attending as many live music shows as I can. This takes me to all parts of the city far and wide, so I never go alone. There is safety in numbers as the old adage says. It scares me when the gun goes along with my friend. It is asking for trouble in my mind, but she feels better and well prepared. I don’t expect things to happen in public places, but reality has proved us all wrong. Concerts can be a scene of extreme violence as seen in Las Vegas. Let’s hope this is an anomaly. I also frequent small bars where the music is local and fine. It is a world of discovery in the Big Apple. The talent is extraordinary and there is a surprise at every turn. It is a music lover’s paradise with endless venues in the tristate area. You will never run out of things to do and places to visit. Sometimes I am so jazzed by a special group that I can’t sleep for hours.
Meanwhile, back to the gun issue and why it is important to follow the rules suggested by the Gun Allegiance program. I hate to think that life is that fragile in New York, but it is. I don’t blame my friend, who lives alone, for opting for protection. I know I would freak out if she pulled it out as we walked the dark streets after hours, even in the face of danger. I know she is justified and, of course, she has a permit. She has taken several safety courses and knows the ropes well, or so she says. Time will tell. When you are under pressure, your reactions may differ from what you practiced. Above all, she says that her intention is never to actually use the gun in a willy-nilly fashion. She will give it great thought if the occasion should arise.
My friend asked if I wanted to handle the gun and learn the operation. I was not interested at all. I am fascinated by the need for self-protection even in the big city. Not every citizen carries a weapon. Imagine the consequences if this were the case. I don’t want to be a witness or bystander.