Hi, my name is Jake, and I own electronic devices.
I know, I know. I'm at risk of being irradiated by all of those wireless signals. However, the benefits of being able to crush candy and call emergency services wherever I am outweigh the risks of irradiation.
Let's do this again.
Hi, my name is Jake, and I drive a motor vehicle.
I know, I know. I'm at risk of being in a fatal automotive accident while in that motor vehicle. However, the benefits of being able to drive to work and, you know, eat, outweigh the risks of fatal automotive accidents.
One more time.
Hi, my name is Jake, and I exist.
I know, I know. I'm at risk of disease/violent crime/heartbreak/financial loss. However, the benefits of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness outweigh the risks of all that stuff.
See what I'm doing? I'm choosing my own risks. If I wanted, I could stay at home and eat from a garden with no electronic devices. But that's not how I want to live. I'm aware of the risks involved in what I do, and the benefits make those risks acceptable.
That's why, when someone says "You're more likely to get killed with that gun than you are to use it for defense," my first response is either "That is not factually accurate*" or "I am not a minor and you are not my legal guardian, so I can make my own risk management decisions."
*(The lowest estimate of defensive gun uses is 100,000 per year, while there are around 10,000 murders per year. 100,000 is still more than 10,000.)
You are an adult. If you aren't an adult, then you will hopefully be an adult someday. You should make your own risk management choices, and you should be free to do so.
That's what groups like 1MMAGC advocate: make your own decisions, just don't take the choices from other people.
Be well and be free.
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