‘Law abiding’ is overused
It’s offensive, this repeated reference to “law abiding citizens” in the gun legislation debate.
Lots of people are law-abiding citizens. President Barack Obama, for one, is law abiding and look where that’s gotten him. Physicians providing legal abortions, but who are assassinated with guns, are law-abiding. Those wanting strict gun controls are, too. The school children killed at Sandy Hook were so young we refer to them as “innocent.”
The young man in Florida killed by a gun and that state’s “stand your ground” law were law abiding. Neither that law nor the neighborhood watch volunteer with the gun protected his life.
Those wanting to live their lives free of gun violence and the intimidation of guns now on our streets, in restaurants and even in the halls of the state Capitol are law abiding, as are, in most cases, those toting those firearms.
Americans are free to do many things other people may object to and still remain law abiding. We should respect that, rather than make it offensive by overuse and misuse.