I’m not a big gun advocate period – I really don’t understand why anyone with even half a brain would argue such things as you need 30 rounds from a rapid fire machine gun to bring down a deer or why background checks are required unless you get a gun at a gun show in which case apparently it’s up to the seller to decide if they feel like doing a background check. If you want to get a gun illegally, know you’ll never pass a background check, and don’t want to wait even 3 days to shoot someone then doesn’t it seem like gun shows are made to order for folks like this? I’m not for limiting rights, I’m just for limiting unnecessary deaths such as when someone everyone evidently knew was off his rocker, shoot his mother who by the way bought him 3 of the 6 guns he had with him including the assault rifle he used in the killings, walks into a school just several seconds before the doors would have been locked (And how did that happen? Nobody thought, “Hmm strange, weird looking man holding a rifle seems to have just come in, wonder what he’s doing here?”) and guns down 20 children another 7 adults who threw themselves in front of the children then shot himself all in under 12 seconds. I’m going out on a limb here but something tells me, given how odd everyone now seems to be saying he seemed, that even at a gun show he would have had a hard time buying a gun – though perhaps not. I guess dealers are looking to make money like everyone else. It would just be nice if they didn’t do it while costing others their lives.
I’ve also heard of too many accidents involving people keeping loaded guns for self protection in their bedside bureau which left unlocked. I think if there’s a gun available and someone wakes you up reaching for that gun while still half asleep may not be the time you are making your best decisions. Scary shadow in my doorway saying nothing? Boom. Then you find out someone came home from college early. There’s also too many cases of guns falling into the hands of children who don’t realize they’re real and shoot themselves while looking at the barrel or play ‘stick em up” and another child is killed. How do you ever live down shooting another child when it happened when you were only 6 years old?
Then there are the folks who say, “Oh no, we keep everything separate and locked up. The unloaded gun is in the bedside table on one side of the bed and locked with one key, and the ammunition is kept in the bedside table on the other side of the bed locked with another key.” So let me get this straight – There really is a bad guy in your house and you see him in the hallway heading for your room. First you locate the key for table number one and retrieve the gun. Then you locate the key for table number two and retrieve the ammunition. Then you load the gun, take off the safety, aim and fire? All while half asleep? And what is Mr. Badguy doing while you’re first running all over the room looking for keys (obviously for safety reasons they would be kept near the tables!). Unless you know the Vulcan Death Grip, this does not appear to be a great system to ensure your safety against an intruder who means you harm!
So, unless you’re in a business that is likely to be robbed (in which case hopefully you have locked entrances which require you to be seen and buzzed in as my brother’s diamond business had) and you won’t necessarily know the customers who could be coming through and are in a rough neighborhood I’m not sure I see the great benefits of owning a gun. And as for hunting – heck, our own former Vice President couldn’t seem to be able to tell the difference between his friend, a full grown man and a quail for goodness sakes! “Hmmmm -what’s that over there? It could be my friend or it could be a quail – I’m going with quail – boom!” And he wasn’t some no-nothing hick, high on moonshine – He was the Vice President of the United States!
Okay, I think you get my take on guns and the need for better gun control. If I had to guess from the name alone, assault rifles are for . . . ASSAULTING PEOPLE such as those who are firing at you in a war situation! People hunt animals – they don’t assault them!
I worked at a University where each room locked and only the faculty knew the combinations to open them before class. In case of someone with a gun or some other dangerous situation, all rooms would be locked down immediately from a central location and the doors could not be opened until the situation was over and the locks were released. There was only a small window in the door and there was plenty of space in each room to get the students to the side where it would be impossible to hit them if attempting to aim through the shatterproof glass. It took them and enormous amount of money to do this but I’m sure they feel it was more than worth it after this recent shooting. I think that’s more the way to go.
The problem is if someone really wants to get their hands on a gun and use for evil purposes they will find a way to do so. So it then becomes about protection – especially in schools and other places wackos seem to be drawn to when they want to kill themselves but only after slaughtering as many people or children as possible. My high-school not only kept the doors locked it had metal detectors. Okay so they were only installed after someone brought a knife to school and tried to stab another student and the vice principle got in the way and ended up being stabbed instead (he was alright).
- Colorado columnist: Assault rifle owners have ‘tiny penises’ (kdvr.com)
- Richmond gun show attracted thousands of registered gun owners (wtvr.com)
- Why we need gun control (bangordailynews.com)