The recent tragedy in Connecticut has me thinking about guns, a subject very near and dear to my heart. I grew up playing “army” in the woods by my house, we used to have entire birthday parties centered around plastic guns and the local woods. My brother and I took a rifle safety course, and we also took the hunters safety course. Guns have always been a part of my life and always will be, I believe in my right to own one.
Guns have many modern-day uses other than protection, used responsibly guns provide recreation as well as an opportunity to teach safe handling practices. I believe we should be allowed to own guns… At least rifles intended for sport… I can also understand home protection… But assault rifles… Seriously people… All guns were designed with one purpose…To kill… But assault rifles were created with the intention to kill “many” people… Assault style… There’s not one single person in America, or anywhere for that matter, that has a reason to own something capable of doing that much damage.
Gun safety is actually easy to teach, it should be taught to everyone. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to kill, this rule is an absolute that for some reason still needs to be taught to just about everyone who has not been told this before. Always assume a gun is loaded, even if you just checked it and are absolutely positive it is empty. Never touch the trigger unless you are ready to shoot, literally never touch the trigger until the moment before you fire the weapon. It should be taught at a young age that a gun will kill someone, sometimes learning how to safely handle a gun is the best deterrant… Once you shoot a gun, you will respect it…
So do we need fewer guns, or more guns? This seems to be one of the arguments going on in America at the moment, I personally believe the assault weapons ban should be brought back into play, I just can’t seem to rationalize anyone having them. I’m not really sure how I feel about handguns though… They are currently controlled to a much higher standard than rifles and shotguns, and ownership is strictly forbidden to anyone with felonies. But I have to be honest… Some of the most unstable people I have ever met in my life own handguns, and not only own handguns, but had government issued concealed carry permits and carry a gun everywhere they go… I’m serious!..
So how do you regulate that? Some people say it is the people with psychiatric disabilities that are the problem, they are the ones that need controlled. So what they are saying is instead of fewer guns, we need less crazy people! Well I hate to break it to you, as times get crazy, people get crazy.
I don’t think we can control everyone with any inkling of a psychiatric disorder, not to mention the fact that certain “events” can trigger psychiatric episodes that may not have ever been present in the past. We can’t lock up every person with a psychiatric disorder, we can’t even afford to keep the few state hospitals we did have available open now, how are we going to create more?
So we can’t control the crazies… I think we are obviously going to have to control the guns… Anything with a high-capacity… As far as handguns are concerned… I think the restrictions on ownership should be doubled… It sucks… But it is what I believe… We really can’t control every human being in America, but we can control the amount of firepower that is available to them…
guns were designed to kill – chriscondello
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