Advocate for Gun Control and Gun Ownership

October 12, 2015 — 2 Comments

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Another mass shooting by a deranged young man claims innocent victims. Immediately afterward, even before the smoke has cleared, President Obama takes to the airwaves to admonish us all for being “numb” to such tragedies. Excuse me? My shock was trumped by a new one! I’d barely even had a chance to pray for the victims and our President interrupts my thirst for news with this sucker punch. I could tell you who’s numb to what but that’s for another 144 blogs… 

The relevant topic here is gun violence and gun control. This is one of those subjects that usually incites knee-jerk responses. Passionate yes, but rarely pragmatic. “Get rid of the guns!” “Everyone should carry a gun!” Those two extremes are not likely to come to any kind of agreement but most of us are well in between, respecting both the liberty and the life our Constitution protects.

Answer this simple question quickly (no tricks here, just simple): Should anyone be able to “keep and bear” any firearm? Of course not. (If you said yes I submit that you’re one of the few who should not be able to “keep and bear arms”.) So we’re all for gun control. Now, how much? Ah, there’s the rub. This is a great debate for another blog(ger). For now, I’ll tackle something a little easier; gun violence. Easy? Maybe…

Answer this simple question quickly (no tricks here, just simple): If there were no guns would there still be violence? Of course. (If you said no I submit that you’re one of the few who should not be able to “keep and bear arms”.) So why the focus on the gun and gun control? Because, here in the USA, the gun is a common instrument of choice of the deranged mass killer. If a gun were not available the killer would simply choose a different instrument, and some would be much more deadly. The problem is the individual bent on violence and killing, not his instrument of choice.

A parting thought: without our guns (our personal firearms) we could not and would not have ever become a free and independent nation. Moreover, without our guns (our personal firearms) we could not defend our freedom and independence. This simple truth compelled our founding fathers to stipulate our liberty to “keep and bear arms” in the Bill of Rights. At the time, the drafted Constitution did not deny these rights but the states would not ratify it without their specific guarantee. Hence, the Bill of Rights.

2 responses to Advocate for Gun Control and Gun Ownership

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    I believe many of these shooters have taken antidepressant medications in the past. It seems that there should be a way to link this with issuing pistol permits and even revoking permits. Not sure this would keep them from going on the rampage but it would be one way of kind of profiling. We have to use our license to buy a Sudafed.

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    David S Guzinsky June 22, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Just be clear on the law. I can legally purchase just about any weapon I want. If I want a fully automatic M60 Machine Gun, as long as it was manufactured before May 19, 1986, all I need to do is get my fingerprints, pass a background check, and pay the ATF $200 for a “tax stamp.” Guess what, I can do the same for an Abrams Tank, a 105mm Howitzer, or a Soviet BTR 90. That is the law. People dont understand the 2nd. It was written for us to arm ourselves incase of an opressive and overbearing Government.

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