Saturday, February 16, 2008

Bullets are flying

America is a nation of guns, and I'm guessing that hundreds of people get shot across the country in any given week. The past few days have been particularly bloody as it pertains to school shootings. There were a couple of incidents in which high school students who had a gripe with a schoolmate decided that the best way to handle the situation would be to kill that person. Then we had the massacre on the Northern Illinois University campus, where an apparently wigged-out former student opened fire on kids in a college classroom, killing five and wounding more than a dozen before taking his own life. These sorts of incidents invariably prompt someone to suggest that we need tighter gun controls. Well, I'm no NRA member, but draconian gun-control laws won't get the job done. I believe it's legitimate to keep the average citizen from buying assault rifles and machine guns. There's just no reasonable need for anyone to have such weapons. The NRA, of course, would disagree, but they're on the opposite lunatic fringe from the people who want a total gun ban. However, I agree with the NRA in that taking the guns of law-abiding Americans would do very, very little to lower the rates of common gun crimes or tragic school shootings. Your basic street thug in Pittsburgh or Philly or D.C. is going to get a gun, and they're not generally going to walk up the counter of Ace Sporting Goods to buy it. And if some nut decides to shoot up a school, he's going to get his hands on a gun, whether it be by stealing one in a burglary or just "borrowing" grandpa's squirrel gun or deer rifle. We have millions and millions of guns in our homes across this country - I have one, myself - and the government is simply not, ever, going to try to gather them all up. There are some people who believe that if a candidate from a certain party is elected president, "they're going to take our guns." Get a grip, people. No politician who hopes to have any future - and all many of them really care about is their future - is going to back a gun roundup. But that doesn't stop the talk. During the 2000 presidential election, my son, who was then about 10, came home with word from one of his classmates who said that if Al Gore is elected, he's going to "take our guns." I'm guessing the kid heard that from his dad, who is probably now, eight years later, helping to spread the tripe about Barack Obama. You know, that Barack HUSSEIN Obama is an al-Qaida operative who, if elected, would sell us out to the jihadists from the inside. Keep those conspiracy theories coming, people. It provides amusement for those of us who don't wear tinfoil on our heads to prevent the space aliens from monitoring our thoughts.



Blogger RightDemocrat said...

If Obama wants to win Middle America, he will avoid mentioning any possible new gun control laws. I agree that a gun roundup is very unlikely but millions of gun owners think that the Democrats want to take away their firearms.

The solution to gun violence to get tough on gun crimes and reduce the poverty that breeds crime. I would like to see the Democratic Party embrace the 2nd Amendment. Most of America is gun-loving territory and nothing is going to change that reality.

Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) talks about the clarity of the 2nd Amendment.

February 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I'm a firm believer in the credo, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."

I'm not the least bit worried that the government will at some point try to take my guns - I have two rifles in a closet at a cousin's house. I don't hunt, I don't shoot for target practice and I don't plan to. They were my late father's and they have sentimental value. I just don't see how something like taking our guns could ever happen.

When something like the recent shootings at the university in Illinois or Virginia Tech happen, the gun-control zealots come out of the woodwork. They lament the fact that these sick, disturbed souls are able to purchase guns legitimately. I know this much: if someone like the gunmen at Columbine, Cho, or this guy in Illinois want to kill someone with a gun, they will find a way to get it.

I live in Richmond, Virginia, and for several years running, our city had the highest murder rate per capita in the United States. Naturally, this prompted all sorts of studies and demands to control guns, assuming that this could somehow abate the slew of murders that plagued this city. One of the local newspaper reporters gained the confidence of a few of the city's toughest thugs who let him into their world for a weekend. One of the young men had a 9mm pistol, which is the preferred weapon of most criminals, particularly cocaine and crack dealers. This young man was 14 at the time, and lived in one of the worst housing projects in the city. How, he was asked, was he able to obtain a gun like his 9mm? Simple. He paid ten dollars in cash and traded a few CDs for the gun. It was that simple. Most kids his age have a ten spot on them, as well as some popular CDs. Luckily for us, the majority of these kids choose to spend the money at the movies or the food court and listen to the CDs as they drive to these destinations.

All the whining, finger-pointing, complaining, surveying, studying and polling won't stop illegal guns. Nor will it stop a mentally disturbed person from seeing through his twisted plans. It gives some people the "warm and fuzzies" to think that this can be changed, but as long as guns are so readily available for so little cost, all the regulation in the world won't stop it.

The NRA is one of the most powerful, influential lobbies in this country. No politician, whether black or white, male, female or Hillary, will be able to eliminate guns from this country. And even if by some bizarre stretch of the imagination someone was able to do so, there still would be someone like the 14-year-old in the projects who would trade a few possessions for a powerful handgun.

February 16, 2008 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Scott Beveridge said...

There are more important issues at stake in this election than whether or not Paul Revere and the rebel militia can lift up their arms.

February 16, 2008 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Just think if the gun was never invented. It's a pleasant thought to me. I do realize that others wouldn't know what to do without their guns. That deer jerky doesn't just kill itself.

February 17, 2008 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Tracy J. said...

I am a proud gun owner and I agree that stricter gun laws are not going to stop crimes with guns from happening. The people that are committing crimes generally do not get them through legal means. As for the crazy people who feel it necessary to kill other people then take their own lives I have to wonder what kind of chicken sh** person they are. If they do it for notariety they they should stick around to see all the press they get. If they just want to kill themselves them why take others with you? It's a shame that once they take their own lives there is nothing we can do to them for their crimes.

February 18, 2008 at 4:27 PM  

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