Nothing like the hot button issue of gun control to bring trigger happy morons crawling out of the woodwork. Let me preface this by saying I don’t own a gun, though I know how to use one and have lived in situations where other people in the home had them. Their presence does not make me uncomfortable. Seeing as how I don’t hunt, target shoot, use one for protection, or engage in criminal activity I see no use for a firearm in my life [much less my house]; therefore, I am not directly impacted by issues affecting gun owners.
What you are about to read doesn’t pretend to be a scholarly article filled with facts designed to assert my position. It’s merely my opinion, take it or leave it. This deviates from my normal approach to controversial topics but my brain seems to be on pause today because I’d rather be watching Making A Murderer. Here are some bullet points [get it?]:
- Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. I frequently hear this phrase as it pertains to gun control. Yet those afflicted by mental illness, alcohol and/or drug abuse, or heavily influenced by criminal enterprise should not be able to easily purchase a gun.
- Even with the most rigorous screening processes people will always slip through the cracks.
- Not all guns used for violent crime were purchased legally, obviously. Some were stolen, borrowed, or obtained in any number of unsavory ways. Stiffer punishments should be enacted for those who do not safely store their guns, allow others to use them, or sell them illicitly.
- Cars, like guns, can also be a lethal weapon if not used appropriately. In order to get a license one must pass a test. The same goes for a permit. However, my friend Aerin had an interesting theory. Car owners are required to have insurance. Should the same be expected of gun owners?
- Guns will always be available on the black market so even I question the efficacy of these ‘commonsense solutions’ sometimes.
- If a person wants to inflict mass casualties they’ll find a way, with or without guns.
- Many people seem to fear their Second Amendment rights being violated or eradicated entirely. While I support the right to [safely and responsibly] bear arms, this was also written at a time where people were wandering around with pitchforks and bayonets…
- Don’t even get me started on the NRA. Sadly, it is all too common for Washington [a synecdoche for powerful lobbies, corporate interests, politicians, etc.] to play off the fears and insecurities of individuals and attempt to incite panic.
- I personally find these homegrown heavily armed militia types to be one of the biggest threats to national security. The people occupying a federal building in Oregon scare me more than any foreign terrorist who has been ‘radicalized.’
- Not to go off on a tangent but we as a society need to focus on the underlying issues contributing to our culture of violence. Guns are but a symptom of the problem.
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,