Guns Gone Wild

Posted: April 22, 2007 in All, Blogroll, Controversy, politics, rants, Thoughts

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But, what is a gun? Simple question, or is it? Guns are weapons. They are built and designed to kill.  And with every passing year, guns are built to destroy more, damage more, and to be bigger and better than they were the year before.

Yes, you can use them for target shooting, but that is not their purpose. Why is it that you have to do more to earn the privilege to drive a car than to earn the privilege of owning a gun? Why is it that one needs to practice, go take a test, and pass that test before obtaining the right to drive? And you need to continue to retake that test every few years in order to keep that license. However, I can go into a gun shop, fill out a form, permit a criminal background check, and in 10 minutes walk out with a gun? No practice required. No education required. No test required. Nothing further is required of me to keep that gun for the rest of my life, so long as I do not become a felon.

If you want a gun to shoot a deer, a squirrel, or even a beer can, I really don’t give a damn. But if you are my next door neighbor, I deserve the security to know that I can trust you with the power to shoot and kill me from the comfort of your lazy boy. I deserve the security of knowing you have had the education on how to use that gun, and how to store and clean it. I deserve the security in knowing that you are not a schizophrenic who hears voices that tell you to shoot anything that comes within 5 feet of your house. Your body, your life, your choice to own that gun. But if it has the potential of effecting my body, my life and my choices…I want and deserve for you to have restrictions and control over your possession of that deadly weapon.

I can’t go into a airport with a bottle of water because of terrorist. But a man who was in a mental hospital because he threatened to kill himself or somebody else can be released from the hospital, go into a pawn shop, and walk out with a gun…with the power to kill. I can not even begin to understand the logic in this. The NRA is a powerful organization. They become downright hostile if anyone even breaths the word gun control. They immediately go into a war like mode, and twist and turn the words of the person who is fighting for tougher gun laws. If I had any kind of influence at all, this very post would send them into a frenzy. They would immediately twist my words into saying that I am against all guns, and no one should be allowed to have them, under any circumstances. They would come up with whatever they could to destroy and shut me up. But luckily, no one really gives a damn what this 30 something has to say. None the less, this 30 something is mad as hell that there are not enough restrictions on a machine that is made to weaken, injure, and destroy. I really don’t give a damn about your amendment rights, when they have the potential of interfering with my amendment rights. And until we can meet on some level ground, there is not a chance in hell that I will be shutting up anytime soon!  Guns have gone wild, but you haven’t seen anything yet unless something is done to end this madness.

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Comments
  1. seneca says:

    I agree.

    There is NO good purpose to a hand gun, especially an automated hand gun.

    Let people defend their home with rifles or shotguns. By the way, it is extremely rare that a home needs to be defended. Compare that fact to the tens of thousands of innocents who are killed each year in America.

    There is something base and horrifying about the NRA’s solution which is arming everyone.. The solution to death by handgun is more handguns!

    In all my years of life, I have never needed a weapon.

  2. thesouthtoday says:

    Going armed should mean that you have the brains to defend yourself.

    Nevertheless I am stunned that people are talking about gun control rather than the problems of inadequate health care for people with mental illness. We should be discussing our society alright but gun control should come at the bottom of the list of what ails our society.

  3. Bob Robertson says:

    The problem at VT was not that there were too many guns.

    The problem was, and remains, that there was only one gun, in the hands of the murderer.

    Had there been even a single other gun on campus, lives could have been saved. And if it saves even one irreplaceable life, isn’t that worth it?

    Pearl, MS, killer brings gun to school, good guys go get their own guns and stop the killer. Previous Virgina (west, I think) college shooting, two good guys get their own guns and stop the killer. Virginia Tech, bad guy has the only gun in the school, while the police lounge around outside waiting for the shooting to stop (just like at Columbine).

    If it saves just one life, isn’t it worth it? And don’t worry, I would never force someone to carry a gun that doesn’t want to. Unfortunately, you will not afford me the same courtesy by allowing me my own choice in the matter.

    I thought that defending ones own life was a human right? When do y’all start taking away people’s human rights?

  4. Manymeez says:

    See, there you go. I guess I was wrong. You don’t have to have influence in order to have your words twisted. I said absolutely nothing about taking away anyone’s right to own a gun. I’m am only suggesting that you might think about why is it harder to get a driver’s license than it is to get a weapon that is designed to kill? Don’t you think, just maybe that it should be harder to get a gun than it is to get a driver’s license? If however, you think that if every home, business, and school had a gun, most of the violence in the world would cease…then more power to ya! About the health care crisis here in America…You’re absolutely correct. People should be alarmed about the care the mentally ill receive. But that doesn’t put the gun control issue at the bottom of the list…at the very least, right next to it!

  5. Manymeez, making it harder to buy a gun does take away or impair someone’s ability to own a gun. You may not be inclined to believe that they can be brandished but not discharged resulting in death, thereby frightening off a mugger or rapist but that fact is they are used to prevent crime.

    http://www.a-human-right.com/

  6. Bobby says:

    As you know; I am a police officer. However, I too agree with your overall statement. A good friend and fellow officer was shot and killed while on duty by a 15 yr old child in February. When asked why he did; what he did. The boy responded “ I wanted to be grown.” A scary thought that a gun in the hands of a mere boy ; caused him to interpret that weapon as being considered an adult, powerful, and invincible. Politically, the opinions vary and we find ourselves dealing with many different laws and restrictions. Nothing is uniform. Of course, then again our society is not uniformed, and VERY desensitized.

  7. M1A dav says:

    If the mainstream media was fair, and didn’t have a hidden agenda, maybe we as an informed people would be able to make a take more educated path on gun control. Adolph Hitler was a stanch proponet of gun control. But lets let the more recent facts speak for themselves. (the facts are there if you really wan’t to take the time to find them.)

    It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced
    by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by
    our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
    The first year results are now in:
    Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent,
    Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent ;
    Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
    In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent.
    (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!)
    While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.
    There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home
    Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in “successfully ridding Australian society of guns.” You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
    The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
    Take note Americans, before it’s too late!

  8. M1A dav says:

    Another small fact we’ll never hear about, Are you listening America.

    Kennesaw, Ga., City Hall
    As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms.
    In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of “Wild West” showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.
    The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.
    Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.
    By comparison, the population of Morton Grove, the first city in Illinois to adopt a gun ban for anyone other than police officers, has actually dropped slightly and stands at 22,202, according to 2005 statistics. More significantly, perhaps, the city’s crime rate increased by 15.7 percent immediately after the gun ban, even though the overall crime rate in Cook County rose only 3 percent. Today, by comparison, the township’s crime rate stands at 2,268 per 100,000.
    This was not what some predicted.
    In a column titled “Gun Town USA,” Art Buchwald suggested Kennesaw would soon become a place where routine disagreements between neighbors would be settled in shootouts. The Washington Post mocked Kennesaw as “the brave little city … soon to be pistol-packing capital of the world.” Phil Donahue invited the mayor on his show.
    Reuters, the European news service, today revisited the Kennesaw controversy following the Virginia Tech Massacre.
    Police Lt. Craig Graydon said: “When the Kennesaw law was passed in 1982 there was a substantial drop in crime … and we have maintained a really low crime rate since then. We are sure it is one of the lowest (crime) towns in the metro area.” Kennesaw is just north of Atlanta.
    The Reuters story went on to report: “Since the Virginia Tech shootings, some conservative U.S. talk show hosts have rejected attempts to link the massacre to the availability of guns, arguing that had students been allowed to carry weapons on campus someone might have been able to shoot the killer.”
    Virginia Tech, like many of the nation’s schools and college campuses, is a so-called “gun-free zone,” which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence – especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.

    More children have been killed in swimming pools, than firearms. So lets outlaw pools and bathtubs.

  9. Manymeez says:

    Lots of info M1A Dav. Thanks for taking the time to post your opinions, and being respectful in the process. You didn’t say where your information comes from. But if you check out the Gun Control Australia website, they equate the Sporting Shooters Association with the NRA in the U.S. Firstly, they’re statistics for the total number of gun deaths in Australia in 2003 are down since the government introduced stricter gun laws 10 and half year ago. The statistics are at this website: http://www.guncontrol.org.au/index.php?article=75
    Check out the website http://www.guncontrol.org.au/index.php?article=70 to get information on why Gun control is a good idea. For all of you gun enthusiast out there, breath, calm down here. Pay attention…it’s gun control, not gun removal. You can still own your precious gun, but you must be well skilled and trained to use that weapon. You must be required to store that gun in such a way that not only minor’s cannot access it, but criminal’s who break into your home when you’re not there cannot access that gun. There is no way in hell anyone can convince me that you need the right to possess a semi-automatic assault weapon. It’s just not necessary.
    Spend some time at http://www.guncontrol.org. There is a lot of useful information there.
    And just something to consider about the writer’s comment above regarding swimming pools and bath tubs….the reason why there are more deaths associated with pools and tubs is because of irresponsibility. That’s why there is so much training and information on what parents should and should not do in regards to their children around pools. But adults can be very careless, even in situations where we know there is danger. Let’s face it, some people are moron’s. But swimming pools are not designed and manufactured to kill, guns are. There needs to be more gun control, and the above website’s offer evidence that gun control can and does work.

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