Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gun Bans? I Hope Not...

This is for those people who think guns kill people and they need to be removed from our society.  I have owned guns since I was a teenager.  I have owned rifles and handguns.  Most of them I bought specifically for protection of my home and property.  Fortunately, I have never had to use one of them for that purpose.

In the 38 years since that I have owned firearms none of them has ever killed anyone, nor even come close.  In fact, they have remained in the box or on the shelf where I placed them and never once went out on their own.  They are proof that guns, at least in my experience, do not kill people.

Now, on the other hand, if you put one of my guns into the hands of an evil, angry or mentally disturbed person bent on doing someone harm, the gun would most likely respond accordingly.  Just as if you put a drunk person behind the wheel of a vehicle and give him the keys, the car is going to respond to whatever the driver does.  Drunk drivers kill people in this country every day yet there is no demand for a ban on alcohol or motor vehicles.  There are also laws against illegal drug use.  How's that working out?

The man who killed those 27 people in Connecticut, including  his own mother, had no criminal record nor anything obvious that would have predicted what he did.  His mother apparently knew there was something wrong with him (according to some neighbors) but it seems it was never something that she sought treatment for.  His mother was a reported gun enthusiast and kept weapons in their home.  For whatever reason, on the morning of the 14th, the man took one of her weapons and viciously killed her by putting four bullets into her face, then took more of her guns to the school and for reasons as yet unknown, began murdering people.  Would he have acted in this manner if he didn't have his mother's guns?  We will  never know.  But on the same day in China a man attacked nearly the same number of  school children with a knife.  So don't say it couldn't have happened without the gun.

In Chicago and Washington DC, guns were outlawed by their respective mayors several years ago.  Those two cities have some of the highest murder rates in the country.  It seems the old adage is true...  "If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have them."  The murder rate in Chicago and DC seem to prove this theory.  And as for gun free zones - Sandy Hook Elementary was a gun free zone.  The shooter didn't really seem to care so much.

Taking guns away from honest, law abiding citizens will not prevent gun violence committed by those who don't follow the  laws and morals of the land anyway.  It will only make us victims.  It's not rocket science.  It's pretty clear cut.  Those who want to kill will find a way unless they're stopped.  Sometimes the only thing that can stop it is a good guy with a gun.  But if there are no good guys with guns out there, then I guess the bad guys have nothing to fear.

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