That’s what they do. That’s what they’re for. Make no mistake. A gun is the absolute, perfect tool for the prescribed job.
When you want to take a life, have a gun handy. I’m not so sure why this is so difficult for people to accept. Guns are tools, made for a specific purpose. And, in the right hands, they are just about flawless.
Given the recent events in Tucson, Arizona, the call for stricter gun laws in America has once again gone out. Arizona has some of America’s most lenient gun restrictions. Currently, you are not required to obtain a conceal-carry license to carry a handgun in the state of Arizona. It is important to note; you DO have to pass a Federal background check in order to purchase a handgun. The shooter in the Tucson incident DID pass that Federal background check. He followed the law, and despite having a history of mental illness (which would also preclude him from obtaining a firearm under Arizona law), was deemed eligible by the U.S. Federal Government to purchase a firearm. He followed the protocol. The system failed.
I happen to live in Phoenix. The entire situation is horrible on every level. My thoughts and sympathies go out to all of those affected by this senseless act by a lone, deranged loser. I will not identify him. He deserves no recognition for any other facet of his life other than the stupidity of this decision.
I also need to preface the forthcoming thoughts on this with two things…
First, I am not a member of any pro-gun organization. I do not subscribe to any political party, and have no universal political beliefs. To watch how this has become a platform for politics is truly saddening. I happen to hate the idea of having to own a gun. I think “gun nuts” are a dangerous lot. Too much passion for anything is unhealthy in the long run. You know the kind of person I’m talking about.
That being said, I own several. I am a well-armed American. I don’t want to be. I have to be. I had a very serious situation arise in 1997, in Memphis Tennessee that necessitated I become so.
I was working a night job. Late one night, after I had come home, someone attempted to gain entry into my home. I called the Memphis Police and (making a long story short) they could not come. I was left to my own defense. At the time, I did not own a gun. Immediately following the events of that evening, I purchased my first firearm. I then took the necessary classes, followed all Federal laws, and obtained my conceal-carry license for the state. As much respect as I have for law enforcement, I had come to realize that the safety of my family could not be entrusted to them. They had to prioritize that night, and my family was not their priority.
Well…it certainly is mine.
And so, I am a trained, well-armed, American citizen.
To listen to celebrities like Harrison Ford call for stricter gun laws in the wake of this tragedy is simply offensive to me. First of all…Han shot first. Let’s not forget that Mr. Ford has made a pretty penny off the American public by portraying characters in his films that more often than not used guns to defend themselves or others. At no time in any of Mr. Ford’s films has there ever been shown the mental anguish that overcomes someone when they’ve taken a human life. It is the ultimate decision, and regret is an inevitable result. He has spent a good amount of his career, and made untold millions off of a cavalier attitude toward gun use.
I find the hypocrisy a bit confusing.
The fact remains that this was the act of a single disturbed individual. An individual who followed the law. But, somewhere along the way, his wires got crossed, and did the unthinkable.
To listen to political sycophants, and opportunists use tragedy to elevate their cause is sickening. This is not the time. Nor is during so many families’ period of grief the forum. Shame on everyone, who has attempted to use this event as a political tipping-point for their agenda.
You simply cannot make the entire populace pay for the acts of an individual. The majority is supposed to rule in America. Every day in this country, over 308 million people go through their daily lives. Most of whom have the legal right to own guns. And, most of whom do not abdicate their personal responsibility. The great majority of gun crimes are committed by those who did not adhere to current gun law. So, why would we make those that have, suffer?
It doesn’t make sense.
Using that logic, guns kill people. So do automobiles. Let’s make it tougher for all Americans to drive. So does obesity. Should we employ food rations so that those Americans who do exercise restraint are prohibited from their freedom to obtain food? How about cigarettes? Why isn’t it more difficult to get cigarettes? I’m not saying it should be. But, it is fact that they kill more people each day than guns.
It comes down to personal responsibility. You may want to print those two words out, and show them to your local lawmakers, or those who want to legislate behavior. At some point, we have to stop babysitting everyone, and hold those responsible for their actions accountable.
I hope I never have to fire my guns. I hate having to own them. But, when I made the decision to arm myself, I also accepted the responsibility that comes with it. So does everyone else who goes through the process.
The law-abiding should never pay the price for the criminal.
Gun laws are useless. The criminal doesn’t subscribe to them. The law-abiding gun owner is never going to give them up. We have them. We will use them if need be. We hope that day never comes.
People will do what they are going to do. No law can stop a motivated human being. And again, in this instance, the law was abided.
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