Guns and a Heritage Guaranteed by our Constitution

Our forefathers were expert rifleman and hunters.
Our forefathers were expert rifleman and hunters.

Our Right to Own Guns

We now live in a world where so many are fearful. I suppose the impetus for this fear which can never be ignored and will forever live in infamy. The terrorist attack to our homeland on that fateful September morning in 2011 was an act of terror we in the civilized world can hardly understand. There seems to be no safe haven where escape from those named and unnamed (extremists) possessing vile intentions whose sole desire is to inflict harm, kill, destroy and terrorize the world.The sad reality is that extremist groups and individuals who for whatever reasons that are deeply embedded in their demonic deranged mindset, are hell bent on killing and will continue to exist to inflict their venomous poison of hate in spite of all the efforts to deter them. This is not to say much has been done already but regardless, our world has changed.

More of a concern are the random shootings within our own country by "Americans." The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the one earlier this year in a movie theater in Colorado certainly tore the heart and soul of our emotional fiber of all of Americans. The senseless shootings and deaths resulting from mentally deranged individuals gone over the edge of sanity, has not only affected these families but everyone who hold human life and the peaceful culture we have enjoyed for over two centuries. We have watched shedding tears empathizing with those who have had loved ones taken from them, many who were children loved by moms and dads, brothers and sister.This type of grief is mind boggling and even our most sincere efforts fall short. We ponder these questions: Should there be stricter laws, more background checks, and limiting the size of ammunition clips. Where will the next tragedy happen and how many will be victims? The questions are hard and deserve answers but solutions that are logical and effective.

The debates go on. Special task forces given the responsibility to find answers. Even from the Executive office of our "President", new directives have been signed. It is good to debate and study these issues but will these curtail or even stop those who have a will to kill the innocent. It has been proven none of the laws in effect relative to gun control would not have averted the recent tragedies Do not these "new" directives impede or stop those who are bent on spending their venomous acts of hate? As Americans, we are guaranteed by our constitution to own guns. The second amendment to our Constitution reads :

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

For the most part, we as Americans have always been a nation of gun owners. In the beginning the guns owned by our forefathers stood to defend and win a way of life that has become our heritage. Within my family lineage are those who fought at the Battle of Cowpens in a rousing defeat of the British, the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War. Like most males here in the Blue Ridge mountains, I grew up learning about guns. My dad loved to hunt and always owned a shotgun and a rifle. He rarely did any target shooting. The guns and ammunition were used to hunt small game lie squirrels and rabbits. We ate the meat and when not hunting, the guns were kept in a safe place where we as children did not have access. He taught me and my brother about gun safety and how to clean and maintain the guns in our house. As for me and my brother, our first guns were cap busters,BB guns and today my grandsons also have cap busters. As we grew older we were allowed to own a 22 rifle and shotguns.

Both my brother and I served our country and we were trained to use M16 rifles. We had to learn how to completely tear down those M16's, clean them and put them back together. On the battlefield during a firefight, our training would be our life line and our rifle and those of our fellow soldiers our first line of defense,

Today there are many who still enjoy hunting, shooting skeet and competitive shooting. These are sportsmen who have no intentions to ever cause harm to anyone. Those who hunt do have high powered rifles and most if not all have undergone special training in gun safety. In our county, there are private as well as public shooting ranges where those who enjoy shooting targets can enjoy their hobby in a safe environment. Local law officers also have a shooting range where they can maintain their skills. When studied the tragic events of recent days would not have been prevented by any laws currently on the books including Presidential directives relative to gun control. The guns used were legally purchased according to news reports by individuals who had passed all the required permits to obtain the weapons used by them to create harm.

Steps taken to insure more security at our nations schools and public places have become necessary and I think this is a good thing. Legislating more gun control laws does not seem to be the right answer. The more pressing issue of how to identify individuals most likely to use guns to inflict death to the masses is one that may never be solved.

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MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

I fully agree with you. The experience in India is a pointer where getting a gun license is difficult and yet there are 75 million unlicensed guns. Men want to own guns and that cannot be stopped, unless you have a communist society like China where even owning a air gun merits a jail term. Nobody wants that. Better solutions have to be worked out than restricting guns.

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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Assault weapons are designed for one purpose - to kill lots of people quickly. They have no place in daily life and should be banned.

In Colonial America, free, adult white males were required to own guns and attend public meetings armed in case of Indian attacks. Furthermore, they were required to keep them in good condition along with a specified amount of ammunition; however, they were also required to attend "muster” on a regular basis to be prepared to defend their settlements and to demonstrate that their weapons were in safe working condition and that they knew how to use them. Additionally, in many of the colonies, the militia was required to store all guns in a secure, central location. That's your well-regulated militia. Anti-gun control supporters would not stand for this for a minute, yet they claim to be acting according to the desires of the Founding Fathers.

To learn more about gun regulation in Colonial America, see:

Colonial Firearm Regulation

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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

To defend you property, all you need is a 12-bore shotgun: devastating at short range but hard to carry around at shoot-up schools, etc. Hand-guns aren't generally used for hunting and the animals should be left in peace anyway, except perhaps deer and some birds in season. Licences should be expensive.

This whole "gun culture" in the US and other countries cannot be understood by more reasonable peoples.

Forget bloody guns and live a life of peace and goodwill...that example will filter through to many of the criminal classes as well.

At the very least, right now, these crazy assault weapons should be banned forever.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

I agree Bob. There is no need for the average person to own one of these bad boys. The average sportsman or hunter doesn't need one either. The sad thing is, the bad guys are the ones who have them, gun control or not.

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you Suzanne for your nice comments and the link you have shared.

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Ghost32 4 years ago

"Crazy assault weapons?"

When the Second Amendment was written, single shot rifles WERE the assault weapons of the times. The core purpose of the Amendment is, and always has been, to prevent the growth of a purely tyrannical government to the point of being able to enslave the people without effective opposition--not "hunting", though that's a valuable secondary benefit.

The huge number of rifles is also a huge deterrent to potential foreign invaders.

diogenes: Shotguns, by the way, have been used in recent mass murder debacles, too. It's not the types of guns available that make for horrible mass killings, but the LACK of guns in the hands of the victims or, where the victims are too young (as in Newtown), the lack of guns in the hands of their protectors (teachers, etc.).

In Utah, there are several hundred armed individuals in schools RIGHT NOW, interested teachers and principals and janitors who took special training courses and began packing some time ago. Which sounds pretty good, since the average number of casualties where a wannabe mass murderer starts shooting and the POLICE have to respond is 14-point-something, statistically, while the average number of casualties where an ARMED CIVILIAN ON SITE confronts the shooter (whether not the perpetrator is killed or whether he simply retreats when encountering resistance) is 2.3.

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Excellent! Thanks for your comments.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Gang control and not gun control is the better path for a solution to violent crimes in the US

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thanks for your comment.

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Guns are not the problem, people are. Anything in the wrong hands can be a weapon.

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you breakfastpop for your comment. It's those wrong hands and those cannot be controlled by gun control laws.

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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

Fiddleman, a non-negotiable prison sentence for each instance of possession of an assault weapon can and will deter criminals from possessing them. In fact, it has done so in the past. Fully half of the mass shootings that have ever occurred in our nation have occurred since the lifting of the ban in 2005.

If criminals know they will be facing an automatic 5 year prison sentence (for example) for mere possession of an assault weapon even if they are only stopped for a traffic ticket or some other offense, they will think twice about assembling an arsenal of assault weapons.

Adam Lanza and James Holmes would not have had access to these weapons if a ban had been in place. With proper waiting periods and screenings, Holmes might not have had access to weapons at all. While they (and others like) them might still have gone off the deep end and committed violent crimes, the magnitude would have been greatly lessened by stringent screening and lack of availability of assault weapons.

@Breakfastpop - Assault weapons are, indeed, a problem. Remember that on the very day Adam Lanza killed 27 people in in a few minutes, a man burst into a school in China wielding a meat cleaver and injured 20 people. No one was killed. Yes, there are lots of weapons, but there is no comparison between commonly available items that can be used as weapons and assault weapons.

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you Suzanne for your comments.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I was just talking with some moms about guns and they agreed that guns are not the problem, it's the people who use them improperly. As Pop says, above -- anything can be a lethal weapon.

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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

No, teaches, "anything" cannot be a lethal weapon on a scale with assault weapons. James Holmes and Adam Lanza could not have wrought the scale of mayhem they did with a regular handgun or rifle, much less with "anything". The fact that assault weapons were available to them made it possible for them to kill multiple people very quickly.

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thank you teaches12345 and just me suzanne for your comments. It is true these weapons were available to Holmes and Lanza just as they are to anyone who can obtain the legal permits to do so. While preventing the sale of assault rifles and clips that only contain limited rounds of ammunition appears to be a solution to pacify those who are seeking stricter laws, I feel it is not a deterrent to stop individuals who have intentions of causing mass murder they will still find a way to get them illegally and apparently have no fear of the law or the consequences.

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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California


The total number of deaths from assault rifles killing more than one person is very small, and they are few and far between.

Do you really think that a law is going to scare someone that is contemplating Murder?

Drunk drivers kill more people, more often than assault rifles. And the threat of a manslaughter or murder charge doesn't stop drinkers from driving.

Laws cannot protect us from random acts of violence.

Bombs like Oklahoma City at the Federal Building is more devastating than an assault rifle.

A vehicle can mow down a large number of people in a city street.

A person can spook a crowd at a subway station during rush hour onto the tracks moments before the train comes to the platform.

It sounds like you are caught up in the media hype.

Mexico has a strict ban on guns and assault rifles, but the Mexican Cartels are armed like an army, and they outgun and have better weapons than the US Border Patrol.

Mexico's cartel problem is also our problem, because the customers of the cartel are on our side of the border.

The ban on assault rifles is an emotional issue, but not a solution.

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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

If Lanza's mother had not had an assault weapon in the house, he would not have access to one. If Holmes had not been able to buy multiple assault weapons and 6000 rounds of ammunition online without any sort of background check, he would not have had access to those weapons. Neither of these emotionally and socially challenged borderline (or perhaps fully) schizotypal individuals would have had the wherewithal to purchase these weapons in person at a gun shop or on the black market.

Assault weapons are designed for one purpose: Killing massive numbers of people quickly. They have NO PLACE in day to day life and must be banned with harshly enforced restrictions.l

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