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Gun Laws May Be The Best Way To Protect Gun Rights!
The recent and tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut have certainly brought the issue of Gun 'Control' to the table once again, and rightfully so. I've always been a huge proponent of our right to bear arms and feel strongly (still) that these rights need to be protected. However, I have been unable to engage in the debate until now because I have been truly grief stricken over the loss of our littlest fellow countrymen. Even now, as I fight back tears at the thought of it all, I think it's time for me to join the discussion in honor of those suffering and those lost... because this matters... this matters a lot!
So - how the hell is a pro gun liberal like me supposed to feel? It's taken me quite a few tearful days to figure it out but I think I've got it... I'm supposed to feel obligated to think this through. Morally obligated to weigh my very strong support of our gun rights against an even stronger responsibility to ensure that America remains a safe haven for our children.
Here's what I've come up with... Guns are deadly in the wrong hands! Go ahead, try and argue with that!
This leads to only one logical solution... we must attempt to protect our communities from crazy f*cks with guns. The only way to do this is to improve, enhance, and intensify the process required to obtain a gun. Let me clarify - NOT to make it impossible or illegal to obtain a gun but to make damn sure it ain't easy. This means that responsible gun owners and enthusiasts might have to jump through a few additional hoops too... it's all about check points and if we put more checks in place we just might deter some crazy f*ck from getting their hands on an arsenal with which to turn their sick, delusional fantasies into reality.
Needless to say, this DOES mean that everyone jumps through more hoops... that everyone suffers through a bit more red tape... everyone endures a longer wait or a more stringent set of requirements. Honestly, I can't see what the problem could possibly be with this solution. Our gun rights are protected, responsible gun owners maintain their ability to purchase guns and a few crazies are caught in the web along the way. Can any decent and intelligent gun owner really argue with that? Does it suck that crazy people want to shoot up our schools? Yup. Does it suck that this forces us to rethink access even though it will also impact those who aren't bash*t crazy? Yup. Do we have a choice? Nope - not if we put our safety and our obligation to keep our children safe above our need for instant or simple gratification.
Will we stop every tragedy? Let's not go down that road... it's a waste of space and breath. We can't feed every hungry child but that simply doesn't mean we should walk passed the ones sitting right in front of us. All of us pro gunners are always talking about how gun owners promote safety, that they don't let crimes happen - they deter them... Well? There is more than one way to skin a cat, my friends!
We must do what can be done to prevent the abuse of our rights before our rights become so threatening to society that they are taken away.
Yes, mental health is another factor that must be addressed. But I'm a liberal and I've always believed that social programs, access to healthcare, and providing for those less fortunate or capable is within our obligation and interests as a great free society! So, if I see one more 'conservative' claiming that the answer has nothing to do with gun 'control' and everything to do with providing programs for the mentally ill I'm going to piss myself! It's hysterical - step off!
We liberals have always felt that way and may rightfully discuss that perspective - you, you conservatives who don't believe in programs that address issues before they happen or cause further damage or expense to our country - screw off... consider yourselves either reformed or get your own ideas! We've been saying... feed the hungry/provide for the very poor to prevent their desperation from harming the rest of us (aside from being the morally and ethically appropriate thing to do), provide healthcare to the masses before they show up in our emergency rooms or in need of more serious treatments at far greater expense (or simply dead for lack of care)... so yes, by all means... provide care for the nut jobs before they shoot up our damn schools... indeed - let's do that!
I keep seeing these crazy pro gun posts and this hurts me because as I've expressed, I'm pro gun... I've watched the news tirelessly and heard every word the president has said and yet I have not heard him say he aims to disarm America. I've heard him repeat over and over and over again that he supports the second amendment but that it is within his responsibility to address a growing problem by looking carefully at the laws... not to keep guns out of your hands... but to keep them out of the hands of batsh*t crazy f*cking nut jobs without the capacity to value human life... Let's not look stupid my pro gun friends... this is a reality we must face and it may very well be the best way to protect our rights in the long run... how many schools can possibly be shot up before our rights are entirely stripped away for the safety of our population.
It's true, you don't need an assault rifle to hunt or defend yourself... maybe you enjoy shooting them but then maybe they should require storage at a registered facility that will maintain responsibility for those weapons... the ones your NOT going to need to grab if someone breaks into your house or if Bambi happens to wander through the yard.
I do believe that there is much work to be done and I know it's controversial at best... but I think we owe it to our children to accept the fact that the issue is of great importance. We need to be responsible enough to rethink our positions... If making it all a little more complicated for everyone will make it damn near impossible for the crazies - isn't that something we're willing to accept for our kids?
I also agree that the only way to even begin to protect our schools from someone truly set on shooting them up is to have armed protection. Metal detectors won't stop someone who is openly wielding a gun with reckless abandon. Nothing will... except another person with a gun. Might not work every time but it's certainly worth a try in preventing further tragedies.
Although whomever suggested we arm teachers should be shot in the foot. How absurd! Will you people stop making reasonable gun advocates look so freaking stupid! It's the most unsustainable, dangerous, and irresponsible thing I've ever heard. Even if you did find a few fully trained and certified gun wielding teachers you'd never be able to get them all to do so - you'll never get that added to the responsibilities or requirements of being a teacher... I don't even think this requires any additional debunking but I could go on and on if anyone cares to argue.
So, that's all there is to it. We need to accept our responsibility to allow stricter laws to hinder future crimes. Although we don't need to tolerate being stripped of our right to protect ourselves or our right to hunt or our right to be a little paranoid in preparing for a zombie apocalypse (just in case)... we do need to think long and hard about the kinds of guns we need and the kinds we don't along with the kinds of hoops we're willing to jump through to protect our children and prevent tragedies.
Being a gun law must be a thankless job - we probably never know when they have prevented a tragedy or saved a life - only when they have inconvenienced us.
Gun control is for people, not guns. Gun rights will certainly be threatened if we keep allowing crazy f*cks to get their hands on guns. We must at least try to do something about it. I could never look my first grader in the eyes again if I was not willing to change my tune...