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OK, Let's Talk Guns
I know, when ever you talk about guns in the US the first thing you are told is “but it’s in the Constitution”. I don’t care: change or amend the Constitution.
So the arguments put forward for not changing the gun laws are:
1. You could be in your place of work and some disgruntled customer comes in to shoot up your boss and some of the workers. You need the weapon to defend yourself.
2. A child could be in High School when another student, stressed out with exams comes in shooting. You need a gun to defend yourself.
3. You could be at home and armed burglars target your house. You need a gun to protect yourself.
These may be true but in none of these cases do I see the need for an assault rifle.
In the 1st and 2nd cases there have already been several such instances, yet even with the law being as it is I did not see these instances from being stopped. They just seem to be hypothetical situations that do not stand up in facts.
As for the 3rd situation, even I could perhaps agree with the need for home protection but that means the gun is in the house. I do not see the need for a weapon for use in home protection being carried on the street. If no one was allowed to carry weapons, it would be harder and more risky for burglars to go to a house armed.
Times have changed and we are not in the days of the Wild West anymore, you will no longer be challenged to draw at sundown for spilling a drink. Even in those days though, people did not walk into schools with guns blazing.
Not just times but attitudes have also changed. Today the attitudes of people, especially the young, are not compatible to the bearing of arms.
The majority of Americans realize this but the politicians find the “Gun Lobby” too strong. Why is this?
Yes, there are Americans that live in parts of the”wilderness” and rely on hunting and their rights to licenses can be looked at on an individual basis but in the cities?
Weekend hunters who live in the cities should be provided with armories at the outskirts of town where they can sign out their individual weapons, signing them back in before returning to the city.
Businesses can be treated the same as homes, weapons allowed on the property only.
Now we come to the real problem. Many of the rich and powerful appear to get high on “power” and to them the feel of a gun is a feeling of power. They will go for target practice and relish in the power they feel from the recoil. They can hardly wait and wish that they could get the opportunity to fire at a real person; they can anticipate the rush that they would get.
For all their longing to pull the trigger in earnest, these are people that you will NOT see in Iraq or Afghanistan. There the targets can shoot back.
Many of the politicians themselves fit into this last group and the others welcome the benefits afforded them from turning a blind eye. Anyway, why should they care, if things get worse they will just get the tax payers to pay security for them and their families.
- America Under the Knife
With the state the US has become today, do other countries really want to be like them?
Last week one state brought into law, that a hunter could use a silencer. Silencers were not intended for that purpose but can be of a great advantage to someone intent on misdoings and now they may legally be allowed to carry one along with their weapon.
The laws are getting laxer.
It is time that the American people woke up to what their country is becoming. They should lobby their representatives and tell them that enough is enough and strict gun laws should be enacted and enforced.
With stricter gun laws perhaps the Trayvon/Zimmerman case would not be taking place. Perhaps the Hope Columbine Memorial Library would not have to have been built and perhaps the citizens of America could once again feel safe on their own streets.
When you send a young man off to war and put a gun in his hand, he is expected to use it. Society is wrong to bring that man home, allow him to have a gun in his hand yet expect him not to use it. These are violent times, internationally. Try not to let the violence spread to your own streets.
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