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People and Guns Kill People...but Mostly People!!!
Isn't she lovely... isn't she wonderful...
I know, give 'er a gun!
Is anyone paying attention?
Ah, the great debate, are people bad or are guns bad? Well this issue has been heavily debated and disputed since I have existed and each side of the debate brings aggressive beliefs, there really isn’t much room for middle ground. However, I think that is exactly where the debate needs to end…in the middle. Personally, I think guns suck. But I’m not a hunter and I’m not in the military, so I don’t really see what I would need them for, but I can understand why a hunter would and I can see why the armed forces would. I say guns suck because it is unfortunate that while there may be some good uses and reasons for guns, way too many people have been unnecessarily hurt or killed from them.
Don’t we realize that the more guns that are floating around, the more people are going to be killed by them? What reason does a regular U.S. citizen need an assault rifle for…plan on having 20 people break into your house and make an attempt on your life at once? But…at the same time I can see a point on the other side.
When we implement gun laws and controls, we potentially limit law abiding citizens of their right for protection (as questionable as that may be). But….and this is a big BUT, criminals, psychopaths, sociopaths and bad people are going to go about obtaining weapons and using them in the same manner they always have, despite the new laws or regulations. So we are making it harder for “good people” to get guns but they are still easily accessible to the “bad guys”. What if guns didn't exist at all? I know, I know... pencils can kill people and spoons can kill people, so unless we could equally think about what it would be like to have no pencils or spoons, we have no business considering what the extinction of guns would be like.
Now…the real issue? Who kills people and who is being killed? Arguing whether or not someone deserves to live or die will be an extremely debatable argument in most instances. Should bad guys die…well maybe, whose idea of bad are we referring to? Should innocent people die…never, and that’s probably rarely, if ever debated.
The end of the conversation is that the problem exists before someone even has access to a firearm. It is not “normal” to kill; we cannot say that everyone will kill someone in his/her lifetime. What makes people kill in the first place? Okay, sometimes self-defense, but what are we defending ourselves against? Most innocent and unnecessary deaths are the result of psychological, emotional, mental issues. Yes, some people are temporarily insane, but a lot of people have been struggling and probably undiagnosed, misdiagnosed or undetected for long periods of time.
Or at least lazy
Poor, innocent child
Look at all of these tragic school murders! They are done by children. I don’t believe in blaming parents for their children’s actions and I’m sure that these parents have to live with an insurmountable amount of guilt already. But, this is exactly why I am a very vocal in my beliefs in parental involvement and current family relationships. Blame it on whatever makes us sleep at night, but we aren’t families anymore, and that’s our choice. Yes, I am disgusted with what we have turned into, we are an advanced technology, media obsessed nation. We have handed our children technology to raise them and media to guide them. Yes, both technology and media can both be awesome contributions to a growing America, they should be resources. It’s sad when our children know more about what is going on in a Kardashian’s life then one of their own siblings? It is sad when our children can’t draw Hopscotch or Square Ball in chalk but can upload images into a cellphone at 7 years old.
As parents we need to be so involved in raising our children that we may prevent or detect emotional, psychological or mental issues.