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The TRUTH About Guns
What is a gun? Is it evil? Why are they so controversial? As a veteran of the US Military, I've had to train with them, but even before I joined I owned guns. Yes plural. My first gun was a .22LR rifle, the classic Ruger 10/22. The second a .44 magnum Winchester lever action 'cowboy reminiscent' hunting rifle. I've since acquired 4 more guns of a wide variety, and you might ask why, and I would respond why not? I purchased these for sporting purposes, mainly target shooting as I don't like to deal with the messy cleanup of hunting and have a greater respect for life than to shoot it for sport, but the underlying purpose of owning any gun is personal protection; protection from others, from dangerous animals, and protection from a government unwilling to protect my freedom and liberty. I joined the military to fight for my freedom and liberty, and sacrificed many of my own freedom's in that process, but one that I strongly believe should never be suppressed or unreasonably restricted is the 2nd amendment.
How many kids were afraid of the dark, the boogie man, or that monster in their closet when they were growing up? How many people have never been afraid of anything in their entire life? I don't think there are many, but I do know that those fears stem from one thing... a fear of the unknown; unknown possibilities, potentials, what if's... a fear of their nightmares becoming reality. This is what guns are becoming to Americans.
People hear about them (guns) being the source of violence on the news, but in reality the source isn't the gun. The source is the person. Terrible things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people, and they happen every day. The solution to gun violence is not more restrictions on guns. It's our SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT! We're FIRST free to speak how we want provided it doesn't provoke violence or riots, and we're SECONDLY free to bear arms (i.e. weapons) in protection of ourselves, our homes, and our loved ones. Gun owners/operators are who helped fight for our emancipation, for our independence, and it's guns that keep protecting those rights we fought for. Why are so many Americans afraid of the thing that gave us our rights, freedoms, and liberties? Why are so many Americans afraid of their duty to protect and defend their country with their lives? Owning a gun is a choice, but knowing how to use one is at the very heart of American duty, loyalty, and patriotism.
So, what is a gun? It's a piece of a metal forged, crafted, and shaped into mechanical working pieces capable of containing an explosion without harming its user. The explosion that takes place inside the gun propels a separate piece of metal through a barrel and into open air with the help of physics and user operation of the guns mechanical parts. The effectiveness of a gun, however, is only as good as the operator, but in a crowd of targets the likelihood of an unskilled operator utilizing a gun's effectiveness becomes statistically significant (in layman terms - like shooting fish in a barrel).
So are guns evil? If you think they are, then I'm afraid you're holding onto some misguided virtues/values. Guns are not evil. Guns are the tools that some evil people use. Is money evil? No. The love of money is evil. Greed is the root of all evil, for with greed there is jealousy, covetous behaviors, spite, anger, revenge... the list goes on. Guns are tools, just like money is a tool, but like all tools they can be used for evil purposes. Should we not further restrict the public's access to money because it can be used for evil purposes? No, because it can and is used for good purposes more so than it is evil. Are rocks evil because they were the first tool used to commit murder in the story of Cain and Abel? No, but Cain had evil in his heart when he used that tool to commit murder. Evil will continue to thrive in America as long as politicians continue to 'fix' the gun problem with more gun restrictions. The problem isn't guns; it's the people.
Why are guns so controversial? In my opinion it's because our society has become so enamored with rights, and the diversity of beliefs have become so wide, that tools that can be used for destructive purposes have become a topic of controversy. What place do they have in a peaceful society? My response is how can you call our society peaceful? Aside from guns and drugs in the general public, what about all the domestic violence, assaults, sexual assaults, and robberies that take place all around our country, and some not with guns but with knives or other tools that can be used destructively?
How do you combat fears of the unknown? You confront them (fears) with education and training.
The NRA recently called for an armed police officer in every school, and I completely agree, but I would also suggest something else: arm and educate every citizen, and legalize unloaded open carry of firearms in all places except for schools, banks, hospitals, and places of religious practice nationwide. These places should be weapon free zones, but not because guns/weapons are dangerous, but because guns/weapons have no place there unless they are being carried by law officers for the specific purpose of escorting or protecting the inhabitants of those facilities.
The TRUTH about guns is that there are more evil people willing to wield them to commit crimes, than there are every day citizens willing to carry them to deter crime from happening. How many people would think twice about committing a crime if they knew every able body (and mind) in America were carrying a gun and knew how to use them? Just something to think about. For those of you that are terrified of another mindless public massacre happening: Pursue your rights, and arm up! Apply for a concealed carry weapons permit, and know how to use it!
The government was created to serve its people, not so the government can rule us and tell us how to live our lives. Its time to get back to the mindset of our founding fathers and EMPOWER THE PEOPLE!
As a side note: Why are politicians so bent on restricting guns? Because how can the people stop them if the people are so heavily outgunned by the government? Is the 99% of the population really willing to confide in the 1% of government workers (being bossed around by politicians) to stand up for their rights, or would they rather be able to defend themselves from a corrupt government? I'd rather defend myself than be enslaved by a book burning government like the one in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, because in the end what does freedom matter if you can't use it? If you want to topple a nation, start by taking guns from the people. The Weimar Republic did it to deter Communism and the Nazi's from gaining power in Germany, but in the end those gun restrictions helped the Nazi's maintain their power when they took over. The Nazi's used their weapons for evil purposes. Let's make sure Americans use them for good. Learn about guns, own a gun, train with a gun to proficiency. Protect yourselves, protect your loved ones, and help protect your country. Tell congress you want open-carry laws nationwide, and tell them how pissed you are at them for trying to take away our constitutional rights!
Written by Pageantgirl31413's husband