Guns Don't Kill People... okay guns kill people
Now it shouldn't come as any surprise to long time readers that I am an anti-gun kind of person. I think the assertion that "guns don't kill people...people do" is one of the stupidest catch phrases of all time. And the fact that it is repeated mantra-like by the folks over at the NRA only serves as proof to me of a mental deficiency amongst its members. I mean you've got to admit... guns certainly help.
Without guns would be killers would be forced to throw stones or carry pointed sticks. Names of course will still never hurt me.
I guess I don't understand the necessity of every citizen to have access to automatic weapons or cop-killer bullets or laser guided long range rifles. I think a more apt catchphrase would be "If guns were outlawed, only outlaws would accidentally shoot their children."
Case in point young child killed at gunshow
Any attempt to legislate guns is seen as the next step being somebody showing up at the door with a big trash bag and demanding they hand over their weapons. "It's the camel's nose in the tent." I've heard that phrase a lot too. Well sometimes the camel is trying to warn you that the tent is on fire.
If the system ain't broke, don't fix it.
But it is broke. Not only is it broken but it's coughing up blood. And all too often that blood is the blood of innocents. How can anyone look at a country where a Columbine occurs. Where metal detectors are necessary
in elementary schools. Where someone can walk into an airport and shoot up a ticket counter because their particular stripe of political fervor believes that its necessary to kill other people and not say to themselves "something has gone horribly wrong here".
At a time when the country is "at war" against terrorism you would think that people would be willing to ease up a little bit on the guns. We're quick to throw away our free speech. Our rights to privacy. Our right to due process but hang onto that gun!
The government is cracking down on tanker trucks. On crop duster airplanes. On helicopters. Presumably because they are weapons that might be used by a terrorist to kill somebody else. Guns? Don't be silly How would a terrorist ever use one of them to hurt American citizens? If we have to wait a week to get that semi-automatic, that's unconstitutional.
Look... it's silly. Nobody needs a gun that quickly. Right now. If somebody comes stomping into a gun store looking to buy a weapon the best thing for them is probably a seven day waiting period to cool off. Who knows it may save somebody's life.
But we wouldn't want that would we? Bad camel!! Bad!!