Man, this a damn shame.
I haven't posted in a while but felt a need to chime in on this one. It seems like every time something very unfortunate
or horrible happens at the end of a gun it brings alot of people that comment or start posts about removing the right to bear arms from Americans. I
will first say that I am a gun owner I own a 22 rifle, a SKS, a 20 gauge rifle, and a 12 gauge rifle (no hand guns). I am a firm believer in the
second amendment but often feel torn when it comes to handguns and sub machine guns. I have been robbed twice in my life at gunpoint both times were
cheap 9mm pistols.
I feel at a capacity to protect myself in my household with the rifles I have for hunting should anyone enter forcefully. That being said I do enjoy
going to the range and shooting a pistol and enjoy the sport of shooting one accurately. However, the things make me nervous to the point of not
having one in the house. I am single and live alone but if I had kids it would be twice as critical to me. The thing is that to point a long gun,
you point it by moving your torso or feet. To point a pistol or submachine gun move your wrist. If there is a round chambered you have the capacity
to shoot anyone within 160 -180 degrees. To see an example of this put a laser sight on a handgun and move your wrist back and forth. Put a laser
sight on a rifle and watch how much slower and the amount of effort it takes to make that red dot cover the same area.
If I leave my house with any one of my guns it is apparent I am leaving my house with a gun for anyone to see. I don't get nervous knowing people
that live around me have rifles, this even goes for "assault rifles". When they have it out or leave the house with it you know. Basically what I
am saying here with the exception of postal worker bob stepping out his door with a AR-15 with loaded magazine in and 5 more strapped to his belt
assault rifles don't make me nervous.
I take comfort in knowing that if turds hit the fan, there are people like me with rifles capable of defending Americans against enemies at home, even
if that enemy was our own government. But pistols and sub machine guns as fun as they are to shoot with few exceptions will not do a damn thing when
it comes to stopping people raiding your house with body armor. Might they stop a thief trying to rob you? Yes. Might the thief that is trying rob
you have a handgun, yes. For every story of someone who successfully stopped a robber with a handgun there is another for a kid that shot his freind.
Or a handgun stolen from a law abiding citizen used to kill someone.
Take every story you have heard in the past ten years about a rifle being used in a malicious way or even hunting accidents. I can assure you it
won't be a drop in the bucket compared to all the handgun related deaths or sub machine in this case. This is one of the main beefs I have with the
NRA, the national RIFLE association
shouldn't they leave handgun affairs to the NHA (national handgun association)?
As against the general public having handguns, sub machine guns as I am I know that making them illegal will only keep them in the hands of criminals.
Every law passed to prevent people that should not have a handgun from getting one has only effected the people that should not have a problem
getting one. NOTHING has stopped lucrative sellers from placing handguns in the hands of criminals. Nothing has stopped stolen guns from circulating
unabated amongst criminals. And last but not least common sense did not stop the uzi from finding a way into this 8 year old's hands.
It's a fine line but making guns illegal in not the answer. I do however believe that we can do a lot better at keeping handguns and sub machine
guns (easily concealed firearms) out of the hands of people that should not have them.
As for the father, I don't think there is a punishment in the world that will ever amount to losing a son. That will punish him for the rest of his
life. Sad story.