posted on Apr, 11 2012 @ 12:19 AM
I made it through 34 or so pages of this thread before I quit from sheer exhaustion.
And the whole time I kept trying to decide which side I'm on .. and I still can't.
You see, I am in the US and we DO have guns. Quite a few, in fact. And I would be a bit upset if you came and took them all away from me, because then
what would I do the next time a rabid raccoon showed up in my yard? Throw rocks at it? Try to stab it with a knife? No, thank you. Please let me keep
my gun(s) instead.
On the other hand, I'm just as puzzled as some of you by the "cold dead hands" people. If the government or the army showed up to take them, I'd
hand them over. When it comes to home/self defense, I still have a pit bull, two chainsaws, a weedeater, and a recurve bow I will admittedly need to
practice with quite a bit. I can also buy a good crossbow since I may not have the strength to pull a large recurve bow effectively. I can also get on
the internet and get the recipe for making my own homemade bombs, and I think I already know how to make a Molotov cocktail. Guns are
convenient when one is threatened, be it a rattlesnake, rabid raccoon, or would-be home invader. Taking my guns will hardly leave me
defenseless, however - I'll just have to adapt.
That said, why the focus on guns? Really. Please, no matter which side you're on, stop and think about it.
Why the focus on GUNS?
Because the MSM media focuses on guns, that's why! Gun killings and gun accidents are always big news and usually make it to national news if not
Other accidental deaths and killings usually remain "local" news. Leaving illness out of the equation (because it's really irrelevant to the topic
at hand), are most deaths in America due to guns? Not even close. Drownings, car accidents, slips and falls, fires, and a multitude of other ways one
can suddenly and unexpectedly meet the Grim Reaper overwhelmingly outnumber deaths by firearm. But those accidental deaths don't make national or
world news. You hear me?
Now let's talk violent crime. I'm not going to argue who has the most violent crime or why. Although violent crames should be (in my opinion)
shameful to all humanity, they are and always have been part of human nature. Was there less killing before there were guns? Not hardly. A medieval
catapult is as much a weapon of mass destruction as a machine gun.
Yes, guns are quick, easy, and convenient. Maybe a few - a few - people would be saved if a gun weren't handy to be picked up and used, whether to
perpetrate violence on self or another. But most people who are angry or crazy enough to go out and kill people with a gun will just find another way
to do it if there's no gun handy.
GUNS are not the issue. The MSM have made guns the issue, and in my opinion all of you on both sides who see guns as the issue are equally
brainwashed and distracted. The desire of people to harm each other - and sometimes themselves - is the underlying issue, and taking away guns will
not change that.
Here's my rabid raccoon again. The quickest and easiest thing for me to do when I saw it was grab my gun and shoot it, because I had one and I had it
very handy. But if I didn't - couldn't - have a gun handy, then you better believe I would have something else in place and ready to deal with it,
even if I'm not absolutely sure right now what that would be. Because the most likely time for any kind of trouble - including rabid raccoons - to
show up is when you aren't prepared.
My Dad (career US Army) taught me how to use (no, not just shoot, but clean, oil, load, unload, disassemble and assemble) a handgun when I was 8 years
old. He showed me where that gun was kept (in the nightstand next to my parents' bed) and made ME responsible for it when he was in Korea, or Viet
Nam, for a year at a time because my mother was afraid of guns and wouldn't have used it. Did I ever touch that gun? Yes, I did, I periodically
cleaned, oiled, and reloaded it when he wasn't home. Did I ever use it? No. Have I ever pointed a gun at another human being? No. Would I, if
threatened? Well, I like to think so. If it ever happens, I'll let you know.
Do I feel safer with guns in the house? Yes! Mostly for the vermin and varmints .. I know my husband and I would figure out some way to protect the
household if we couldn't have guns, but a gun sure is easy, convenient, relatively safe compared to some things, and trustworthy. Usually when you
point a 12 gauge at something and fire, it goes down or at least runs like hell.
So I'm asking you, please, stop and think for a minute about what I've said. Why is the focus so overwhelmingly on GUNS when there are, as the TV
show says, a thousand other ways to die? If every single accidental death, regardless of cause, were reported like all gun deaths are, the gun deaths
would be buried in the avalanche. And as for violent crimes, it's been said - those who want to will find a way, gun or no gun.