Sometimes I wonder if we should even bother debating the gun issue; I mean, let the no-guns people (let's call 'em gunphobes) live in their utopian
world, and if something bad happens to them, oh well. But that's not being a Good Samaritan is it? Plus, there's a huge groundswell on this anti-gun
thing. If the gunphobes create enough chatter, the politicians might start passing some more laws.
They'll start with the assault rifles. "No American citizen needs one." Obama's already said it. Then, once they get us to concede that, it'll be "no
American citizen needs a tactical shotgun." "No American needs a gun that holds more than six rounds." "No American needs a round larger than a ___",
and so on.
You know what? We da*n well need assault rifles, and anything else we can get our hands on. Gunphobes love to say, "The Founding Fathers never foresaw
regular citizens owning AK-47's with 100-round drums." Yeah? No kidding? The Founding Fathers weren't all-powerful wizards with crystal balls? That's
probably why they didn't forsee the government having helicopters, drones, tanks, etc. either
The intent of the men who founded this country was to never be ruled by a dictator again. That is the purpose of the Bill of Rights. When the
Revolutionaries (domestic terrorists) fought the English crown, they had access to weapons comparable to those of thier oppressers. Gunphobes cannot
fathom that there would ever be a dictator in the United States. They are ignorant of history-empires fall, economies collapse, people riot and loot.
Dictators arise to restore order, and one of the first things they do is take the guns.
Guns were considered so important that the Founding Fathers put them near the top of the list. Right after the freedom to speak, assemble, and
I'm hurt when people imply that because I'm coming out in favor of guns that I somehow don't care about kids. I cried when I read that CT story. You
know what? You take away guns from law-abiding citizens, you're going to have a lot more dead kids. That's blunt, but it's a very real possibility.
All of these people from other countries that are telling us to give up our guns-what do you know about America? What you've seen in movies? Have you
lived here? Maybe your country doesn't need guns. That's great. You probably don't have MS-13, Crips, Bloods, Mexican drug cartels, white supremacists
and home invaders. None of those people will give up thier guns. That's why we need ours.
I don't think we need fewer guns. We have just enough. The number of guns is about equal to the number of citizens. Once you screen out minors, the
criminals, the mentally ill (and lets all agree ahead of time what "mentally ill" is, so they don't sneak in later and classify questioning the
government as a mental illness), then everyone can be armed. Gunphobes don't have to be armed, of course. They can cower while an armed citizen takes
care of the whack job who somehow got a gun and tries to go on a spree. And of course, we'd have mandatory safety training and target practice. Every
gun enthusiast I've ever met has regular training. Gunphobes love to talk about how every situation will turn into a shootout with lots of dead
bystanders, as though gun owners typically just close thier eyes and start randomly firing in every direction.
Gunphobes, I don't think you're bad people. I have had a little fun at your expense. You're obviously motivated by compassion. A little fear, too, for
your own safety and those you love, but you want to stop the violence. So do I. We just have different theories on how it should be done. Why don't we
work together on it? We obviously have the same agenda. There's a whole lot of issues like mental health that are getting sidelined in the emotional
reaction to these events.
If society collapses, you're going to be glad that "gun nuts" are out there, protecting you from the bad people. And if society doesn't collapse,
well, we can all laugh about it over a beer some day. Hope for the second scenario, prepare for the first.
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