It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog. Today I am inspired by a group of men that I saw waving various flags at a nearby busy intersection. Some flags were American flags, some of them said, “Come and get them” and some had pictures of guns on them. I have to admit that my immediate reaction was more than a bit judgmental. My first thought was “Really? How stupid can you be? No one is trying to take away your guns, people!” Fortunately, my higher self stepped in and my next thought was, “Maybe I’m the one who is ignorant. I haven’t read up on current gun control legislation, who am I to judge until I educate myself.” So, that’s what I did.
In all fairness to my many Fox News loving friends and family, I went straight to the conservative source to see what’s being said about gun control legislation. I also checked out some other sites to verify some facts before writing this. Turns out there is a LOT of legislation out there, some for looser gun control in some areas and some for overall tighter gun control but I didn’t find one thing that said the 2nd amendment was going to be repealed and no one would be allowed to own a gun anymore.
I did find the following quote from Fox News especially interesting:
“The NRA is unlikely to be drowned out. The group has vocally come out against universal background checks, saying that while they've supported such a system in the past, the overall process is too flawed. The group claims a universal background check system will put gun buyers through needless hassle, with little in the way of results.”
So, reading this made me wonder why street drugs are illegal. Basically it’s the same principle, it puts drug users through needless hassle, with little in the way of results. I guess the main difference here would be that drug addicts typically kill themselves more than others with their purchases.
Don’t get me wrong; I have a gun and one day I hope to know how to shoot it. Thank God (yes, I believe in God) that gun safety classes are required in Texas or many of my friends and loved ones would be in danger. The one and only time I shot the gun was by accident because I have no knowledge of guns, I didn’t go to a store to buy it so no one asked if I knew what I was doing, never mind to do a background check to see if I might be one of America’s most wanted or something. Fortunately, I had a sense of intuition telling me that the gun could potentially fire by accident and that I should go outside and point it away from the house and toward the ground. It’s a pretty funny story, if you want to hear it, I’m glad to tell it but probably not on the Internet. I’m also very grateful to my good friend who is keeping it safe and is planning to help me learn to use it before I bring it across state lines.
I respect the right to bear arms, but to keep gun control laws loose so that no one is inconvenienced is ridiculous. The legislation as far as I can tell primarily involves background checks, bans on assault weapons and Someone please tell me, what average American needs an assault rifle? Is that for taking out a whole herd of deer in order to feed the poor more quickly? People with guns kill people, sometimes on purpose but often by accident, in the heat of the moment or secondary to mental illness including depression.
According to Fox News, President Obama made the following statement:
"No law or set of laws can keep our children completely safe, but if there's even one thing we can do, if there's just one life we can save, we've got an obligation to try,"
Sorry, call me a liberal but I agree with the above statement 100%. I also agree with the NRA’s position that “Criminals won’t comply.” How many school shootings occurred at the hands of known criminals? How many by mentally disturbed individuals who had easy access to a gun? Could gun control laws, a better education system and increased mental health resources have saved any of these lives, I would say the answer to that is “Yes!”
Hold on, the story I read on Fox News got even crazier, here’s another quote:
“In addition to the gun control measures, Obama's anti-violence proposals also included increasing mental health resources, boosting funding for school security, and lifting restrictions that prevent the government from studying the causes of gun violence. “
That’s just crazy talk, who voted for this guy?
Okay, I’m beginning to feel stressed, so I am wrapping this up. I feel better knowing that I am now up to date on current gun control legislation and that I am in no immediate danger of losing my right to pack heat. I guess I’ll forget about my dream of owning an assault rifle. Perhaps I’ll start dreaming of things such as huge amounts of money being thrown at the education system instead of to pro football and anti-gun control lobbying.
Call me Mary Freakin’ Poppins!
Oh, and by the way, I applaud Fox News for accurate reporting of gun control legislation. Apparently, the people wasting their time on the street corner today don’t watch any news or they might know that no one is taking away their gun and the second amendment still stands strong.