Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Guns kill people, knives kill people, blunt instruments kill people, bombs kill people.
The common denominator in the above statement is what? People.
People kill people, no matter what sort of instrument is used to accomplish it. Sure it would be difficult to have mass stabbings, but how many people would die if some crazy had a razor sharp machete in a crowd of people, chopping at random. Of how about ammonium nitrate and fuel oil used as a bomb? OKC?
My point is there are many instruments of physical destruction that kill people, not just guns.
I am not a member of the NRA and as such cannot speak for them, but I like guns.
Big nasty machine guns, cannons, pistols, rifles. I like them as the intriguing mechanical machines that they are. As a guy I like target shooting and much to my friends dismay do not like hunting Gods' creatures. I like the power of guns and their ability to obliterate stationary objects, bottles, cans, etc.
Anyone that so chooses to enter my humble abode without my express permission better know they are risking their lives to do so. Deterrence of crime through the use of a well armed and trained citizenry is a must in todays' society where gang violence is an everyday occurrence, the police will not always be there to help and actually response times for a call are way too long.
This responsibility is not to be taken lightly however. Appropriate measures need to be taken to prevent children from accessing weapons, measures must be taken to secure weapons from theft which is the largest reason for the illegal sale of weapons to criminal elements in the first place. Locking gun cabinets are best for both. Training is important also as it has been noted that untrained gun owners will often become victims of their own guns.
We live in a free society(so far) and as a member of that society we are obligated to maintain some level of civility, but when it all goes very wrong we need to be ready, not victims.
This recent tragedy has brought an awareness that this can happen anywhere, anytime and with potentially more force of action. If we choose not to protect ourselves, we will keep being victims of it and embolden those who wish to do us harm.
I know all of you will not agree with my thoughts on this matter, however, it is not necessary to agree or disagree, just look at it as my opinion. Not a requirement or an answer for the crazy world we live in, just saying a person has a right to defend oneself and not become a victim.