Are you expecting a zombie apocolypse?

big_4374376So here it is…

My post about the gun control issue.

My views have changed a lot since I moved here. When I lived in the shit-hole that is central Florida, I was all for banning guns entirely. I suppose, being exposed to news stories about gun violence every day is likely to direct your opinion sharply in one direction or another. People were either horrified by the violence and wanted to do away with firearms all together, or they were horrified by the violence and wanted a gun of their own to protect themselves from the riff raff. Looking back, neither option was either reasonable or practical.

1352571201997_7342203When I moved to VT, I found that guns are just a part of life here. You live in a rural area, you hunt, you protects your garden from critters or your front porch from bears. My Mom had a black bear up on her second story deck a year or so ago, going after the bird food. Stuff like that isn’t uncommon and, as a result, neither are handguns and hunting rifles.

Here’s the thing.

Having a couple of rifles for hunting, or a handgun for home protection is perfectly reasonable.

 

C'mon, that's cheating.

C’mon, that’s cheating.

What isn’t reasonable? A semi-automatic rifle that shoots 10 rounds per second (AK-47). Unless you are preparing for a zombie apocalypse, there is no legitimate reason to have that kind of firepower in your home. Seriously. Name one. LEGITIMATE.

There’s the slippery slope argument

“Well if you start regulating semi-automatic weapons, then it’s just a matter of time before Uncle Sam busts into your cellar and takes away the Luger your granddad brought home for WWII”

Yes. Because equating a handgun, hunting rifle, shotgun or pistol to a gun that our troops in Afghanistan use to flush out insurgents is a perfectly logical leap.funny-image-111

“You shouldn’t take guns out of the hands of responsible gun owners.”

Okay… So who determines what constitutes a “responsible gun owner?” If you are advocating responsible gun ownership, doesn’t it follow that you should be in support of legislation that requires firearm training before you can purchase something that has the potential to kill people?

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Compensation-sizeOk, granted. A gun is an inanimate object that needs a person to use it (or drop it or mishandle it causing it to fire accidentally). The fact remains, that a person, intent upon killing another person, is a lot more likely to be successful with a gun than without. And yeah, there are people out there who are going to kill other people no matter what, but why make it easy for them?

“We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.”

~sigh~

Ok… First of all, keeping guns out of the hands of criminals? Great idea. But pretty much impossible without stricter regulations and background checks. Because the guy who just got out of prison for kidnapping and rape is not going to check off “yes, I have been convicted of a felony.” Okay, okay, so I know the background checks are more thorough than that, but they’re still way to lax to be reliable in keeping guns out of the hand of violent criminals. And of course background checks have nothing to say about people who’ve never been convicted of anything… Oh, and let’s not forget, it’s pretty easy for someone to borrow someone else’s AK-47 with no background check at all.

Keeping guns out of the hands of the mentally ill… Where do I start with the bad there… Let’s break it down in an orderly bulleted list.

  • Who determines what mental illness prevents gun ownership? Major Depression? Schizophrenia? Bipolar? Because if you’re trying to say that the government can’t be allowed to regulate gun ownership, how can you trust them to say who is and who isn’t mentally stable enough to own a gun? Good lord, Ted Nugent would never make the cut.
  • How exactly do you keep track of that? Do we just throw HIPPA out the window and comb through everyone’s treating notes to catch the one time Sally said “Ohhhh I’m so angry I could just kill him!?”
  • What about the people who’ve never gotten treatment? How do we weed them out? Should we go around and ask the neighbors if Johnny seems kinda weird? Does Brandon listen to that heavy metal music? Oh, and keep them away from Joan, she’s a single mom and we know they’re ALL crazy.
  • Again, like the criminals, what’s to prevent them from getting the guns elsewhere? The Newton shootings? He got those guns from his mom… who can’t even say “Oops” because he killed her.guns_vs_mental_health_political_cartoon

So yes. I believe that people should be allowed to have guns. And yes, I believe those guns should be regulated. And No, I don’t think the second amendment gives you the right to keep an arsenal in your house that Saddam Hussein would be jealous of.

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Well Regulated.

Suck on that Charlton Heston.351566

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