The Questions I Can’t Ask About Guns

I remember our son finding ways to take his legos and transforming them into guns and using his voice to pattern sound into ra-tat-tat, if our pediatrician had asked us about guns, I wouldn’t have cared, we didn’t have any in the house, but that is neither here nor there. We have serious issues in our nation when it comes to gun violence and shying away from confrontation with the N.R.A and the Second Amendment activists is wrong. We each have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but I think that life triumphs the so called right to a gun. Our framers of the constitution lived in different times when the states needed militias, we didn’t quite have a federal army. Moreover the technology had nothing to do with what we have today. If present day gun owners were forced to pack their gun powder and jam it down the barrel of their musket each time they drew fire, I would say that let the laws stand as they are, sadly that is not the case. Most gun safety proponents only ask for comprehensive background checks, eliminating all the loopholes available to gun shows and online gun purchases, limits on the size of magazines and clips, these are common sense regulations. I don’t see how any of these are onerous, why would anyone be in such a rush to purchase a weapon that has lethal potential?
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  1. ๐Ÿ™‚ A disarmed population is an enslaved population and at the mercy of corrupt govt officials who should always fear the common man! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Wow that could be on a banner. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. There are three things a tyrant must do to enslave the common man:

    1) Disarm the population…

    2) Take away the individuals right to say no…

    3) Convince the common people its for their own good…

    Does the NRA go to far at times?

    Of Course but one must remember that the NRA is funded by law abiding people who will not allow the government to take away their guns nor abridge their second amendment rights.

    On the other had if the govt. tried and succeeded in banning the NRA those same law abiding members would rise up and do their level best to kick that govt. out of office.

    And they would be right to do so!

  3. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just to be clear I do not own a gun nor do I want to own one and will not allow them in my home. That is my choice and right to do so not the Govt.’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hello Laurie,

    Its not so much the gun owner who takes the time to educate themselves in how to properly handle a gun, registers his weapon(s) and has a permit to carry it in public places that I fear. As it is the criminal who doesn’t care about obeying the law – especially gun control laws – , holds others in contempt and considers them as little better than prey.

    I do support gun control laws that prevent criminals and mentally unstable individuals from owning and carrying firearms. However one of the problems with the left in regards to owning guns is that the left has worked hard at giving the impression of wanting to outright repeal the right to own a gun and ban ALL firearms – or in other words to disarm honest law abiding citizens. The irony being that only criminals would then have guns leaving the population at large at their mercy who ever their prey might be at any given time.

    Applying the exact same logic in regards to Immigration used by the Progressives – which is why the left opposes deporting illegal aliens – there is no way the govt could reasonably expect to round up all of the guns throughout the country, nor be able to safe guard weapons reserved for the military and law enforcement and keep them out of the hands of anyone who wants them.

    I do agree that the laws used in cases where a legal gun owner either abuses his second amendments rights to own a gun by harming another individual by mishandling his weapon; or fails to properly secure his weapon by keeping it out of reach of a child who harms him/herself with it should be much harsher and swiftly applied.

    And while I do oppose mandatory trigger locks being installed on guns I believe quite firmly that gun owners should be required on pain of imprisonment to lock up their weapons when not on their person or placed under their pillow or in a bedside drawer at night for self defense in case of a break in. But locked up during the day while the owner is away at work and/or on vacation.

    IMHO I believe that Progressives would have more success in regards to the gun control issue if they were to insist that gun manufactures develop handguns that could only be activated and fired by their owners but would remain inactive – inert and unable to be fired – when in the hands of another person. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW I do enjoy reading your blog even though I don’t always agree with you and appreciate the likes you leave on my poetry. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so very much for all of your comments. I appreciate them tremendously because they give me substance to think about. I really enjoy your poetry. I don’t get the gun thing. I have a gun permit, I took the classes and my husband has taken me to the firing range. I am awful at shooting. I do not understand the appeal of guns. This comment generated so many replies on Facebook, not one like mind you, just heated replies against my opinion. I look Europe and look over to Canada and our thing for guns is really an aberration on how others see the gun thing. I just don’t get how the second amendment became such an ingrained part of the American psyche. All of this back and forth about why the right of bearing arms never quite answers why Americans are the highest in gun deaths and violence and why is that okay because evidently it is okay because no one wants to do anything about it since it gets in the way of the right to bear arms thing. That is my issue with the whole thing.

      1. To understand the gun culture in this country as opposed to Europe and Canada one has to go all the way back to the founding of America.

        America was settled by independent minded individuals who believed in (and had the gumption to) taking care of themselves and their families and convicts exiled into indentured servitude from their home countries. The British army had the right to come into ones home and force the occupants out or to quarter their troops in their home at any time. There was a certain kind of tree used by the Navy in their sailing ships that was claimed for the British Crown and any citizen who dared to chop that type of tree drown to build their home soon found their home being burned to the ground by British Troops.

        It was the tyranny imposed by the British and hostile Indians along the frontier that led to the demand for the right to bear arms to be enshrined in the Constitution. And the founding fathers were well aware of the political and religious tyranny imposed by both the Catholic Church and the State over the unarmed populations of Europe. Which they wished to avoid by 1) allowing the population to be armed and 2) by putting a wall of separation between the church and state which allows individuals to worship or not to worship the Father Above, Allah or any other deity without the interference of either the church or state and 3) they created three branches of govt. Legislative, Executive and Judicial so that it one branch of govt went rogue the other two could gang up on it and put nip tyranny in the bud so to speak.

        ๐Ÿ™‚ Guns don’t appeal to me either – I much prefer a trusty Lightsaber myself – but then again I’m considered weird by the guys I work with because I don’t drink beer, refuse to eat meat and like to read science fiction novels as well as write poetry and short stories about women in quicksand. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. BTW Laurie, are you aware that one of the handguns used in the Columbine shooting was purchased by the girlfriend of one of the shooters – since he was too young to legally purchase a handgun at the time – but it was the merchant – a male – who sold the gun to her that was actually prosecuted even though he was unaware that it was a straw purchase.

    1. I did not know that, she should have been charged if she already wasn’t.

      1. I agree and Its the disparity in how women and men are treated on this issue and many others that has led to the explosive growth of the men’s movement on the internet.

      2. Yes I have noticed the growth over the past few years.

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