For those whose heads I went over, the title is sarcasm. Remember it’s just one of the many other services I offer. 😉
I said I wasn’t going to do another story until I was up for it. Well apparently after watching Ferris Buellers Day Off (which I hadn’t seen until this morning) and eating some good food with Hot Chocolate, my mind was feeling pretty good. Good enough to try to coherently write something. Yay! Now I already wrote something some months back when the Aurora, CO Theater shooting happened. Now we’ve had another tragic incident and I can’t help but feel that perhaps the shooter of the Connecticut shooting got some ideas from the Shooter from the Aurora, CO shooting that helped to set some wheels in motion. I won’t say he’s the sole reason – but I wouldn’t be surprised if he helped to influence.
Some people are calling for stricter gun control laws. Some of course want Guns banned altogether. There are some good points such as – the people who are severely at risk for doing something stupid or are having some severe emotional disconnection or issues and have to take medication or see a doctor regularly should not be in control of assault rifles or any other kind of firearm. Why Assault Rifles are legal to buy – um – I don’t know about you but I’m confused on that point. Unless you are starting your own militia or arming yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse there is no reason for an Assault Rifle.
Now, while I brought up the point that, yes, if there is someone who has a mental disorder perhaps they should not possess firearms, there are those who are capable of handling and keeping a firearm responsibly. Veterans like my brother who suffer only from some minor PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) should not be denied. Why? Because I spend enough time to know he’s NOT off his rocker and he has seen a therapist in the past to deal and combat the PTSD. However, PTSD is not the same as Paranoid-Schizophrenia. Depending, again, on how severe the case is – weapons are best NOT left in their reach or accessible to them.
I have a friend who lives with one of these individuals and he has to hide his kitchen knives. It sucks. He hates to do it but there’s not much he can do about it given current conditions. Unless those conditions change, he has to keep hiding any weapons or items that can be deemed as weapons or harmful to his roommates health, others or his own. Overall, we shouldn’t deny an individual their right to “Bear arms” if they want to and are capable, mentally, of doing so.
I’m also going to emphasis, again, the point of doing away with guns altogether. If we got rid of guns, do you realize what the most likely scenario would be? People would find other weapons to use to kill each other. People would not go without arms of some sort. Maybe they’d resort back to swords, axes and other medieval arms like in Bunraku (beautiful movie, very stylistic and pretty good). Gang members won’t give up their guns if law-abiding citizens do. That’s just foolish to believe such nonsense and it’s unrealistic. No; if law-abiding citizens had to lay down their guns, Gang members would hang on to theirs more tightly than before. While I don’t like to envision a negative, bleak or dark future – I don’t see good things if that were to happen.
I feel the best thing we can do is – as good law-abiding citizens, if you don’t feel safe – arm yourselves. Learn to shoot a gun by going to a range and practicing. Learn a martial art/self-defense, something! Guns are not truly the problem, they never have. It’s people. It’s stupid people who make poor decisions as they squeeze the trigger who don’t comprehend all the consequences that go behind squeezing that trigger in the first place. Especially when they open fire on innocent civilians who are just bystanders that have nothing to do with their deals, problems or otherwise. People who don’t think before they “squeeze” that trigger make a declaration that “Life” is not precious to them – but perfectly worth wasting.
If you couldn’t tell, I’m not big on gangs, drug lords or other forms of criminal activity of this nature. There has been so much violence, crimes, bloodshed and death in the past few years I find it just depressing. I want to see it get better. I want to see us heal as a Nation and rise up with confidence. To not walk out our doors in fear of our lives or that our homes will be vandalized or burglarized, but that everything will be as it should when we return to them. That our loved ones will make it home and we can ask, “How was your day?“.
So that is where I stand on gun-control if you didn’t know before. I am a proud owner of a firearm – for home defense and self-defense. It is dedicated to protecting my home, friends, family, loved ones and myself. Nothing more and nothing less. You don’t like it – too bad. You don’t have to like it, but I won’t be giving up my gun for anyone or anything because it does grant me some peace of mind, confidence and puts a small spring in my step when I go out the door knowing that I have it. Plus, kind of funny to put signs up on your house or something that say, “House protected by gun three days out of the week. Want to guess which three?”
I think this counts as a rant today folks. Wasn’t my intention but I get pretty, “RAWR” about important things like these that people tend to get very strong “Tunnel Vision“. Just remember, there is more than one side to every story. If you only see your side, you aren’t seeing the full picture. Only a piece. Doesn’t mean your wrong but – it also means you don’t completely understand either and you won’t until you are willing to let go and SEE the bigger picture.
Thanks for reading. Comments, questions or musings of your own, feel free to add to the discussion or share your own thoughts and feelings on it. Don’t forget you can also suggest topics for me to write about. Just leave a comment on the story you’ve read with the suggestion and I’ll get back to you on it. 🙂
~Infinite love, gratitude, blessings and more be yours, may you have a beautiful day – Namaste~ _/\_
- Obama backs assault-weapon ban (suntimes.com)
- Gun-law push faces slow start in most states (usatoday.com)
- Malloy To Biden: Tighter Gun Control Is Needed (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Georgia gun group giving away free AR-15 to oppose gun control (rawstory.com)
- Why I still support the right to bear arms: Opinion (nj.com)
- Aurora weighs proposed gun-control legislation (denverpost.com)
- “Unpleasant Details”: Three Ways Sensible Gun Control Could Have Prevented Aurora Shootings (mykeystrokes.com)