Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Cranky Old Man does not own a gun, has never owned a gun, and has never even fired a gun. Guns scare me. I don’t want to hunt; I have no interest in target shooting, and don’t believe I need a gun for protection. If I had a gun, the only time it would be fired it would likely be an unfortunate accident. I don’t like guns.
I do not object to hunting. Many people have a genetic urge to kill animals and fill their freezer with game. I have eaten venison…it is delicious when prepared correctly. I have no objection to people culling the deer herd by gun rather than culling it myself with the front bumper of my car.
Many people enjoy target shooting and or skeet shooting. I do not wish to deprive these people of their sport. I like to bowl. I would be upset if laws were passed that take away my bowling ball just because some nut killed people by dropping bowling balls off a highway overpass.
If I lived in a remote area where visitors were rare, I would own a gun. I would greet every car that came down my dusty country road with a smile, a wave, and a loaded shotgun.
Still, I believe we need stronger gun regulation in this country. Purchasing guns should not be easy. People should have a license to buy a gun. The gun buying license should require some psychological testing. At a minimum, people with crazy eyes should be disqualified (come on, you know what I mean!)
Do NOT sell guns to these people!
There should be a written test and a demonstration to prove the candidate is knowledgeable in gun use and gun safety.
The gun purchase license should be expensive, and should need to be renewed periodically.
Now the arguments against gun restriction:
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Yes, but guns do make it easier and do increase productivity.
Only the criminals will have guns.
Well the criminals and the people that clear all the reasonable gun law restrictions. Oh yeah, and the police.
Listen; do we really need assault weapons to kill a deer? Do we need rapid fire heavy ammo to shoot at targets? Does anyone need an Uzi for protection?
It is true that most of the mass murders in our recent history were perpetrated with guns that were either legally obtained or stolen and gun regulations would probably not have stopped these crimes. However, all the stories have not been reported.
In April 2002, Cecil Plotnick went into a gun shop in Seattle with the intent of purchasing several handguns and then driving to the nearest mall and killing as many people as he could. When told he had to wait for a background check he changed his mind and bought a PlayStation 3 instead.
In June 2007, John "Bubba” Beady tried to buy a high-power rifle and several boxes of ammo at “Ralph’s Burgers and Guns” café in Lacy Arkansas. Ralph questioned him as to why he wanted so much ammo and Bubba responded, “To kill a whole bunch of people.” When Ralph told Bubba he did not sell ammo that was to be used to kill people, Bubba went bowling.
The stories of Cecil, Bubba and hundreds of other similar stories never made the evening news. Gun legislation that saves lives is not news. Bad shit that never happens is hard to demonstrate statistically.
If drunk driving was legal, wouldn't the roads be less safe? If pilots required no training would you be nervous about flying? If anyone could just hang up a shingle and call himself Doc, who would you go to when you were sick?
People do drive drunk. Idiots do fly and crash planes. Charlatans do imitate doctors. Does that mean we should not have laws and regulations? Laws and regulations limit bad shit. They do not eliminate bad shit but they do reduce and restrict it.
Stricter gun regulations will not eliminate random mass murders, but it will stop some…we just won’t know about them ...ah...cause they didn't happen.