Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Control of Guns

Ever since Newtown and the unspeakable horrors that took place there our country has been at war. 

The folks who are tired of the school shootings now have a legitimate banner to point to and say, "Things need to change."  Meanwhile the gun-lovers scream about the 2nd amendment and proclaim far and wide that if we're not armed we're not safe.

Mostly I fall on the side of the people who think things need to change.  I love statistics that show countries with strong gun laws have lower crime rates.  I love that gun-lovers in the media usually look and act like hillbillies.  I want to let Ted Nugent keep talking because he's doing the work for me.

I have a friend who's more pissed off about drones than he is about gun control.  He HATES gun control.  And I think, you have a much better chance of being killed by some mentally ill person who has access to guns than you do of a drone strike.  That's just math.

And to the people who believe that arming themselves is the only way to protect against our government, I want to point out the drones to them.  And the tanks.  And the helicopters.  If the government wants you, they're gonna get you. 

When the Patriot Act was passed I like many others was irate over the quashing of civil liberties.  My dad calmly replied, "If you haven't done anything wrong, you've got nothing to worry about."  Doesn't that still apply now?  If the government wants you, they're gonna get you, and maybe probably for good reason so why do we want gun laws so unrestricted or unenforced that anyone can get one to maybe kill a soldier or a cop who's just doing his or her job? 

I don't know about you but the last time I had any interaction with a gang member who owned illegal guns was the series finale of The Wire.  I am not someone who's going to get got with an illegal gun.  I'm much more likely buy the farm when someone who's in need of help takes his perfectly legal assault rifle into my Unitarian Universalist church and starts pecking people off.

Also, do we really want assault rifles in the hands of anyone but the military?  How far is too far when you're arming yourself?  If it's legal for you to shoot an intruder, shouldn't you also be able to mine your front yard?

But.  Then.  I think about our war on drugs and what a colossal failure it's been.  And I worry that if we make it harder to get guns, the black market for guns will only get bigger. 

And so here we are.  I'm not sure what the answer is but I honestly don't get the backlash over a background check.  After all, if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to worry about, right?

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