Monday, December 17, 2012

Handheld Killing Machines

Many Americans do not like to hear about gun control since it is a violation of our Second Amendment.  What I don't understand is why people think being able to shoot a gun for fun, whenever they please is more important than the lives of our citizens.  Personally, I have never needed a gun and I don't think there is a big chance of tyranny these days (the reason this Amendment was enacted to start with).  Here are a few articles and papers I've come across recently regarding gun use in America:

I hate that we've gotten to the point where this is the norm in our country.  Mass shootings are common.  There have been 16 mass shootings in the US in 2012.  Parents have to fear for their kids' lives every time they leave the house.

The Onion makes fun of gun owners.

Oh and this one made me feel better.  I don't know how many times I've heard many of these arguments against gun control and found them absolutely frustrating.

Ten Arguments Gun Advocates Make and Why They're Wrong


Sara's Satire said...

I am on the fence about gun control. I guess I see both sides of it. Do I personally want a gun? No. Do I want a gun in my house? No. I do know that JR wants a gun for hunting, and he wants a hand gun, and he can't wait to buy Logan a gun to take him hunting. I also know that IF we had a gun in our home, it would be safe and secure, and LOCKED away. I also know that if my husband owned a gun, he wouldn't one day go shoot up a school, or theater.
I have no problem with those who want a gun. I think there should be stricter restrictions to get one...I don't see a reason that one of the requirements for owning a gun should be a mental evaluation. I also think that it should be like a drivers license that you have to get renewed along with the psych evaluation every year or maybe every 2 years. However, I also know that if someone wants a gun, they are going to be able to get a gun, whether they go through the proper channels or not, so banning guns wont work either.
Like I said, I see both sides so I don't really have a place on either side of the arguement. I do believe, however; that it isn't the fault of the gun, it's the person behind the gun responsible for what it's aimed at.

Nikki said...

I don't think we should have to get rid of guns entirely. Just semi-automatic, and maybe even some types of shot guns. Travis always says the same thing you did - people will still be able to get the guns even if it's illegal. I don't doubt that, but one of those articles says just because we can't get rid of something 100% doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Take terrorism for example. No way can we eradicate it entirely, but we can make it really hard on them by having intense searches when flying. We can't get rid of cocaine, but we don't have to sell it at the local drug store. Connecticut has really strict gun laws, but if that woman didn't have a semi-automatic weapon, then her son wouldn't have been able to kill as many kids in such a short amount of time.

I hope that Obama takes this chance to do something, like reinstating Clinton's Federal Assault Weapons Ban that Bush let lapse.

Sara's Satire said...

I agree....I don't know much about guns, so I can't tell you what the difference between a semi-automatic, or automatic, or shotgun. I just don't think assault rifles should be allwoed to be sold. I think they should only be used in the military or police department. There should be no reason for someone to own an I said, I agree. I hope they can figure something out to make it harder to purchase a weapon, and that they work something out that regulates the type of gun can be owned.