I have a gun. I believe if the need arose I would use it. Guns frighten me, but the need to feel safe is even more intense.
When I was growing up you could leave your doors and windows unlocked or even open at any time of the day or night. There was no fear that someone would come into your home and do you harm. Now you have to have everything locked even with you inside in order to feel safe, and even then the idea of safety is questionable so, we have video recorders inside and out as well.
We hear about crime and murder all the time now. Gun control is the new mantra. Keep guns out of the hands of murderers is the chant. But my question is ” where do these criminals, these murderers get their guns?
I wish when they talk about a crime that was committed using a gun that they would reveal where the assailant got his gun. Now, I know we have heard many stories of crimes being done by those who have had the weapon in their own homes. But, how many other murders or crimes were with weapons purchased by the assailant off the street, illegally? Those are the numbers we really need to hear before we step on anyone’s second amendment rights. “In the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the “Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/second_amendment Not just that we need to take guns out of the hands of criminals.
I would bet that most crimes with guns are done with those bought off the streets illegally. I say most, but not all. I say most because more crimes are being done by people that the victims knew. Close family members, friends, loved ones. People that the victim thought they knew. That shared their lives. That had the guns just for fun!
When the politicians talk about gun control I first want to know the numbers. I demand that they start releasing how these weapons were obtained. If the criminal survives being caught we need to question them as to how they had this deadly weapon in their hands at the time of their crime. We need correct information. Not just that guns kill.
I know many guns collectors. I hope and believe that they are stable folks just enjoying the history and joy of collecting. Not murderers or criminals. I can’t swear to their mental stability though. That too is a question among those who commit crimes. Would a stable person kill their loved ones, rob someone, or kill a friend? Nope. I don’t think so.
If we are going to cry out at gun control we need to cry out at the poor mental health care in this country as well. I mean a sane person would not harm another without just cause. A sane person would not have a shoot out with the police. And a sane person would not kill their spouse or parents, would they?
How many of the people out there breaking the law are stable individuals? How many are drug addicts with a long history of instability? And how many have a history of mental illness that has gone untreated or sporadically treated due to cost and poor health insurance coverage.
It’s not just about gun control. It’s about what is the cause behind those using those weapons to commit a crime. Many criminals could not even pass a background check if they tried to buy a gun legally. I mean come on now. Let’s be real. Let’s be honest about the real cause of these crimes with guns. Let’s be real about how we can go about stopping these crimes.
How many times in any job situation has a boss punished everyone because of one idiots infraction? Why punish those who buy and collect their guns legally when making changes to how a person can purchase a gun will never touch those who buy them illegally anyhow.
It is sad to see that the world has become such a dangerous place. It is sad that we must live in a cave with a gun within reach in case some nut case decides to break in. And, it is sad that we need to worry every time we step outside that someone is going to harm us for whatever reason.
Once upon a time it was safe to wander the streets and make friends. I did it as a child. Now I freak out if I can’t see my grand kids for even a second. Everyone has to stay in my line of sight. Making our streets safe is just one of the issues we need to address with our politicians, not just gun control.
We also need to improve lighting on the streets and in our neighborhoods so people can see what is ahead. We need to demolish the buildings that are falling down and providing hiding places for the criminal element. And we need to get ILLEGAL guns off the street, not infringe on someone’s rights who follow the law to the letter. These are some of the things we can demand from our lawmakers along with the statistics of who did or did not buy their weapon legally.
As to your own safety, be aware of your surroundings, be aware of your neighbors, be aware of what is going on in your neighborhoods, and report suspicious behaviors. And if you need to purchase a gun learn how to use it. Gun safety is a must.
And as I always say, try and have a good day today, you deserve it!