I understand the concerns people have when they hear stories about “mass casualties”. And my sympathies go out to victims of ANY violence. Murder, rape, assaults, robbery… ANY. But people who are focusing their attention on “banning assault rifles” are promoting the stupidest idea – ever.
Make Up Your Minds Already!
I hate hypocrites. And there are a hell of a lot of people who run out and buy guns every time something bad happens.
The problem is, YOU want to own guns – but you don’t want anyone else to.
Oh, I understand. Having the ability to exercise real power over another person is incredibly enticing. Just ask our politicians. But if everyone owns guns, we just get into an arms race, right? First pistols, then shotguns, then rifles, then hand grenades. WE’VE GOT TO DRAW A LINE!
PEOPLE Are the Problem
If assault rifles didn’t exist, it wouldn’t have stopped any serial killer in history. Guaranteed. Because theres nothing they did with an assault rifle that they couldn’t have done with any number of other weapons.
- The Bath school bombings
- The September 11 attacks with box cutters and airplanes.
- Baseball bat murders in Florida
- Nearly 200 dead in arson subway fire
In fact, the list of Rampage Killings is not limited to the US, and even a quick examination will demonstrate that Assault Rifles have nothing to do with murder sprees, which predate the invention of the gun!
No One Wants Responsibility
One of the worst arguments ever is when people say, “You don’t need assault rifles (*or fill in any weapon type here) because it’s the job of the Police to protect people, not yours!”
WRONG! Even the Police Chiefs routinely discuss the fact that they are under no obligation to protect citizens. They don’t carry guns to protect YOU. They carry guns to protect themselves. And they revel in the fact that 99.9% of the time they are much better armed than the citizenry they police. Because… They too want to own guns, but don’t want anyone else to!
But at the end of the day, only YOU can be responsible for your own personal safety. This isn’t a responsibility that can be outsourced, although a lot of people mistakenly feel warm and fuzzy at the thought that someone out there is looking out for them. Right up to the moment they discover it’s not true.
We The People Have the Power
I’m all good with making arguments and discussing the pros and cons of gun control, or abortion, or freedom of speech, or whatever. But let’s not anyone forget that trying to take away American’s guns is illegal. It is actually against the law, since it’s hard wired directly into the Constitution.
And it’s there for a reason. As has been demonstrated in the past, we have used weapons to liberate ourselves from tyranny. And if we didn’t have the weapons, we definitively would not still be free today.
We’ve also used weapons to protect ourselves. And in fact, every year pistols, rifles, shotguns and God knows what else are used to prevent crime and at times even kill perpetrators. We are supposed to have the power to do this. We do have the power to do this. But unfortunately, we don’t always exercise it.
We’re Responsible For Our Own Protection
Recently there was a mass shooting in a Florida nightclub. Because the killer had an AR-15 rifle among the weapons he used, a tremendous amount of focus has come on the weapon he chose. But I haven’t heard anyone question why out of 200 people in the club – no one was carrying a defensive pistol?!? It’s mind boggling to me.
If just a couple of people in that club had pistols, the entire tragedy could have turned out very differently. Because in a closed, close quarters situation pistols actually offer advantages over large assault rifles. And if even one person had returned fire, the event could have been brought to an end. If two or three people had responded, the gunman would have certainly met his doom.
There is absolutely no weapon that can be taken away to prevent tragedy. This is a fact, backed by the entirety of human history.
If you begin stripping law abiding citizens of the weapons that enable them to be on an equal footing as opponents, you simply leave them vulnerable. It has no effect on the wrongdoers because by definition they are going to break the law and own and use the weapons.
Likewise, if you take away citizen’s rights to own weapons that would put them on equal footing with their own governmental entities, you leave those in power with absolutely nothing to fear. And it takes just one maniac to wreak unmeasurable tragedy upon the people.
The real answer is for everyone to toughen up a little and stand up and take responsibility for your own safety and protection. Only when everyone is prepared to act can we then also look out for one another. And doing so would solve a lot of other problems as well.
It’s called Teamwork. Ask your local friendly Marine about it.