Gun Control Out of ControlJuly 28, 2012
“Guns don’t kill people and spoons don’t make people fat.” Gun owners don’t advocate violence. Spoon collectors don’t advocate obesity. Perhaps those slogans are tired and a bit trite, but they are not untrue. If guns truly killed people there would be a lot of dead people on rifle ranges and corn fields during pheasant hunting season. You can extend that statement to say if lawful citizens with guns killed people there would be a lot more dead people…
Responsible gun ownership (e.g. you purchased it legally and you know how to use—and not use—it) has been proven over and over and over again to REDUCE violent crime. Abolishing the 2nd amendment of the United States Constitution would do nothing, absolutely NOTHING to stem the tide of criminal procurement of arms, ammo and the use of both. Implementing even crazier gun control laws does NOTHING to stop the crazier James Holmes’s of the world.
My heartfelt prayers and sympathy is extended to families and friends of senseless tragedies like the Aurora theater shooting. But the answer is not taking guns away from me and people like me. How difficult is this to understand? Lawful people possessing firearms do lawful things with them (hunt, shoot targets, and if necessary protect their families from criminals). Lawless people possessing firearms do lawless things with them (threaten, rob, and kill people, mostly those who are unarmed). Now read this slowly: Lawless people do not care about the law. It’s not a difficult statement to understand. Gun control laws and the unconstitutional tweaking of the 2nd amendment only impacts lawful citizens. The only ones left with the arms are the government and the criminals. Do you really want the rest of the country in the cross fire (or crosshairs!) of those two?? Surely not!
Here is another simple statement: Guns are valuable in many self-defense situations. The point is especially important because no one, even those in favor of gun control, oppose the right of people to defend themselves or their families. Fact: During the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, every major news network carried footage of armed Korean store owners sitting on the roofs of their establishments. Those were the stores that were not torched, and those were the people that were not dragged into the street and beaten by rioters.
Fact: In 2007, the city of Kennesaw, Georgia was selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation’s “10 best towns for families.” The city is perhaps best known nationally for its mandatory gun-possession law. In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21]:
(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b)Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.
There is evidence that this gun law has reduced the incident rate of home burglaries. In the first year, home burglaries dropped from 65 before the ordinance, down to 26 in 1983, and to 11 in 1984. Another report observed a noticeable reduction in burglary from 1981, the year before the ordinance was passed, to 1999. Overall crime rate had decreased by more than 50% between 1982 and 2005. The city’s website claims the city has the lowest crime rate in the county. As of this writing, there have been but four murders since 1982 and three of those happened in the ‘safe school zone’ in which no weapons at all are allowed. Again, murderers do not care about laws, including safe school zones…
Do not believe the rhetoric of those who want to take away legal firearms from lawful people like me. If you want to do something about gun-related crime, do something about the criminal. Educate him before he becomes one (and while you’re at it, educate his parents), train him for a good job in his teens before he has too much time on his hands in his 20’s, try another crime deterrent approach instead of locking him up with other like-minded criminals so he leaves prison better equipped in his skills than before he went in, best of all: share with him the saving love, grace and mercy of God through Jesus Christ. But for goodness sake, don’t let the Government take away the right of the rest of us to protect ourselves from those who couldn’t care less about gun laws.