And again,

brought to you courtesy of the NRA

Look, I grew up around guns. The manly men on both maternal and paternal sides of my family are brave and bold hunters of wild animals who may or may not have IQs that are compatible with those who hunt them.   But, come on.  How come our A #1 best-of-best country has the most violent crime and the most gun crime of any industrialized nation? I know I have said it before but there is really no need for average, everday citizens to have ownership rights to weapons that fire lethal projectiles across far distances, delivering death to elementary, middle, high school and college students.  Or somebody walking across the grocery store parking lot. Or somebody pumping gas.  Or somebody eating at McDonald’s.

It’s time for the alledgedly-mature adult gun owners to admit that the pursuance of their hobbies that require guns put the lives of innocent people at stake. They need to step up and say, hey, you know what? for the good of society as a whole, let’s turn in our rifles, pistols, AK47s, shotguns, muzzleloaders, revolvers, flintlocks (well, ok, maybe those take a little longer to load and give people more time to get out of the way, but still), and machine guns and our armor piercing bullets and see if, eventually, innocent bystanders stop being slaughtered by maniacs who have laughably easy access to firearms.  How many people do you know personally, out of all the people you know, who have defended themselves against a certain deadly assult through the use of a firearm?

Unless you, as a private citizen, can offer certifiable proof that your life is endangered by bears, wildcats, hippopotami, lions, wild boar, or deranged moose, I just really don’t think you need to own a gun.  And I’m sorry if that means you cannot go hunt defenseless wild animals (don’t get me wrong, that venison was tasty, B, esp to a protein-crazed prego-woman) with firearms but perhaps a bow and arrow might actually even the odds more, if you have to absolutely pit your brains against that of a deer.   And I won’t deny that it is fun to go target shooting; but here’s an idea: instead of taking your own gun, just rent one at the shooting range.  Or if you absolutely have to own a firearm, why not make it so you just keep it under lock and key at said firing range.  I know that events could still happen such as robberies, what have you. But this individual ownership thing is obviously not working.

So we just basically tune it out now and ignore it because, 31 people? Well, that is terrible but I didn’t know them. Just don’t think that it couldn’t happen to you because obviously, in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, it happens. Regularly.

Because apparently Land of the Free/Home of the Brave = Wild, wild West for our individuality-lovin’, don’t mess with me, I-could-care-less-about-the-good-of-the-whole society.

Just consider it the next time you vote. Apparently that is the only way things are going to change.  If they change at all, which I doubt and so I’ll be moving to Canada as soon as the chance arises.  Eh.


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