Archive for October, 2015

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Gun Ownership.

I’m not for banning guns.  I’m not for dismantling the second amendment.
What I am for a fundamental change in the way we think about guns and their effects on the world we live in.

I drive a car.  I have to have a license to drive that car PROOVING that I’m capable of operating it (although I think some people should be retested).  I have to have that car registered with the state.  I even have to have insurance on that car in the event something happens to me or anyone that car comes in contact with.  I’m cool with that.

I have a dog. Two dogs actually.  Harmless animals, really.  Each of those dogs has to have a license and proof of rabies vaccinations.  Because rabies can be dangerous, and in the even my dog bites someone, the state wouldn’t want them to get rabies.  When I take my dogs on a walk, I have to keep them on a leash, because I live in a residential area.   I’m cool with that.

However, in some state I can own an object that has NO OTHER PURPOSE than to kill something else (animal or people, hunting or defense) and not need a single license or registration or even an instructional video.   I can be the most irresponsible person in the world and I can still own a gun.  I can be an absolute crazy person, and still own a gun.  Of course license and/or registration laws vary from state to state, as well as options on types of weapons available.  I’ve found that these laws or lack of laws tend to coincide with that states populous IQ. ;)   In case you’re wondering… Florida: “It is a felony under Florida law to create, maintain or publish any list, record or registry of legally owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners.” Just sayin’.

Now, I have to reiterate, I’m not for banning guns.  In fact I’ve played with the idea of owning an assault rifle many times, and still do.  I like them.  But, most of the reasons I wanted one, really don’t fit anymore. 

1.      1.    I want one to fight the government when the shit hits the fan.  Reality: when the shit hits the fan, one of two things is going to happen. 1- We’re going to be taken over by the militarized robot army.  2- There isn’t going to be a government left to fight.

2.    2.      I want one to fight off the crazy neighbors when the shit hits the fan.  Reality:  This is still a possibility, and the ONLY solid argument I can come up with.  Because crazy people are the only ones with the guns.  It’s a catch 22…  really.

3.    3.      I want one for protection (see #2).  Reality: Having a gun DOES NOT guarantee your safety.  The best possibility you can hope for, is a shoot-out with your attacker. So really a 50% chance of survival if you’re lucky and happen to be carrying your gun on you.  Actually it’s considerably LESS, because most people are shot with their own weapon.  So…  yeah.  That doesn’t work.

4.      4.    I want one for hunting.  Reality: No I don’t. That’s stupid.

5.      5.    I want one for target shooting.  Reality: Okay, that could be fun. But really I can just pull out the old paintball gun and shoot things in the back yard.  It’s a lot less expensive/hazardous.

6.       6.   I want one.  Reality:   Yeah sure, it would be fun for a few minutes and then I’d get bored with it and go play Counter Strike.

So really I just can’t justify the need.  And the fact that I can get a gun so much more easily than I can own a car or even a dog, screams that there is an inherent problem.

 

It should be just as difficult…  No… it should be MORE difficult to own a weapon, than it should be to own a car or dog.  It’s common sense.  I’m not saying you can’t own one.  I’m saying you should be forced to prove your competency, both mentally and responsibly, to own an object that is meant to kill.