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Gun Control is good…or bad. Maybe.

February 1st, 2013 · 80 Comments

I’m kind of on the fence on this one.

On one hand, I hate seeing all of these shootings taking place, especially considering the troubling fact that they are on the rise, a steep rise. This is all not to mention the horrible tragedy of having all of those small children killed a month back as well – no one can deny that that was indeed a terrible incident and a compelling case for gun control.

Yesterday on the evening news, they provided a startling figure – from midnight until 5p.m. Eastern time yesterday, there were 200 shootings across the nation. 200! I’m sure that this was not an exceptional day either, just another day in the U.S.

On one side, if there were more people arming themselves, could some of these shootings have been avoided? Possibly. If the teachers and staff at that elementary school had been armed, would all of those children have been killed? Not likely, but it is easily as unlikely to have an elementary school full of armed teachers and staff. Very unlikely, that one.

I suppose that there is some truth to the notion that the more good people that arm themselves, the more of a deterrant it could be for the bad people to try something. However, this is a thin assumption as having all of those guns out there would no doubt result in bad people having an even easier access to more guns, right? There would also possibly be an increase in the number of accidental shootings by kids who get ahold of their parents’ guns.

So, there is that argument.

Then there is the argument that removing as many guns as possible from the streets would make it harder for criminals, or would-be criminals, to get their hands on a weapon. Sure, a hardened criminal would find a way to get a weapon, but it would still be that much harder. Making the backgrounds checks much stricter could also be a good deterrant. But what about the basic right for someone to defend themselves and their family? Should people have a right to take what necessary measures are possible in order to secure their most precious asset, their family? True, true.

The NRA always falls back on the 2nd Amendment which says that the American people should have the right to bear arms. The trouble with that argument is that this Amendment was created at a time when there was the constant threat of foreign powers challenging our new nation’s sovereignty and people needed to be prepared. They weren’t insisting on the right to arm themselves to protect them from a neighbor, colleague or stranger from the street with a mental problem. This Amendment is being taken out of context – one of the troubles with a democracy where outdated proclamations are still taken as word. I don’t think that that was what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

A possible personal solution to the question of whether or not to arm myself has taken form in this cloudy issue in my mind. I think that, yes, I am for gun control, but I also want to go out and buy a weapon before gun control takes place. I know that this may sound hypocritical, but I trust my instincts around guns and believe myself to be a responsible individual. I am reasonably mentally stable and careful around weapons. Will I then carry a loaded weapon around with me wherever I go? Maybe. Does that make me a vigilante wanna-be? Maybe.

All I know is that if lives are at stake, whether they be my family, friends, neighbors or total strangers, I know that I at least want to have an advantage.

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