A Gun For All Occasions

Guns For All Occasions

Okay, I can understand how having a handgun would protect you from would-be muggers, rapists, and carjackers. It could also get you killed, because it escalates the confrontation into whole new territory, but you know what? I’ll give you this point, just to be nice.

So how come the hand gun that protects you from muggers, rapists, and carjackers doesn’t also protect you from burglars? I guess you could argue that the shotgun gives you superior stopping power (read: increased ability to turn another human being’s organs into mush). Shotguns have that extra scary factor, which could help you repel a burglar without actually having to shoot him, if you’re in a “live and let live” sort of mood. (You don’t have to be a vicious death merchant all the time, you know.) So I can give you this point as well. Shotguns can be effective tools for home protection, but easy on the trigger finger, killer.

Do you need a rifle with a scope to put food on the table? Maybe. I use my debit card, but I’m a liberal softie. Actually, I have nothing against hunting. I haven’t ever participated myself, but if you want to trek out into the pre-dawn woods and freeze your derrière, be my guest. I will point out that you can put food on the table using a bow and arrows or a snare, both of which are much less likely to blast your face off while you’re cleaning them, but to each his own. Go on and get your dinner. I won’t stop you.

But I have to draw the line at the AK47. See, this is really the crux of the gun debate. When you ask a gun lover why he needs a handgun, a shotgun, or a rifle, he might be able to provide a reasonable answer, but when you ask him why he needs an assault weapon, he gets downright frightening. What kind of enemies do you have, Mr Private Citizen, that you need military-grade assault weapons to defend yourself from them? Did you piss off the mafia?

And what kinds of “freedom & liberty” are we protecting? Something tells me you’re not going to carry your AK47 down to your state legislature and wave it in the faces of lawmakers who are curtailing a woman’s freedom of reproductive choice, or a black man’s liberty to vote without having to show an unnecessary identification card. No, when a gun lover talks about “freedom & liberty”, he is almost always referring to gun rights. That’s what makes the gun proponents’ mantra so scary; the America they want to defend is their own idealized, non-existent version of America. They don’t represent the good of the nation, but they’re armed to the teeth.

If the phrase “prevent government atrocities” doesn’t greatly worry you, then you probably own an assault weapon. By whose judgment shall an atrocity be determined? For my part, I don’t want a man with a machine gun making that kind of call, especially in this age of political extremism. That’s my greatest concern about gun proponents: that they have taken it upon themselves to decide when the government needs an overhaul, and they are trying to build up the firepower to accomplish that task. The irony of this situation is that it is completely untrue to the principles upon which America was founded. This isn’t democracy, gun lovers; it’s terrorism. I’m not being dramatic. Implying violence in pursuit of political aims…that’s part of the definition of terrorism.

Now hang on, I don’t mean to say that every gun enthusiast is a terrorist; that would be irresponsible. If you imply that you need assault weapons to keep the government in check, though…well, maybe you’d be happier living someplace else. Clearly the United States have somehow failed to become the might-makes-right nation you were expecting.

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9 thoughts on “A Gun For All Occasions

  1. Again, if you will read my entire post, you will see that I never said all guns are bad. Also, your argument is a non-sequitur: how does the ability of the wealthy to navigate loopholes in gun control laws have any bearing on whether guns are good or bad?

    • and your comment about waving it the faces of congressmen is a strawman.

      In case you forgot, and apparently you have, the people who wrote this particular bit of the Bill of Rights had just come out of a war – against their own government.

      Read Federalist 46, penned by James Madison. THAT are the “rights” we as gun owners are protecting. NOT just the right to own guns.

  2. I don’t think that gun owners are looking for an overhaul. just respect to everyone rights. http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights

    The second amendment is a RIGHT, not up for debate, just like free speech or the ability to follow whatever religion you wish.

    do you really believe that the government as it stands is acting in your best interest? However, if they try to break apart the principles of our formerly great nation i will defend my family and friends.

    i am not advocating a violent reaction to their dishonesty, coruption and mismanagement. Talk about Might makes right. the most powerful government in the world. i think nuclear weapons and an entire standing army and police force already make the rules sir. you already have someone with a machine gun controlling laws and you have little or no recourse in their passing.

    TBH if you really wanna talk about the ideals of the america that started back in 1776. Take this excerpt from our own declaration of independence

    “… when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”

    • The rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights have been contentious pretty much since their inception. There have been numerous court cases to hammer out the details, so I would say that they’re a long way from being “not up for debate”.

      You can go on about the government dismantling the ideals of our formerly great nation all you want; in fact, I agree that there are some aspects of government that REALLY need to change, like giving corporations power as people in election processes. But gun control is not about breaking up American values. It’s about keeping people safe from maniacs with assault rifles. That’s what the gun lobby seems hell-bent to avoid understanding.

      • The Constitution doesn’t guarantee rights; it protects them. The rights are inalienable. Therefore, it is NOT up for debate.

    • It means assault weapons that have no place anywhere but in a military unit. I didn’t think that was so difficult to understand, unless you’re being intentionally obtuse. Given some of the “arguments” I’ve read from anti-gun-control crowd in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy, that’s not too hard to believe.

      • ‘assault weapon’ apperently means:

        -Semi-automatic firearm capable of accepting a detachable magazine
        -Folding or telescoping (collapsible) stock, which reduces the overall length of the firearm
        -A pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the weapon
        -Bayonet lug,which allows the mounting of a bayonet
        -Threaded barrel, which can accept devices such as a flash suppressor, Suppressor, compensator or muzzle brake
        -Grenade launcher
        -Barrel shroud, which prevents burning of shooter’s arm or hand as a safety device.

        so you could just use a semi auto rifle that doesnt have those features!! And it will be the same thing cause those features are NOT part of the gun. (cosmetic)

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