People pretty much know that I am pro-gun and exercise my 2nd Amendment right. I’ve met and gotten to know a lot of people on the internet, via CFP and as of late, people have asked me questions about my stand for guns. Sometimes I feel like I’m saying the same thing over and over, but for different people. I thought I’d put it here for those who might want to know.
Here are the main questions I get and my answers.
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You have guns in your home? What about your kids?
Well, I was raised on guns. There were guns all over my home. My dad is a collector. He kept them all in a closet. One day, when I was bout 2, our house was broken into and my dad’s guns were stolen. He had about 7, they took them all except for one that they apparently thought was worthless because of the condition of the gun. It was actually from WW2 and worth the most, so that was lucky. Anyway, after that break in, my dad was never the same about keeping our house locked up and safe. It was almost OCDish because I remember how annoyed by it I was as a kid – lock the door, check the door to see if it locked, go to leave, go back and check door once more…
From then on, eggs were no longer placed in one basket. What Daddy wanted was a safe, but a young couple with three kids – trying to make it – doesn’t have the money to spend on a safe – not the kind Daddy wanted anyway. So, he hid the guns all over the house. There was a handgun in the cabinet behind the green beans. There was a rifle standing up in the pantry behind the mops and brooms. My brother, sister and I all had a gun in between our mattress and box springs. There was a rifle in my closet. I can’t remember for certain, but I think there was a rifle in my brother and sister’s closets too. I should clarify that while Daddy did keep a loaded gun in the house, the ones he kept in our rooms weren’t loaded.
We never touched them. Never. Why? Because my father demystified them! If we wanted to see the gun or hold the gun, Daddy would let us. If he was cleaning a gun, he’d let us sit down with him and handle the parts. He taught us how to hold them, how to handle them, how to check to see if they’re loaded and that checking them was the first thing you do when you’re handed a gun – even if you saw the person check to see if it was loaded before they handed it to you – you still check for yourself. Then he’d say “Now, don’t touch or handle a gun unless I’m with you. If you see one somewhere and you want to touch it or handle it, tell me and we’ll get it out together…”
Because I was permitted to handle them, because I was shown what they were about – I didn’t mess with them. I can remember my friends going in my closet to get a game or something and they’d say “Uhm, there’s a gun in your closet…” I’d say “I know, don’t touch it – just get the game.” Daddy also took us out and taught us how to shoot. First time I pulled a trigger, dead bullseye. That feeling was awesome. Daddy dug the bullet out of the dirt mound from behind the target and we found the shell. I still have that bullet, and I don’t think I’ve ever hit a bulls eye dead center since.
“How can you say we don’t need stricter gun laws?”
Let’s say there are 80 million gun owners in the US. If 10% of them are felons (I highly doubt it’s that high, but for the sake of easy math we’ll say 10%) that means about 8 million felons have guns. These proposed gun laws punish the majority because of the few. How is punishing 72 million because of 8 million right? Our country usually goes by ‘majority rules’, but not in the case of gun ownership. Right now the process you have to go through in order to own a an AK-47 is this:
Find your desired gun.
Pay the dealer in full for your purchase.
Fill out the ATF Form 4 in duplicate with the required CLEO (Chief Law Enforcement Officer) signatures,
Have photos taken of you
Show proof of US Citizenship
Submit ATF Form 4 with a $200 fee (for the Tax Stamp) to the BATFE for approval.
Wait 90 to 180 days for approval to take place
When ATF Form 4 is approved, it is transferred to the dealer.
The dealer calls you to go in and complete Form 4473 and then you can take it home.
If you were to ever want to transport your AK-47 across state lines, you must complete ATF Form 5320.20 requesting permission from the BATFE and reason for crossing state lines with your NFA weapon (this must be filed with every state you’re traveling through along with your dates of travel.)
After this process, and filling out paperwork that gives the government everything from your rising sign to the color of your jockey shorts, it would seem quite hard for anyone to obtain one of these weapons without the FBI and everyone else knowing about it. I don’t understand how more laws or regulations or requirements going to change anything. How does more paperwork for the honest person, making it harder to obtain guns, going change anything?
From 1927-1989 there were 16 school shootings. In 1990 the Gun Free School Zones act was passed. Since 1990, there have been 106 shootings. Those shootings, not only took place in Gun Free Zones, but with illegally obtained weapons. Not ONE single school shooting took place with legally obtained weapons. The above process, already in place, prevents nothing. (The person in Conn used guns his mother obtained legally. Not him, he obtained them illegally when he stole them from her.)
The gun policy we have now isn’t working. Why? Because gun policy doesn’t work. I’d say the events since 1990 prove that. If gun policy doesn’t work, why are we going to waste time and energy passing more? More gun laws is akin to passing a law saying we should ban murder. I mean… really. It’s ludicrous.
“Why are you behaving as though you’re the victim”
I’m not the victim of any of these horrible crimes. I am the victim of more gun laws. So are you. All of us are. Look at what happened in Germany shortly after gun control laws were passed… (See history of gun control in other countries: http://bit.ly/gguncontrol)
“It’s okay for us to have guns, but assault weapons should be illegal. They’re too easy for people to get”
Not ONE single weapon used in ANY mass shooting was an assault weapon. That is a fabrication, usually spread by those who know very little about guns, and people just believe it because they don’t know any better. AKs, ARs, etc are NOT assault weapons. Not all of them are fully automatic. Most, actually, aren’t. Assault weapons are. These guns fire ONE bullet per pull of the trigger. Just the same as hunting rifles, shotguns and pistols (That aren’t a part of the proposed gun law.)
“Other countries with stricter gun laws have far less gun related deaths and murders than the USA”
That may be true, but a lot of those countries do not live in a democracy. They get very little freedoms. The others, like the UK, Canada, Australia, etc. Do have far less gun related crimes, this is true, but they have a much higher rate of crime overall.
There are 2.8% assault victims in the UK compared to 1.2% in the states. That’s 183% MORE than the US. There are 183,419 drug related offenses per 100,000 people in the UK, in the US there are 560.1 per 100,000 people. 326 times the US! There are also 125% more rape victims in the UK than US (of those reported).Canada has 92% more assault victims than the US and is ranked 5th in the world. (And we have roughly 300,000,000 people here and there’s roughly 35,000,000 there.)
US 1.2% of the pop
AU 2.4% of the pop
Rape Victims (of those reported):
Let’s look at Switzerland. Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. When they reach the age of 16, they’re trained in how to use weapons and carry guns with them everywhere they go. Switzerland has 1% assault victims, the US has 1.2% The have an average of 68 intentional homicides with firearms each year. We have about 16% more crime overall than Switzerland.Removing the right of the people to have guns will solve one problem and create many more.
“What is the solution then?”
In my opinion, we need better mental healthcare in this country. 56% of prisoners, that are released, have some form of mental illness. They need treatment. I say we do what Kennesaw, Georgia did. Twenty some years ago they passed a law requiring every head of household to own a gun. Over the course of the next 4 years, crime went down and has since stayed down. There have been 4 murders there in 20 years. Three were committed in gun free zones and the fourth was a stabbing. Atlanta is the 6th most dangerous city in the United States yet this town, with mandatory gun ownership, that is in Atlanta is one of the safest. Areas that have instituted bans, taken away guns or made them harder to get have consistently failed so badly that the bans are overturned and the one who did the very opposite, 20 years later, are still going strong.
This interactive map speaks volumes: http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2011/migration.html
Honestly, nothing is going to change until the heart and minds of the people change. Until that happens, I sleep a little better at night knowing I can protect myself.
“Do you really believe we should be afraid of our government?”
Do I genuinely believe my government is going to turn on me? No. Why? Because I exercise my 2nd Amendment right. Do I genuinely fear my government would turn on me after the proposed gun bans pass into law? Yes, and I should too. Why? If I had nothing to fear from my government, they wouldn’t go against the 2nd Amendment in the first place. A government that takes away my 2nd Amendment right is a government I fear. It’s a government we should all fear.