Fighting Fire With Fire

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Fighting Fire With Fire

The reaction many people have to recent shootings absolutely baffles me. You’re going to go with “It’s a mental health issue?”

Total. Fucking. Bullshit.

Mental health IS an issue that needs to be addressed, I won’t argue with that at all. BUT – without guns, individuals intent on causing such harm to others wouldn’t be able to inflict such damage. There are so many other, lengthy, arguments I could make to continue with all of this but I honestly don’t have it in me to fight with anyone on an issue that should have everyone on the same page.

Mental health is one of the hardest issues to discuss on so many levels, and that needs to change. Honestly though? This is about guns.

Guns. Historically Speaking…

Correct me if I’m wrong on any of this…I may be Irish but I did live in Minnesota between 1997 & 2007 (during my “formative” schooling years.)

The Second Amendment, the one that all those keyboard warriors quote, was adopted in 1791. SEVENTEEN NINETY ONE. Do you know what kind of fire arms were readily available in 1791? Mainly muskets and flintlock pistols. If you’re out of the loop on this one let me help you out…they weren’t that efficient. As well as needing to be reloaded often enough during battles and whatnot, their accuracy was horrible.

There were more accurate and powerful air rifles also, but even those were NOWHERE near as advanced as what is available to screwed up assholes in a city gun shop. Yes, I said that and you might want to jump down my throat.

Hang on…

Not everyone who has or wants a gun is a screwed up asshole. I know that and I don’t have an issue with anyone who wants to maintain their right to own a gun (unless you’re a sociopath, then I may take issue with you.) But if you can’t admit that it’s too easy for people to get guns, you really need to get out more.

Excuse me?

Before you fight me blindly on this, I don’t want to take away your guns. If you enjoy hunting or feel you need a gun to protect yourself, that is none of my business.  However, I do think we can all agree that no one needs a machine gun or similar weapon to do either of those things.

You feel that you need a gun to protect yourself and loved ones from other people with (or without) guns…wouldn’t less guns mean you would be in a better position safety wise? Think you’re not hurting anyone keeping a gun in the house? You’re not unless a kid gets a hold of it, or the person breaking into your house is more skilled with a weapon than you are.

Then you’re fucked.

You love the thrill of shooting cans off a fence? Okay. Cool. You can aim and it’s a hobby you’re proud of. You like hunting for dear and turkey etc? That’s perfectly acceptable (except to “meat is murder” folks…and many vegans are a whole other sort of asshole.)

I DON’T HAVE AN ISSUE WITH SOMEONE OWNING A GUN – as long as you are trained to use it and take all the proper safety precautions. But there are SO many people out there that don’t know what they’re doing. Anyone who is truly concerned about safety and proper gun ownership should be more than willing to be open to a change in regulations. You should KNOW what can happen when the wrong person gets a hold of the wrong weapon.

WHY do gun toting folks and enthusiasts have such an issue with some changes to regulations?!

Yep, that’s my main question. You can try to answer it but I think it’s as frustrating as questioning the meaning of life itself.

I think I’m going to end this here before I get deep into a nonsensical rant. Feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comments. I don’t be arguing things on Twitter – 140 characters is NOT the best way to have a conversation.

Feel free to check out more of my unbridled opinions that I will be posting from time to time.

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