Gun Laws

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Gun laws are a big issue that come up frequently among many circles. Anybody who knows me knows that I am pro-guns. But I want to talk about the topic of machine guns. Aside from a semi-auto, I’ve never held a machine gun. But I do know what they’re capable of: they are capable of rapid fire, death, and fun (if used properly). I’ve seen quite a few videos of people shooting machine guns into lakes or ponds, and it looks fun. Dangerous? Yes, they can be. But you don’t instantly classify shooting a gun under dangerous. You won’t shoot your eye out.

But machine guns have come up in quite a few gun law discussions recently. One News Now says “Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, says the argument is that machine guns are different from other firearms and therefore not protected by the Second Amendment.” How absurd is that? What is the difference in the danger level between a machine gun rather than a semi-auto? Machine guns are simply a new type of weapon in a long chain of technological weapon advancements. Are future weapons, because of their difference from the firearms of the age when the Second Amendment was made, going to be unprotected by the Second Amendment? I should hope not. But the Orlando shooting recently poses a threat to the freedom of guns.

A source tells me that AR-15 weapons and pieces are going out of stock and, what is in stock, is raising in price dramatically. My question is, why? I read where somebody quoted the government in stating that outlawing guns will solve the problem, and then the person quoting proposed the solution: Why not outlaw killing people? Their intent was not to be humorous but to draw out the flaw in the thinking of gun abolitionists: getting rid of guns will not make things safer. The second amendment was made to allow citizens to possess guns, not for mass shootings, but to protect themselves from robbers, villains, and ISIS. If I read my sources correctly, nearly every single “mass” shooting in the news has the shooter connected to ISIS. So now I ask, are guns the issue, or is ISIS the issue? This seems to me a bit of a rhetorical question. I think that the answer is not banning guns but, on the contrary, making them easier to get for American citizens. This action will enable us to defend better in the case of a shooting.

Outlawing guns will make protecting America harder. Citizens will not have firearms and will be vulnerable to attacks. Guns make things easier to fight back, but ISIS does not have to ban guns. This results in ISIS bearing arms and America bearing olive branches.

 

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2 thoughts on “Gun Laws

  1. Ceilidh

    Interesting stance on gun laws, I definitely see where you’re coming from. However, I disagree that getting rid of guns would not make us safer. The way I see it is this: many criminals who participate in mass shootings are somehow mentally ill or in some other way addled (for example people in ISIS have been fed lies their whole lives about why america is bad, etc.) So imagine this kind of person is a child. Say the child wanders about looking for stuff to play with and they come across a weapon stashed in a closet- they could easily hurt themselves or others with it. If the weapon was never there in the first place, the child is safe. Of course the issue is much more complicated than that, but it’s worth considering. Hope this comment provoked some thoughts 🙂

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    1. Sorry for the late response. That is a good thought…most of them are related to mental illnesses or such brainwashing as you mentioned. Also, a good percentage of deaths caused by weapons are accidental.
      On the other hand, would it not be good to have weapons in the right hands? If a mentally-ill person wants to kill people, they will do it – but guns are the easiest channel for that.
      I see where you’re coming from as well; it is a good thought. I’m not trying to argue with you; I agree with you – but I believe that the depletion of guns in the hands of able-bodied and trained civilians cancels out the accidental factor.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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