Friday, February 15, 2008
Gun Control: I am NOT so RIGHT
With all of the shootings in the news lately I feel the need to opine on this subject. There are some areas where I am not so conservative. The right to bear arms is one of them. I hope my brother doesn't read this he will be so mad at me. I know there are responsible people who own guns and citizen's have every right to defend themselves and their families. I also think hunting is a sport and don't think it is bad as long as the meat is used for consumption. Disgusting as it is. However after my husband and I got married I told him I didn't want ANY guns in the house whatsoever. I don't like them. I have been very strict with my son not being able to have shooting video games at all. He is also not allowed to play them at arcades. these games have had an affect on our society. Parents are letting video games raise their kids and TV and movies are no better. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that society is getting more and more violent. I don't want to raise a child that is desensitized to violence at an early age. He has never had a toy gun, because to me guns are not toys. I ask his friends parents if there are guns in the house before he can play at their home. We have talked about what to do if a child is playing with a gun. I just don't see the need for people to have guns period. That is the choice we have made and others can make their choices. It is too easy for the criminal to get guns from other criminals. I know criminals not guns kill people, but guns definately rush the process. Really if the government wanted to take over its citzens they have nuclear bombs and they would win that fight. I am not saying take the guns away, I am only saying can we keep them away from the whack jobs??? Evidently the President has legislation in the works to further the research on an individual before a fire arm is sold to them. If the person is taking anti-phsychotic meds or something similar or has had a recent vacation to the loony bin they can't obtain a gun. Seems like a no brainer. Mentally ill people should not be able to own a gun. This is what the NRA is freaking out about. could it be because they themselves are whack jobs? I hate people who hyper-focus on one issue.
Too many shootings in this country. Too many young men being glamorized in the media. We don't need to see their faces or know their names. Keep those details out of these tragic stories. STOP gloryfying the perp. I am for tougher laws and enforcing the ones we have. Call me a non-pure constitutionalist, but I am a mother. I hate to see these young men whose hearts are failing them. Who is to blame? I don't know the answer. I do believe in personal responsibility and I don't really think tougher gun laws will stop a determined killer, but it may delay one. Let the 2nd amendment gurus sort it out. As for me and my house......no guns please.