The right to bear arms never meant the right to own enough guns or even own one gun capable of mass destruction. It was meant to protect ones own family and property and to allow for the formation of militia. And when that “right” was penned there wasn’t such a thing as a semi or fully automatic weapon with extended clips/magazines. I’m sure there wasn’t even a thought in anyone’s head back then that would glimmer at imagining a weapon that could cut down dozens of people in the blink of an eye by just pulling a trigger once.
I do not dispute that people have the right to own a gun. It’s the kind of gun you own that scares me. You can tell me until you’re blue in the face that YOUR gun would never be used in a crime, or that you would never allow your gun to be misused in any way. That YOU know how to use it and it’s your (sic)”God given right” to own whatever you want to own.
That “guns don’t kill people – people kill people”. Well, your precious semi auto extended magazine AR-15 does a damn good job of mass slaughter with the pull of a trigger now doesn’t it.
And don’t get me started on “need it to hunt with”. I come from a family that hunted my entire life and we did not need or use a semi ANYTHING. If you can’t hit your target with skill you don’t need to be out hunting in the first place.
And the “I like to shoot it at the range” BS doesn’t count either. Again, there is no skill in just pulling the trigger and blowing something away that way. It’s a cheap thrill at best by those who don’t want to take the time to learn how to shoot a real weapon that takes practice and skill.
I also hate to break it to you. God didn’t give you that right. God, if you want to go there, promises only 2 things. Life and death. Everything in between is up to us. Living beings. Man gave you that “right”. And yes, man CAN take it away. And there are times MAN should.
If you can’t see that for the greater good you may have to give up your high powered semi automatic assault weapon then not even God can help you. For you do not see anything past your own twisted warped sense of what YOU want and be damned the rest of the world.
Until it’s your child. Your wife. Your neighbor. Your weapon.
And even then I don’t think you will care enough see that there should be some restrictions to what you are allowed to own.
Because, what this ultimately really is about, is YOU. You say it’s for your family, your “stuff”, but it’s really about YOU.
Let’s hope you or yours will never be at the wrong end of a gun like the kind you hug so dear to yourself. I would hate to say “I told you so…”…
But I would.
Because it’s always about your “rights” until it’s about a life you hold dear.
And by then it’ll be just a moment too late.
And even “I told you so…” will be just hollow words to the heartbreak you feel.