Friends Off – Gun Control

Courtesy of Fox News

Courtesy of Fox News

I could never understand how people can have a stand on some issues without understanding facts or even educating themselves, not to mention the inability to look at the issue from the other side.

This is a slippery slope for anybody to walk. However, I would assume that you can agree to disagree and still stay friends unless it is harming somebody.

Should a person have the right to bear arms? Absolutely.

Should there be stronger controls on who can get a gun or what kind of gun? Absolutely.

These two are not mutually exclusive.

If you want to get a few guns because you collect them, you hunt, you just like to go to a shooting range or you just want to have them for your own protection, you should be able to.

Should you go through training and special psychological evaluation to make sure that one day you will not go to the mall or some school and start shooting because you feel ignored, upset or just angry.

Domestic abusers should not be allowed to obtain guns. People with restraining orders who have been threatening others should not be allowed to obtain guns. Convicts should not be allowed to obtain guns. Mentally ill or mentally unstable should not be allowed to obtain guns.

Would you want to receive a phone call informing you that the school your kid is going to is being evacuated because some kid brought a gun to school and started shooting? Would you want to hear that your kid was killed?

You can have a gun if you are getting it for the right reasons and are not planning on intentionally harming somebody. You have the right to own a weapon but should also be ready to proof that you are fit to own one.

You have the right to bear arms but I have the right not to be shot by somebody who just walked in the store, got a gun and then went on a rampage.

Gun control is a two-way street. People who are fit to have guns should be able to acquire them and people who do not want anything to do with guns should be able to trust the system that nutjobs do not have access to any weapons. Both sides have the right to feel safe.



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7 responses to “Friends Off – Gun Control”

  1. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches. says :

    Dace, I agree with you on many points but I don’t believe we’ll ever be able to control who owns a gun and who doesn’t. I compare it to putting a lock on my front door. The lock will keep honest people out but a thief will still find a way in.

    • Dace says :

      Sheri, I fully agree but I am not talking about being able to prevent criminals from getting guns. I am talking about preventing mentally unstable people from being able to walk into a school or a mall and just unload the gun because they are not happy or are angry. All that could be prevented.

      We set age limits on getting alcohol and tobacco but that does’t fully prevent kids from getting their hands on them. If we implement extra gun control, that will not fully solve the problem but that will help.

      • sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches. says :

        Dace – I have a series of blogs coming up on the subject of mental illness and guns. There’s so much more to ‘it’ than simply keeping them from getting and using the guns. Until guns are removed from homes, kids are going to get their hands on them. It doesn’t matter how savvy we are in hiding or securing them. It’s a fact of life.

  2. Linuxgal says :

    Gun control isn’t really about guns, it’s about control.

  3. Sue Dreamwalker says :

    Living in the UK where Gun Laws are different, I agree with much of what you say here.. In the USA people are used to guns and protecting their own with them,. But stricter rules in regulations should be enforced.. Here each Gun has to be registered and a Licence permit given. It has to be locked in a steel cabinet. to be secure…
    I know I have read many horrendous articles on children getting hold of guns in the USA and fatal accidents happening… Let alone those who are mentally unstable who have gone on a rampage..

    Taking Guns away from Normal sensible Americans could spell more trouble…

    Here our police do not carry guns and have to be issued them only in specific incidents… Here in lies the difference….

    Great to read your thoughts on this subject Dace.. Sue

    • Dace says :

      I am pretty sure that there is a win win situation for both sides. What works in one country might not work in the other.

      However, both sides can agree upon something and make it work.

      Thank you for sharing you thoughts Sue.

  4. monsieurmehrdad says :

    Talking about ignorance… “Those who sacrifice liberty in order to…” is Ben Francklin’s not Adams’ 😉

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