Deadly Little Toys

Needless to say, there’s been quite a bit of debate going on about gun control in the wake of the tragedy in Las Vegas. The GOP would have us not talk about it. It’s not the appropriate time, they say. Well, when is the appropriate time? Seriously. How much blood has to run in the streets before we get to talk about this?

During one Facebook conversation on the topic, someone said, “The Left’s only solution is banning and confiscation.” Is that why you won’t come to the table, conservatives? Because let me clarify. I don’t know anyone on the left who wants the government to root around in your gun locker and take away your squirrel gun or your pistol. I swear to God. I promise.

We are not talking about taking away your ability to feel safe. (In spite of the fact that most guns in homes wind up harming the residents.) That’s your prerogative. We are also not talking about taking away your ability to hunt for food. Do your thing.

But you don’t need assault rifles, armor piercing bullets, silencers or a freakin’ arsenal to protect yourself or feed yourself. If you do, you aren’t living right. Can we at least agree on that? Please?

And why would you be offended about needing background checks? If you can’t pass one, then you have more problems than a gun can solve anyway. You’re okay with the need for drivers licenses, fishing licenses, and marriage licenses, right? Why is this any more intrusive?

We are the only country that isn’t addressing this issue, and we are the only country where incidents like the one in Las Vegas happen with such horrifying frequency. Other countries do not have anything close to this problem. Doesn’t that make you stop and think? Doesn’t that make you want to at least try to deal with this?

What is it going to take before you’re willing to come to the table and talk, and take action? How many people have to die?  We should be ashamed of ourselves as a nation.

Automatic weapons
That little orange sign says “You have EARNED this.” Maybe, but has the person you are aiming at earned it, too?

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6 thoughts on “Deadly Little Toys

  1. Somebody

    Some of those extreme items are indeed not ‘need’ items but certainly in the ‘want’ category. And with about 300 million guns across the nation, well over 99% of owners are not the threat. Sadly, most gun deaths are by suicide, so you’re correct that guns threaten the safety for some of those that own them.

    I think the totally senseless, brainless, thoughtless and random insanity of mass shootings set against the background of a normal everyday America is why people feel so threatened by these assaults; how can we prepare or prevent it when life looks so normal? The fear it imposes on Americans is the very definition of terrorism.

    Webster defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.”

    The political aims of some shooters are sometimes obvious, other times illuminated in a letter, manifesto or lifestyle in their home and other times simply tangled in their delusional minds. But it is indeed terrorism when these mass shootings occur. It should be called by the name Domestic Terrorism and it has a greater presence in our country than Jihadists.

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