In the midst of the current whirlwind of the gun control argument, emotions are high everywhere. What I feel the most is sadness. I realize the importance of the Second Amendment, and I don’t want to debate that at all. I don’t want to debate gun control at all.
That because I’m not in favor of outright gun bans in America. Let me just get that right out there. I’m in favor or banning semi-automatic and automatic assault rifles and weapons. I’m in favor of more strict gun control laws across the country, but what I would really like is for more people to use common sense when it comes to debating the Gun Control Issue. I would like for people to actually use their reasoning skills, logic, and to think things all the way through to a logical conclusion when making their arguments for or against whatever position they’ve chosen.
If you’re a pro-gun advocate and anti-gun control of any kind, please don’t use the “argument” that if guns (of any kind) are banned from public consumption then we ought to also ban hammers, forks, cars, steak knives, pens, anti-freeze, chainsaws, screwdrivers, mountain climbing rope, chicken wire, baseball bats, golf clubs, scissors, and ice picks because “they have been used to murder people too.” Perhaps, but their main purpose is not to maim, kill, hoot or injure. Even for sport or self-protection. Their purpose in being created has a completely different use than the purpose of a gun.
If you’re a pro-gun advocate and anti-gun control of any kind, please don’t use the “argument” that if guns (of any kind) are banned from public consumption then we ought to also ban hotdogs, swimming pools, cars, alcohol, stairs, swing sets, dancing on tables, roller skates, dogs, amusement park rides, motorcycles, and parents co-sleeping with their babies because “they have all accidentally injured and killed people too.” Perhaps, but in their common usage most accidents that occur with these things don’t result in death or trips to the emergency room because the original purpose is not to maim, kill, shoot, or injure. Even for sport or self-protection.
I will gladly argue in favor or our Constitutional right to bear and carry firearms, but if you use those straw man “arguments” I’ll actually argue against you and choose the opposing viewpoint just to piss you off.
I still haven’t explained why I’m saddened by all of this hateful back and forth, especially since so many pro-gun advocates that are so anti-any-gun control don’t seem to want to acknowledge the innocent children and adults that died in Sandy Hook which is what prompted the national discussion to come to the forefront again. On the heels of Aurora and other recent shootings, where so many other children and innocents are dying in mass shootings.
These families have to endure their first Christmas and Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and Easter and New Year without their loved ones this year, and forever after. Many of these families might not be able to weather the tragedy. It’s common for marriages to fall apart after they suffer losses and tragedy like this. It’s common for family members to commit suicide after things like this. There’s much more damage than the little children that died caused by the rain of bullets.
And yet… the Second Amendment is being upheld as what our country stands for. As being more important than saving lives. The common people acting as its own militia is not what our country stands for or is about.
Whatever happened to Homemade Apple Pie and Baseball being the symbols of America? Such innocent things that nearly everyone enjoys and loves and can associate with good feelings from childhood that are shared with our own children… but now even baseball is being warped into an argument about gun control. Please, don’t do that. Let baseball be about baseball. Let hotdogs swimming pools be about summer and picnics. Let hammers be about building and mountain climbing rope be about rock climbing. Let scissors be about crafts with your children.
Don’t let assault weapons become the symbol of America.