Friday, October 01, 2010

Gun Control

Today I will give my final example of the difference between liberals and conservatives. Gun control. This is one case where I just don't understand the liberal view point.
How can owning a gun possibly be a bad thing? Sure, there is the rare case where some idiot leaves a loaded gun laying around and someone gets hurt and I have no problem requiring someone to take a training course before giving him a gun. After all, we don't let anyone drive a car (far more deadly than a gun) without requiring them to get a license. And there is the argument about some one who owns a gun losing their temper but those people seem to have no problem using other things such as knives, screwdrivers and baseball bats to kill the person they're mad at. We even had a killing here in San Diego not long ago by someone using a frozen fish.

In any case, as you might guess, the liberal wants to take care of everybody and if a gun can kill a person then we should take them away. The problem with that argument is that some how the bad guys manage to keep getting their guns meanwhile the honest guys don't.

The conservative believes that we all have the right to defend ourselves and if there are bad guys out there with guns then we should have that same right. Not long ago in Salt Lake City there was a crazy gun man opened fire in a shopping mall killing several people. Utah has a "right to carry" law meaning that as long as you haven't broken any laws you can carry a concealed weapon. The gun man was taken out by a civilian who happened to be in the mall shopping.

In the year 2003, 12,548 people died from accidental and intentional gun shots, (not including suicide). In the same year more than 100,000 people used a gun in self defense saving themselves (or others) from serious harm or death. The actual number is difficult to determine and may have been as high as three million.


Kira said...

a frozen fish?????!!!! You have got to be joking!

Peter and Mandy said...

I didn't hear about the frozen fish story. We keep a frozen fish at work year after year to use when teaching science...never thought of it as a weapon.

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

I have always liked the saying "Guns don't kill people, people kill people."
I sympathize with those who don't want anyone to be carrying a gun. I understand where they are coming from. The reality is, guns will not just disappear. We can't make them go away. But like you said, and I couldn't agree more, guns will continue to always be found in the wrong hands. So since there are going to be guns out there, I would love if there was someone else with one, to help everyone else out.

amir07_johor said...

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