*Made this rebloggable by request…
Your idea of what constitutes a coward is very strange…
First of all, why does it matter how someone murdered one of my loved ones? Would I be any less hurt or angry or horrified if someone smothered or stabbed or beat my loved ones to death instead?
Yes, I would support guns. My family - immediate and extended - owns guns for hunting and protection. We all have gone through hunter’s safety as well as gun safety so we know how to use it. If someone came into our homes, we would be able to defend ourselves.
If one of my loved ones was gunned down outside of their homes, it would only increase my support of the second amendment. In order to get a gun, there are background checks done, and working in a sporting goods store where firearms are regularly sold, there are always those who are rejected because of their background checks, because they are straw purchases, and the like. The idea that there are no rules or regulations when purchasing a firearm is incorrect.
Criminals, murderers, bad people will get their hands on guns - or any other kind of weapon - if they want it. Just as drug dealers get their hands on heroin and other drugs despite the fact that they are illegal, so can any thug purchase a gun illegally. Making it harder for law-abiding, innocent people to get guns does not prevent those who set out to do others harm. If there’s a will, there’s a way so to speak.
Look at Chicago. They are a city with the highest gun control laws in the nation, and they have surpassed even Detroit in gang and gun violence. I wonder why that is…
There was a family who lived down the block from Annemarie, my best friend, and she knew and played with him as a child. Two of that family’s boys went to Catholic Central high school where my good friend teaches health, and all of my male relatives have gone or continue to go there. Last April, one of their sons, Tucker - who did not attend Catholic Central and had gotten in with the wrong crowd, doing hard drugs and wanted to steal from his own father - attacked his family. You can read the whole event here.
He killed his father by beating him to death with a baseball bat. The police report said that the police on the scene were “unprepared” for the carnage and received counseling for weeks after. He sent his mother and one of his other brothers to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. (Thank God, both of them survived, but they stayed in ICU for months, and Rose, the mother, was in a coma for weeks.)
Should we start making it hard for people to buy baseball bats? Should we make people prove that they’re only going to be using the baseball bat for the game? How would you know they were telling the truth or not? What about those people who attack someone with a kitchen knife? Should we make people prove that they’re only going to use their kitchen utensils for slicing meat instead of throats? How would you know they were telling the truth?
And how about drunk drivers? Are you in favor of banning all alcohol? What about cars? Five years ago, my boyfriend and best friend, John, was hit and killed by a drunk driver when he was 20 years old. Now the majority of people don’t drink and drive; they get cabs, they have designated drivers, they wait until they’re sober enough to leave the bar. And for those who do, a lot of the time, they don’t get caught, and nothing happens to them. But sometimes, they do get caught. Sometimes, they do kill someone else…or themselves. Yes, drunk driving needs to stop.
But how can we prevent people 100% from driving drunk? There’s no real way unless you ban alcohol, or you ban cars. That can also be said for people who give into road rage and run someone else off the road. Or not even malicious car accidents that lead to death. But say someone isn’t paying attention because of the radio or they’re on their phone. And they don’t stop fast enough or they slip on some ice and crash into another car.
You can make a no cellphone law. You can make a must-wear-seatbelt law. But does that mean people always stay off their cellphones? Does that mean that every person wears their seat belts? So we should make it hard for people to buy cars…or say you can’t have cellphones….or even take away radios in the car? The amount of things that can happen because of stupid or hateful people is ENDLESS.
Blaming an object for these tragedies is pointless. A gun in the wrong hands is deadly. But so is a baseball bat. Or a car. Or a knife. Or a friggin’ pillow if they want to smother someone to death. But making it harder to near impossible for sane, normal, innocent people only inhibits their chances of survival.
It’s interesting how people seem to be ignoring that the Oregon mall shooting was stopped by an armed citizen. This man had a permit to carry, did everything right to obtain it with the laws we have now, and he saved countless lives because of it. And it happens all the time where a citizen in possession of a gun can save and help himself instead of waiting for the police to answer his 911 call.
Criminals will get their hands on guns whatever way they can if they want it bad enough. What happens to their victims if it becomes harder, longer, and more expensive for them to protect themselves? So if my loved ones were ever murdered by a person with a gun, I’d direct my anger and hurt and outrage and horror at the cause — the evil person who did it.
Because the point isn’t that he/she killed my loved one with a gun. The point is that he/she killed my love one at all.