I feel compelled to respond to an argument I read, in favor of guns and the violence that they produce. There is, first, a comparison between guns, which, letís face it, are designed to do nothing but injure and kill, and air bags and seat belts, which are designed to protect. The analogy leaves me confused. Yes, itís true, some people like to target shoot, but that can be accomplished with a .22-caliber gun with a five-shot magazine and hardly requires a pistol/rifle of up to .50 caliber (1/2-inch diameter) with a multiple capacity of more that 20 shots.
Gun enthusiasts also point out the high frequency of gun-related crimes in those cities that have strict licensing requirements to show the futility of such laws. The problem is, those cities are within hours of states where multiple firearms can be purchased with little or no requirements. There are no interstate border checks and no one suggests that there should be, but I can drive no more than a few hours from Springville to Ohio or Virginia and buy as many of whatever I can afford. If we look at other nations where there is real gun control, the lack of gun crimes and violence is microscopic, compared to ours. Am I concerned about the possibility of criminals appearing at my door? I certainly am, but I am far more concerned with my children/grandchildren finding and using firearms in my home and using them to accidentally or intentionally kill their selves, siblings, relatives, friends, classmates, strangers or anyone else.
Look at the statistics: How many more accidental or intentional shootings take place than those that actually protect someone? As far as hunting is concerned: I have hunted and I quickly learned one thing; you get one shot, maybe two; after that, the animal is gone, no matter how many bullets you have left.
Finally, there is the fear of some sort of government takeover. I am 68 years old. I have, for many years, been an active participant in many protests and confrontations with the authorities and yet, I have never felt this kind of fear of my own people and government. I wonder why these gun enthusiasts seem to have so little faith in our government and our people. I donít think that Iím naive, but this is America and in our 238 years of existence, with, I suppose the exception of the Civil War (with good reason), we have never seen any reason for this kind of paranoia. I am not afraid. Why are you?