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NRA (Not Responsible Americans)

It's time to re-visit the second amendment to the US Constitution. I would rather see health care for all Americans as a right and have the ability to bear arms a privilege that must be earned.

 

I am proud to say that my home is a gun-free home. And I can say that despite (or maybe because) of all of the mass shootings that have happened recently in our country, I will NEVER be a gun-owner.

What happened in Connecticut, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wisconsin again, and so on and so on, are horrible tragedies that each have their own personal narratives, victims and perpetrators. But what each of these mass shootings does have in common is the fact that the perpetrators used guns to commit their atrocities. In none of these mass killings that has plagued the U.S. recently has the killer walked into a business, theatre or school and used a knife, baseball bat or any other weapon to take out their anger, frustration, prejudices or mental problems on their victims. In each occurrence the perpetrator has used a gun. And in most cases, a semi-automatic gun.

Apparently the young man who committed the murders in Connecticut used a semi-automatic weapon capable of going through 30 rounds before reloading. He had two hand guns with him that he didn't even need to aid in his carnage.

There is NO WAY that anyone needs a semi-automatic weapon; designed to bounce off human bone and do inexplicable damage to organs, yet they are totally legal. Why the hell is that?

You don't need a 30-round semi-automatic weapon to shoot a deer. The only thing these weapons are designed to hunt is humans. You don't need a semi-automatic weapon to defend your house - Unless you're under siege by the FBI or the local SWAT team, in which case you should not have a gun in the first place.

The day any person attempts to purchase or register a semi-automatic weapon they should be arrested for being mentally-unstable and have all other guns taken from them, along with their right to bare arms.

In fact, I believe we should re-visit the second amendment to the US Constitution. I would rather see health care for all Americans as a right and have the ability to bear arms a privilege that must be earned. Too bad in this gun-crazy country, it is almost the opposite.

The US Constitution is more than 200 years old and when the second amendment was ratified (A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed) We had just finished a bloody war for independence against the strongest nation in the world in a vast and wild country populated with natives trying desperately to cling to ancestral land - All without a real army, which is why the amendment gave us the right to form a militia and bear arms (to fight wars when called upon by the people, not to kill the people when you felt like it).

Times were starkly different 200 hundred years ago than they are now.

We are not at war against American Indians anymore. My "back forty" is forty feet by seventy feet, not forty acres of woods infested with dangerous animals and the local Indian tribe.

We are not at war against the British, the Canadians to the north, the Mexicans to the south or even the Cubans. The worst violence hitting America is coming from within, caused by our own obsession to own guns - Big, fat, semi-automatic guns.

And it is sad to say, but the NRA (Not Responsible Americans) are loving it...

A couple of gun shops have announced that since the last mass shooting in Connecticut they have had their largest grossing sales days ever. Congratulations. Too bad mental health professionals can't say that since the last shooting they are getting more patients than ever.

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It is an exclusive club, but one that is growing quickly, unfortunately. And I am sad to say that I am a part of that club. I was involved in a work-related shooting that took the life of one and seriously wounded another. I was the first person on the scene and heard the incident go down. The perpetrator suffered from a history of mental illness, yet he was able to go and legally purchase a gun and use it when he became angry.

A few things need to change in this country. It should not be as easy as going on Craigslist to purchase a semi-automatic weapon. It should take a hell of a lot longer than 15 minutes to do a "background check" at the gun store to get your assault rifle. I should not be able to go to a gun show and purchase a gun as a "personal sale" with no background check whatsoever. I should not be able to go online and buy tactical gear meant for military personnel or SWAT units.

Too bad too many of our politicians are bought and paid for by the all too powerful NRA, who is salivating at yet another mass shooting of innocent victims in America. Screw the NRA. They are not innocent in this. And the politicians who are beholden to the NRA are cowards. And the perpetrators who committed these atrocities were enabled by both.

If you have ever held a dead or wounded friend or co-worker in your arms and checked them for a pulse or tried to stop the bleeding because they were a victim of gun violence, maybe you would feel the same, but let me tell you - Belonging to this exclusive club is NOT something you want to be a part of, because memberships are for life, there are NO benefits and the scars run deep, but nobody can see them.

But YES, the membership is bought and paid for by the NRA and politicians like Paul Ryan, who has an "A" rating by the NRA, Voted YES on prohibiting suing gun-makers & sellers for gun misuse, Voted YES on decreasing gun waiting periods from three days to one, and is AGAINST banning assault weapons.

Don't be a coward, be a hero. If you own a gun, especially a semi-automatic weapon, hand it in to the local police - They are the only ones who should have these killing machines in the first place. 

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Keith Schmitz December 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
No one ever said that this would be solved with one piece of legislation. But we need to keep trying. We did it with smoking, we did it with seat belts, we did it with drunk driving. It can be done with guns. There will be more Sandy Hooks and the gun opposition will only grow.
Candy Galore January 11, 2013 at 05:42 AM
say there are actually 30,000 firearm deaths in 2012, what percentage of victims are people we actually care about? I bet 2/3s of the deaths were drug dealers, gang members, robbers, rapists, murderers, kidnappers, and other people that were likely deserving of their fate. Just look at the new years day accidental shooting. A gangbanger accidentally shooting her gangbanger brother while posing for a photo with a loaded gun to his head. survival of the fittest, she should be rewarded. I am deeply saddend for the losses of all the innocent and undeserving victims. May peace be with those souls and the people that loved them.
Garden Diva January 11, 2013 at 01:26 PM
What an absolute BITCH!!! You are actually going to defend guns by comparing how many people deserve to be killed!? They are people, they could be a member of any of our families who have had mental issues such as our wonderful veterans. The second amendment will never be lost. (read the Scalia decision on a previous gun case) Our guns will not be taken away. However we can control how much money the gun manufactures, video and TV continue to make by creating this insane fear in good citizens of our country. You are all being fooled by these huge companies that are playing with your brains!
Brian Carlson January 11, 2013 at 04:18 PM
G Diva, I will stay away from the B word but I think you are quite right in reacting to the wholesale write off of the lives of human beings. Delighting in the accidental murder, however preventable or stupid the circumstances, saying a sister should be rewarded for shooting her brother, is sick, to my mind. CGalore, who uses the word "fate" should consider the pressure to join gangs in a neighborhood where the possibilities to get anywhere in life are curtailed from most angles and where violence is a daily occurrence. Those pro gun people, if they lived in these neighborhoods, would be armed, no doubt, and gangs would form at least as protection squads, and soon, the difference between their gang and the next would be negligible. Its ignorance. The companies, like Bushmaster have very subtle appeals to fear. I saw an ad from Bushmaster that read, Peace of Mind at 1500 feet (or was it yards.) If it was yards that is fifteen football fields. So we are not talking about simply defending yourself in your home when under attack.... this is an ASSAULT weapon...
Born Free January 16, 2013 at 07:17 AM
One would think the average poo-litically correct would be happy as pigs in sh(i)t with a few gun deaths after all your global environmental friendly mission is to savagely murder the preborn to save the planet. Slicing the preborn, dicing them, chemically burning them in the womb and or sucking their brains out, all of which is done even without anesthecia given to the preborn, is somehow more humane then a rusty coat hanger or a gunshot wound. You poo-litically correct pricks brutally murder 3500 preborn daily in this country without conscience but then you pound your chests like actors pretending you've actually got a conscience every time your told to do so by your facilitators and benefactors who decide for you what qaulifies as a tragety. 3500/day killed here is an awful awful lot of hate.

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