Nov 14, 2008

Quick draw

According to many news reports gun savy Americans are buying up firearms at alarming rates due to fear that the new President may issue bans on such weapons. Even in a town as liberal as the one I reside in are seeing record number of sales.

This paranoia seems to be generated by the NRA (surprise) and others of the same ilk. While it may be true that the long expired guidelines set under the Brady Bill will come back into effect I doubt much else will be done considering it was hardly mentioned in his campaign and Obama has far more pressing matters to deal with.

I've made my opinions about gun ownership and it's place in the bill of rights clear numerous times, but I find the paranoia on both sides of the issue kind of amusing. Those who own guns for reasons other than sport are living in constant fear of a criminal or their government doing them or their loved ones harm. People who are pro-gun control are hiding under their beds wondering if some trigger happy redneck will shoot up their local church of retail.

Some of these fears are well founded and I can't blame them too much. I can understand the philosophy of wanting to live under the safety of tyranny than the dangers of freedom. Maybe if I had a family my opinion may change on the Second Amendment. Still I believe if there comes a time where the constitution is amended to ban all firearm sales I will accept it as the process allows.

Would I like to see a world without guns? Sure I would. I would also like to see a world without American Idol, Larry the Cable Guy, and SUVs. I'd also be happy if random girls with the body of Scarlett Johansson would give me spontaneous lap dances.

This culture of fear that sweeps our nation on both sides is disturbing. Wait.......I live in fear of the fearful? I'm such a hypocrite. I should really stop posting about issues I'm ignorant about. Sucks being a dumb fat bastard.

"If you can't protect yourself with talk, you won't be alive to protect yourself with guns." - Arthur Boyd


Kelli said...

I don't think it's the rednecks people are afraid of ... it's the druggies and gang members. I own a small arsenal of weaponry. I have no fear that someone will harm me or my son. I just love my right to own them. That's why I live in America, not Europe.

Oh, and a redneck would never shoot up a church. Didn't you hear that all "country" folk blindly follow religion because they are ignorant and can't form their own opinions?

Alyssa said...

I am all for having guns to go hunting if you're into that sort of thing...

I have a gun myself.. somewhere..?

My dad made a point of giving it to me so that I can "take care of myself" if someone were to break into my house. If I caught someone breaking into my house the last thing I would be able to do (or think clearly enough to do) is find the gun, take it out of the case, load it with my non-existent bullets, focus on the burglar and then shoot.

I would have better luck beating him over the head with a pair of my high heels.

Big Ben said...

I wish we lived in a world where people were not so scared of criminals and whoever else that they needed to go out and buy semi-automatic guns just in case they are no longer available because of Obama. How many of the sales are because rednecks think the "blacks" and/or Muslims will rise up under Obama's lead?

j.sizzle said...

I have a body better than Scarlett. It's just not airbrushed or made up...

And I'm on the same page as you, Alyssa. I'd throw knives or shoes before I could ever pick up a gun, accurately aim and discharge it in a crisis situation.

My feeling is that most people, including most gun owners, will not have time or coordination to react in a crisis... whether they admit to it or not...