So have they started the "War on Christmas" now and this is just making sure they have enough fire power? Via.
On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a MAC 9 fully automatic submachinegun... on the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me... 5 armor piercing full metal jacket incendiary roundddds
Oh no, Ken, don't misunderstand me. I do not have a low opinion of gun owners at all. Shooting sports or hunting, even carrying a weapon for protection, I understand that and I don't mean to disparage people who have those types of weapons and I do apologize if that's the way it came across. I don't think people should have - I don't know what they're called but I'm thinking of the ones that shoot a gazillion bullets a minute, people don't need one of those things and they sure don't need multiple guns like that. When I say armed to the teeth, I'm talking about the people who have more weapons on hand than some small countries. I'm exaggerating, but hopefully you know what I mean. I will say though that I certainly do not support having guns around children when they go to see Santa Claus, I don't care if they're not loaded.
The picture accompanying this article frightens me more than you can imagine.
And believe me, my stance on this issue is not because of ideology. I have tried very hard to see this issue differently but while I can support people who use their weapons in the manner you've mentioned, I can't go beyond that. That said, it doesn't mean I don't respect you or your right to exercise your rights.
While I respect and understand your view I have to tell you that your view to "responsibility" is patently incorrect.
I and every responsible gun owner can tell you that we go out of our way to not just minimize "accidents" we go out of our way to eliminate them. responsible gun ownership means you have to be prepared to do everything right 100% of the time. That is what we do be it safes, gun locks, control of every firearm and all ammunition, etc.
Do accidents happen? Of course they do but I submit to you that the person who owned that firearm was anything but responsible.
As to "arming to the teeth" this to me is a loaded phrase that has more to do with ideology than reality. Take me for instance, I own 24 guns. Does that seem armed to the teeth to you.
Before you answer let me explain a few things. Five of the guns I own are for competitive shooting and nothing else, 4 are long guns (rifles or shotguns) used for hunting only (yes, I eat what I kill), there are 3 different .45ACPs (which I carry is dependent on what I am wearing - concealed carry), 4 are lower caliber weapons that have the same manual of arms as a larger firearm in my possession (cheaper to practice with), 5 are revolvers of various calibers and the rest are semi-automatic pistols that I happen to fancy. The point is while it is fashionable to assume all gun owners want more and more guns most of us purchase what we need and KNOW we will use.
All of that aside, I can't state with any certainty what the Founders wanted but I do know that it is not only my right but my responsibility to see to my safety and the safety of my family.
I am truly heartsick that you suffered a tragedy when you were young, I truly am. I am also sorry that the carelessness of someone caused you to have such a low opinion of us gun owners.
P.S. To lighten the mood: When people ask me why I carry a gun my answer is always "Because a cop is to damn heavy"
I really hate guns. I really, really do. While I support a person's right to own a gun, I do not think introducing them to little children is a good idea, nor do I think the Founding Fathers meant for Americans to arm themselves to the teeth. A very bad and traumatic thing happened when I was younger and it's made me realize that even "responsible" gun-owners can't stop accidents from happening and sometimes those accidents end up hurting the ones they love the most.