All tragedies, all involving guns.
All resulting in overreaction, politics, and idiots on both sides up in arms.
"Ban all the guns."
"Think of the children..."
"...hell, give them guns too..."
No matter what side you're on, you are probably sick and tired of the overreaction of people on news stations and in social media. The definition of an 'assault rifle' varies from person to person, as well as the opinion of whether we need them or not.
My take on it? I'm a firm believer of the 2nd amendment. I know about gun safety, I know how to clean and maintain a firearm, and I educated myself thoroughly before ever touching a gun. I was not allowed to drive until I learned how to 'do it right' and passed multiple tests, and I treated a firearm with the same respect I did a car.
Could I own a car without a license? You bet. But I couldn't drive it until I proved that I knew how.
I think this should be the case with firearms as well. Sure, there are statistics that prove automobiles are more deadly than guns, but more people die in 'accidents' with cars than in 'accidents' with guns. Most gun-related deaths are intentional, and are often due to people who shouldn't have them in the first place (criminals, idiots, etc.).
I believe it is my right as an American Citizen to own a gun if I choose to. However, it is my responsibility to know how to use it properly. It is my responsibility to not use the gun unless absolutely necessary. I believe that gun owners should be able to prove they know how to be responsible, just like drivers need to pass tests in order to operate a vehicle.
Gun safety courses should be as mandatory as driver's education, whether you consider one to be a 'right' and the other a 'privilege' or not. Not only for your own safety, but for the safety of others around you.
|A popular sign in Idaho, unfortunately....|
(Hell, a lot of these rules also apply to parenting. If you don't know how to take care of a child or can't afford one, you shouldn't be having children, but that's another argument for another time...)
Comic book quote here, but "with great power comes great responsibility." There are a lot of smart, responsible gun owners out there, and I don't want to infringe on them at all. But it's the criminals... the idiots... and the irresponsible that I fear. A few drops of oil can ruin a gallon of water, and while 99% (ish, maybe) of guns aren't used in crimes, we make laws to protect 100% of the nation.
The idiots on the right are making gun owners look rash and uncontrollable. The idiots on the left are making gun laws look oppressing and absolute. No matter what side of the debate you're on, can we talk about this in a civil way?
Don't be an idiot. Just like you should think before you shoot, thinking before you react (or overreact) is just as important.