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A Conversation With an “Assault Rifle” Hater

December 17, 2012

“Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.”

I hijacked a friends Facebook post tonight (I’m good at that) involving someone saying there is no need for so-called “assault rifles”. It went something like this…

Post: If you’re anti-gun, and more specifically… if think, Semi-Automatic “Assault-Rifles” should be banned; because well… our country can no longer stand to have another mass shooting by someone who is “mentally unstable”.
Then I would also challenge you speak up and have CAMERAS banned as well!

Every year thousands of children are victims of Child Pornography, yet we don’t call for a ban on cameras? After all, it’s not the camera “shooting” the child; it’s the mentally sick person.

Please! I ask each of you to put some serious thought toward what the real problems are before you simply just of the bandwagon for more gun control!

GUNS ARE NOT THE PROBLEM… PEOPLE ARE THE PROBLEM!

Commentor: Interesting point, there are many very positive uses for cameras. Can you give me an example of a positive reason that anyone should own a semi automatic assault rifle? Not guns generally, but specifically this type of gun? Agreeing to disagree with you.

Me:  You want someone like me and my rifle to be between you and someone with violent intentions. That is the best reason.

Commentor: But does it have to be a semi automatic assault rifle to offer the protection you are speaking of? I feel like my point is being lost.

Me: It absolutely must be the best, most capable tool available. Is your life not worth that?

Your point is not lost. Would you purchase a car with inferior safety systems? Or maybe a house with flimsy door locks? Would you enter a NASCAR race with a Prius? I want the best.

This isn’t simply an argument about “need” either. No one needs nice, fancy, name brand clothes. They only need clothes. People simply need basic nutrition, not gourmet food. A small shed is plenty for shelter from the weather, yet we have large houses. We don’t need 220 TV channels. We can’t even watch them all, yet we have them. Most cars can go twice the speed limit, we don’t need that. We don’t need leather, navigation, butt warmers or any other cool stuff. We don’t even need cars. Think what the national obesity rate would be if everyone walked.

A person who is hellbent on killing people will use whatever tools they can get their hands on. Timothy McVeigh used 5000 lbs of fertilizer to kill 168 people, including 19 children at a daycare in Oklahoma City. A few gallons of gasoline and a match has the potential to bring a considerable death toll if used in the right place.

Some people are dark to their core. There is no law that can be passed to prevent them from committing horrendous acts if they are intent on doing them. We, the law abiding, good natured citizens are the ones who get penalized by reactionary laws. And it is our job to be vigilant and be able to intercept the bad ones when they try to do others harm. When the wolves come, don’t be the sheep, be the guard dog.

“Remember, when seconds count, the police are just minutes away.”

Commentor: You are correct that there will always be people out there that commit horrendous crimes. I feel like our society makes it easier by making these powerful weapons so available. I guess we agree to disagree. You feel safer having these types of guns, I feel it causes potential for danger.

Me: When these types of guns are banned, ones that are not banned will be used in their place. Then you will want to ban them also. So let’s talk facts, not feelings, real, indisputable facts from the FBI Uniform Crime Data. According to their data for 2011, 323 people were murdered with rifles. 728 people were murdered with fists and feet. 1694 were stabbed. More people were murdered with a club or hammer, 496, than with rifles. Murder rates have been steadily going down. You are basing your judgment on perception and emotion, nothing more.

A potential for danger? I guess you should stay away from ladders (24,972 people died from falls) and swimming pools (3,517 people accidentally drown). You have the potential to die while using them. I wouldn’t drive either (36,219 died in motor vehicle accidents). And do not drink alcohol (24,518 people died from consuming too much). These stats are courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

I will not “agree to disagree”.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” John Adams

Commentor: Again lets agree to disagree. I will never agree or understand why anyone should own semi automatic assault rifles…..you could write a novel and you won’t change my thinking on this. I respect your opinion though.

 

I hate to call this person closed minded, but if the shoe fits…

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Trapper Todd permalink
    December 17, 2012 9:32 pm

    Not a shoe, but rather a Glass Slipper. Opinions are feelings based, not Fact based!!

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