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Fear that access to their precious guns could become limited has apparently provoked a huge spike in gun sales since Obama took office.  http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/obama/1534373,CST-NWS-gunsales20.article.  Just what we need– a lot of fearful, paranoid people with guns readily available… 

I live for people who say “Guns don’t Kill people, People kill People.”  guncontrol1Actually, it would be a lot harder to kill someone if so many didn’t have access to a gun.  Just go find the statistics on homicides resulting from a gunshot versus a beating, stabbing, or strangulation.  I have a degree in criminal justice, I can tell you that the numbers aren’t pretty.  So yes, crazy people with guns kill people.  Now that I’d get that on a bumper sticker. 

I realize that many law abiding people own guns that they do not commit crimes with; they simply enjoy their right to bear arms.  But come on people, do you really think this is what our founding fathers had in mind?  The Bill of Rights was drafted in a far different time than 2009– are any of your elected officials wearing powdered wigs??  No, so why should you still have the right to bear arms?  The Bill of Rights basically defines the judicial process– what does this have to do with guns and gun control now?  Different time, different values, different problems. 

Guns scare me, but more than that, people adamantly in support of them guncatscare me.  What does someone need a gun for?  A rifle for hunting, ok fine that may make sense.  A handgun?  Um, no.  “Well I have the right to protect my home and property!” they say.  Yeah… it’s called ADT broseph. 

Reading the above referenced Sun-Times article on the 10th anniversary of Columbine made it all the more compelling.  If those kids hadn’t had access to guns, students and teachers would still be alive.  Their pipe bombs failed, so they resorted to storming the school and shooting it up as a Plan B.  This is obviously an extreme example, but unfortunately, also a very relevant one given the shootings that are still taking place today in schools, stores, and churches.  And, if you’re living in Chicago:  how many CPS students have been shot dead this year??

I have never heard “having a gun saved my life” or “thank god I was packing heat.”  Until I hear a good, logical reason for owning a gun, I will continue to be extremely anti-gun.  To be clear though, I am also extremely anti-Michael Moore so don’t assume I have been brainwashed by that slob!

Things I Live For: Porch-sitting, Cubs curtain calls, being a cookie monster

Quote of the Day:  Jeremy Grey: I feel totally ridiculous. Like why do I have to be in camouflage? So the big bad quail doesn’t see me?
John Beckwith: I know. Why can’t we hunt something cool like a hawk or an eagle, something with some talons?
Jeremy Grey:That’d be awesome. We could get something like big game. Even like a gorilla or a rhinoceros or a fucking human being! That’ll get you jacked up.
John Beckwith: That’s a little heavy.
Jeremy Grey: I mean like, hunt a human being right now, “Most Dangerous Game”. Like a worthy adversary. Not a human being that’s armed, but a clever, a clever, human being who knows the jungle. Or the woods. —Wedding Crashers

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  1. Stantly on 2009.04.22

    i cant wait for our intellectual convo’s on monday – this will be a good one!
    (come on, we have to at least have one)

  2. Es on 2009.04.22

    Haha Oh, we will have MANY! I knew my dear Michigan (Militia?! haha!) friend would have some thoughts on this!!

  3. Evan on 2009.04.22

    This posting IS my “Pet Peeve”

  4. Es on 2009.04.22

    Oh Goobs, Of course a man of the military disagrees! That is certainly to be expected…

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