Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Elephant In The Room

Maybe it's because I work at a convenience store with firearm keychains, and also because of some of the people in my life (both digital and real), but the gun issue still hasn't really gotten dropped from my sphere of influence. Now, I figure I might as well put my attitude about artillery out there for the world to see -- address the gun-shaped elephant in the room, I guess.

A quick browse shows that this probably isn't a site I'd be interested in,
but here is the source anyway....

I don't want a gun. As far as I'm concerned, the only purpose for a gun is to hurt or kill something, and I have no desire to own one.

That being said, I also don't give a shit if you want to own one. More power to you, own a hunting rifle or handgun. My attitude, though, is that there is no need for a civilian to own a semi-automatic or fully-automatic weapon. People will bring up the Second Amendment, but the gun-crazy folks don't think about part of the problem with that: the Constitution was written in the time of muskets, bayonets, hunting knives and the like. By all means, I support your right to a musket.

When the Second Amendment was written, our war for independence was still fresh in the minds of lawmakers who had either experienced it, or had family who did. The Second Amendment was written when the weapons with which we killed each other were far less efficient.

Really, I just wanted to get that off of my chest. The rare customers that agree with me and thinks our keychains are ridiculous makes me feel a little bit better.

Do any of you want to own guns? I've got no problem with it, I'm just curious to hear other peoples' reasons why they do or don't want to own one (or more). :)


Jynn E said...

sweetheart, I have a gun in case I need to protect our daughter, I'd rather not need a gun. But if someone is dumb enough to break into my home, you can bet I'll be in front of our babies room ready to protect her. oh yeah. Love you.

Justin Barlow said...

@Jynn -- I know you do, love. And I don't blame you, but I look forward to the day when we don't feel like one is necessary. Love you too

Jessica B said...

I completely agree that no civilian needs a semi-automatic or automatic weapon. I don't have a gun, but my parents do. They only use them for hunting though, and they all have locks on them.

Matthew Horton said...

@Jessica B, Uhh all guns are semi automatic unless you go back to bolt action hunting rifles.. and Fully Automatic weapons are freaking fun!! Have you ever shot one? They rule!! Guaranteed if you do, you'll want I think this is america, and if you want to buy an automatic rifle/pistol, then good for you. It's not the guns fault that some idiots out there who shouldn't have guns in the first place get them, and do stupid shit. And no for the record I don't own any, as they are

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