Gun Sense: We Need It
Published Mon Jun 13, 2016 | Updated Tue Mar 5, 2019 | Posted in Impressions | By Linda Jenkinson |
Ihave kind of decided to publish new posts on Fridays, but with all that happened last weekend—the shooting of Christina Grimmie and the shootings in Orlando—I just didn't want to wait because I care about the high incidence of gun violence in the U.S.
I was shocked on Saturday morning to find out that Wednesday through Friday of the week there had been 303 gun related incidents in the U.S. including the shooting of Christina Grimmie. Then Saturday night… Orlando. Devastating news.
When is enough, enough?
We keep saying "never again" until the next time. Legislators send their good thoughts and prayers to the victims' families, but they do nothing.
The second amendment says:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
That's all it says. A pro boxer's hands are considered weapons but no one wants to deprive a boxer of them. A baseball bat can be a weapon and if you ever watched the old monster movies, shovels and rakes and hoes can be armaments.
David Cohen of Rollingstone magazine thinks the Second Amendment should be repealed. I was leaning in that direction, but I am not any longer. The second amendment doesn't need appealing. It needs to be revised and put into more specific terms of what is appropriate and what is not. The right to bear arms is ambiguous.
It's common knowledge that you can't walk around with a rocket launcher on your shoulder. You also can't drive on the city streets in a tank with a gun turret. The amendment doesn't address that, but it is just common sense. You can't build and keep a nuclear missile in your basement. Common Sense.
I'm not a pro-gun person but I'm not an anti-gun person either.
I grew up in Southern Minnesota where the last remnant of the Big Woods is, Nerstrand State Park. Every winter the state DNR set out bales of hay for the deer so they wouldn't starve. Deer are pretty prolific breeders. Deer hunting keeps the herds down and also keeps the deer from starving in the winter. The same is for moose, elk, geese, ducks, pheasants and other animals. I don't hunt. I don't want to hunt, but I do understand why it is necessary.
People are hunter-gatherers by nature. It's part of who we are. Some hunt, some fish, some bow-hunt, some curb their predatory instincts by target shooting. Better that then preying on other people. I'm more of a gatherer than a hunter. Although I swat my share of mosquitoes and flies and unconsciously step on ants and other little bugs that live in the grass, I like watching living things grow too much to purposely kill them. It's not for hunters to question my choice and not up to me to question theirs.
We Need Common Sense Gun Laws
We need to hunt up and gather some gun sense.
We need laws that will keep hunters, hobbyists, and collectors happy but limit access to guns for criminals and the mentally ill. There will need to be some compromise on both ends: the anti-gun lobby and the pro-gun lobby, but I think we can all agree that there is no pro murder, accidental death, maim lobby and we don't want one. Neither do we want any more Orlandos, Auroras, Columbines, Virginia Techs, or Newtowns. Enough is enough.
Compromise is how we get things done in this country. You can't please all the people all the time, but you sure as hell can come close if both sides are willing to sit down and work out their differences. That seems to be something our Congress has forgotten. Let us, we the people, not forget it.