The Nation and Guns 

"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.?" ~Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791  

Wouldnít it be nice if there were no guns? Wouldnít it be nice if we were all good? Wouldnít it be nice if there was no crime? Wouldnít it be nice if governments didnít oppress and murder their own people and the people of other countries? Wouldnít it be nice if we all believed the same things, believed them in the same way, or at least were tolerant of our many different ideas?

Wouldnít it be nice if there was no need for guns?

Guns are a necessary tool for self-defense, for the protection of personal property, for the preservation of freedom, because, there are a lot of really bad people in the world, there are a lot of evil governments in the world, and we as a species just canít get along. Hell, we canít get along as Americans.

I spent 24 years in the Military; I know what our military can do when given the support of the American people and when led by an enlightened government. I lived the transition from the Carter Administration to the Regan years. I have great respect for our police officers and the tough job the go to every morning. Neither, however, can respond instantaneously to a threat in my life. I must be responsible.

I own guns. I have taken it upon myself to purchase them legally, applied for and been issued the proper permit, and I have trained. This training came from my years in the military and from the much maligned National Rifle Association. Say what you want about the NRA, but they are one of the only organizations in the country that teach responsible gun ownership, use, and tactics.

We have a lot of different opinions here in America concerning guns, most of them over emotional, uneducated crap. The ultra-pro-gunners believe that any restriction or law is an infringement on their rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Ultra-anti-gun folks want to see More Laws, Less Guns, and, ultimately, no more guns in America.

I take a more moderate, common sense stance on this issue. No, we donít need more laws. The laws we have on the books right now would do the job if we had more and better paid policing, greater emphasis on the laws, tougher judges willing to enforce the law, and a war on drugs. I would like to see a licensing process for ownership and carry, much like a driverís license, that includes a demonstration of the proper knowledge and skills to possess, store, and/or carry a firearm.

The government will never be able to get rid of all the guns. Every attempted buyback program has failed. Firstly, we canít afford it. 310-million guns, times a low estimate of worth, $300, equals $93-Billion. Secondly, if we canít get the illegal guns off the street, how will they ever take the legal guns from law abiding Americans, by door to door search? That will never happen. The adage, Outlaw Guns and all Gun Owners will be Outlaws is a truism.

If you think a licensing program is out of the question because it impedes your freedom, then you just a knucklehead. If you are trained and responsible, good on you! But you have to agree that there are a LOT of stupid, irresponsible people out there, who are not taking the time to train, and they are hurting everyone elseís credibility. Hell, if we could just get some people to store their arms and ammo out of the reach of their kids, that would be a big start.

However, when it comes to the Right, I am pretty staunch. The right to gun ownership and instant access is absolute essential in a free society, for the protection of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Whenever Iím challenged on this issue, I always ask the challenger to tell me why, in their opinion, I, personally, canít have a gun. Iíve served in three conflicts to protect all of the freedoms enjoyed by our people, Iím trained, Iím law-abiding (except for the occasional speeding), Iím honorable, and Iím sensible and sane. They never have an answer.

Then I ask them, ďLetís say you and I are in a movie theater when a bad guy walks in and starts firing, or letís say, I am a teacher in your 6 year old childís classroom when a bad guy walks in and starts shooting, or letís say that right this instant, a bad guy comes in your back door, wanting to kill your husband, rape and kill you, and do who knows what to your children.  Do you want me to call the police or put two in this guys chest and one in his head?