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Angry thoughts about guns

Guns don’t kill people – people kill people.

If there’s any more tired and trite statement than that, I don’t know what it is.

Certainly, if a person is determined to kill, they will do it no matter what weapon they may have at hand. But can’t gun activists understand that a gun makes it a heck of a lot easier for that person to kill many people at one time, very efficiently and with great ease?

Imagine Tucson, AZ yesterday if there had been no gun in the story. How many people would have been killed or injured by some other weapon before the killer was subdued?

I unequivocally hate guns, and I hate equally the gun “laws” that make it possible for unbalanced people to easily obtain these weapons of mass destruction.

And I really don’t care if you disagree with me.

Thoughts, prayers and tears for the victims and families of yesterday’s tragedy.

RIP
Christina Green, 9
Dorothy Morris, 76
John Roll, 63
Phyllis Schneck, 79
Dorwan Stoddard, 76
Gabriel Zimmerman, 30

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Elaine January 10, 2011

    I agree with you. They should make it a lot harder to get a gun in any country. Wait times should be at least a month, psych evaluations at the buyer's expense from valid psychiatrists before the purchase and annually, doctors should save to report any medications that the buyer might go on that alters their state of mind, etc. Also, mandator courses should be completed before being allowed to get a gun.

    People seem to go through more trouble getting a car than they do a gun. There are people that do need guns other than police, but there should be some mechanisms put in place that you can't legally get a gun unless you're safe with it.

    It's harder to get a gun in Canada than the US however I think there is room for improvement here too. The gun registry was a load of hooey and a waste of money, but there are courses, etc. We still need to incorporate psych evaluations and medication reporting. If you go for an eye exam when you don't wear glasses and find out that you now need them, the eye doctor does indeed report that to the license bureau. It just makes sense to have something similar so if Joe Blow goes on some medication that can cause depression, etc, he can't get a gun or has to give it up until he's off the meds.

  • Elaine January 10, 2011

    Woops, "should have to report" not "save to report"

    "madatory" not "mandator"

    🙂

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