Skip to comments.A gun owner responds to Sandy Hook
Posted on 12/18/2012 7:57:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
Hi, Im Edwin, and I own firearms!
Right now, in the shadow of the horrors of the Sandy Hook shooting, it feels as if every gun-owner is on edge. Some are apologizing, distancing themselves from gun advocacy groups. Some are saying all the right words, well, my target gun is locked in a safe. Like telling your Baptist Preacher grandpa, my whisky is in a cabinet and is only for medicinal purposes, of course. Some are saying, well, I like guns, but nobody needs automatic guns that can be sprayed across a room.
The thing is, we didnt want to talk about this. We wanted to let people grieve, to try and find solutions to unpredictable events. The gun control crowd politicized this first. They launched into the predictable tirades against the very people who, after all, didnt commit the crime. So weve responded.
The arguments and tirades go on and on. But heres the salient point. I didnt do it. I hate that it happened. I grieve for lost children and teachers, for hurting family members. But I didnt do it. My guns didnt do it. My friends didnt do it, and neither did their guns.
I have my guns in a safe. But they dont stay there all the time. I have nothing that qualifies in the minds of most progressives as an assault weapon, but if I could afford one I would. Theyre interesting, and enjoyable to shoot. I have had friends who owned them, and I still do. I knew people with fully automatic weapons; none of them killed anyone. They were lawful, contributing citizens. Several were physicians.
So what I want to know is this: what do you want us to do? For those of you uninitiated into firearms, you dont just walk into a store, pick one up and leave. Theres paperwork, ID to show (it isnt like voting, after all). Theres either a background check or presentation of a concealed weapons permit in states, like mine, where they are available.
But what about those machine guns? To belabor a point that should already be well understood by all, fully automatic weapons are not legal without further permits. (You pull the trigger and it fires until empty.) And they havent been since 1934. Semi-automatic weapons (one round per trigger pull) are very common among various styles and purposes of rifles, pistols and shotguns. And in fact, semi-automatic handguns may be safer to keep around than revolvers. I know, too much detail, scary guns, etc. But a semi-automatic handgun can have a magazine of ammunition loaded in it, without a round in the chamber to fire. Whereas a loaded revolver will fire whenever the trigger is pulled. Of course, both are perfectly safe when treated safely and owned by lawful, responsible and trained individuals.
So which thing do we need to limit? Which part of the process do we need to tighten? If you want to expand psychiatric background checks, I can get on board with that. Depends, of course, on how you define mental illness. If the desire for a gun is a sign of mental illness, weve made no progress. But if you mean a history of suicidal or homicidal behavior or commitment for such, fair enough.
And if you say, we need more mental health care, Ill say Amen. You send me some more psychiatrists and Ill forward to them all the patients that they can bear. There just arent many of them around. Furthermore, their work is frustrating, often thankless and populated with patients who are mentally ill, as well as with those who want mental illness rather than actually having it. Its hard to care for the sick while sifting through the lot.
So let me be clear. I have a concealed weapons permit. It took a background check, fingerprinting, a class and a test. I have a gun safe. I have taken extra training in the effective use of my weapon.
What would you like me to do differently? What would you like to take from me? If I threw open the safe and said, come take what you want to make society safer, what would you take? Would the world be better?
The thing is, Im representative of the vast majority of Americas gun owners. Like it or not, were a boring, law-abiding bunch.
Of course, those are the ones its easiest to regulate, I suppose.
Even when it doesnt help.
Edwin Leap is an emergency physician who blogs at edwinleap.com and is the author of The Practice Test.
Lanza could have mowed down 20 kids in his car.
We had better ban cars.
What they want to do is take your guns and repeal your right to bear arms.
Whether or not it helps is not relevant.
“We had better ban cars.”
Yep, since drunks kill 10,000 people per year.
Ban booze too!
Rightfully so. I keep my two wheel drive cars safely stored for the winter also. But I carry a semi auto handgun or have one close at hand at all times.
So veryy true. Gun control laws are not about guns. They are about control.
I will have four or five spare mags for my Mini 14 by week’s end.
ban illegal aliens since they kill about 12 people per day. this isn’t abiut guns, it’s about power. period.
It’s time to wake up and smell the tyranny.
It’s all around us.
We have no representatives at all outside of ourselves, and they are coming for our power to represent ourselves right now.
Ditto. There is a loaded Glock on the desk in front of me between the keyboard and monitor. (amazingly I haven't shot the computer - yet) There's a loaded Mossberg upstairs as well as the latest addition to the family, a loaded 5.56mm AR.
Given the rampant and misplaced anti-gun sentiments right now - and in particular because of obama's penchant for dictatorial use of Executive Orders - I have additional 30 round magazines and ammo on order.
I will celebrate and defend my rights and freedoms, the ignorant hand-wringers be damned. Gun control doesn't work and "gun free" zones aren't. Long past time we stopped such foolishness, stopped creating pools of defenseless potential victims for the evil and insane to prey upon.
As will I. No EO by some halfwit usurper or his minions will stop me.
Never let a good crisis go to waste or something to that effect was the ballerina’s contribution.
Thing is, our stalwart representatives, the fearless republicans, are not going to stand up for our rights and are utterly incapable of standing up for our rights. They are going to go right along with this.
We, those who did nothing at all, are about to be tossed under the boss.
Um, they did that in the 1930s - it was called Prohibition. Want to know how that worked out? The criminals (a.k.a. the mafia, or mob) ran the liquor industry and made millions. The law abiding citizens obeyed the law. This is exactly how gun control will work too. Oh yeah, they repealed prohibition - it just didn’t work.
Gun prohibition would work even more poorly - guns are much more durable than booze.
Did I really need the /s tag?
Approximately 3000 were killed on 9/11. I guess airplanes should also be banned. And, let’s not forget explosives, knives, gasoline, lighters, and whatever else tickles the liberal’s fantasies.
We can’t legislate evil out of existence. Hah, try telling that to a knee-jerk liberal. They believe they can control every situation in life. IN other words, they like to play God.
This country can never think about giving up any gun rights. Millions have gone to war and died for our rights. It is a shame that 20 kids died but it a personal matter not a national issue. Our country's fabric and determination is so weak I wonder how we would deal with a real tragedy, like a nuclear strike, famine , or a war within our own borders.