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Friday, December 9th, 2016

ON GUNS

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I never seriously contemplated owning a firearm until I saw what was happening in New Orleans after Katrina. As a husband and father, I shuddered thinking about what would happen if anarchy were to reign in my neighborhood. I have only fired a gun a few times in my life and in doing so I was more nervous than excited.

But the more I read about psychopaths and think about the best way to protect my family, the more I consider registering for a FOID card.

I do not agree with the people who claim that anti-gun laws will prevent the Virginia Tech type tragedies. In fact, if criminals know they are going into a gun-free zone, doesn’t that make it all the more inviting?

Diving into the minutia of gun law is for people with much more knowledge on the subject. Though I do not own a handgun, I certainly understand the legitimate reasons for having one. And I want to be able to have one if I ever decide I need one.

Here are 2 articles from CNN with opposing viewpoints.

Ted Nugent: Gun-free zones are recipe for disaster

Tom Plate: Let’s lay down our right to bear arms

  • dhaab

    I don’t pretend to be an expert on the gun control issue. However, I don’t own a gun and have no desire to. I think the countries in the world that have strict controls on owning guns have shown that those kinds of crimes go down markedly when there are fewer guns available.

  • PV

    I think being a husband and father are the reasons [I]not[/I] to have a handgun. The likelihood of an unfortunate accident in the home is infinitely greater than anarchy breaking out in a Leafy Suburb.

    That being said, I would agree Virginia’s gun laws in this situation are a symptom at most, and not the disease. While I understand the desire to point fingers and find rational causes in the wake of these tragedies, there is nothing that can be done in a free society to prevent an insane person from a killing spree. I wish the gun laws were different, because it might reduce some of the day-to-day violence – the irony is that it’s huge tragedies that bring attention to the laws, but it’s the huge tragedies that would happen anyway. That guy woulda found the guns somewhere – he was patient and methodical and determined. Sadly.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Leafy suburbs aren’t what they used to be. Winnetka or wherever–there are loonies, sex offenders, break-ins etc. Here’s guessing the people in New O. thought that the likelihood of anarchy was close to nil yet it was there and maybe still is in some parts. I ‘m not saying I will get a handgun. But I am definitely saying that I want to be able to.

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