Hobbies matter, dead kids not so much
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Since: Jan 13
Camden County, GA
#1 May 9, 2013
Hobbies matter, dead kids not so much, is how it seems to be these days.
Which one of these stories will make intelligent, honest citizens stand up and demand better and stronger gun safety laws and regulations in our country?
The 6-year old who shot dead a 4-year old on April 10, 2013?
The 5-year old who shot dead his 2-year-old sister on May 1, 2013?
The 13-year old who shot his 6-year old sister on May 5, 2013?
Or maybe the Tampa 3-year old who shot himself dead 2-days ago on May 7, 2013?
Each of them should. But if they don't, no worry, they'll be THOUSANDS more to read and weep over in the years ahead if we fail to change our laws.
And yea, I know, I hear your whining that little gun hobbies are important and fighting off all this imaginary tyranny is hard work. I'm not buying it, that's a crock of you know what.
On the other hand, if you man or woman enough to admit we've got gun safety problems in this country, then call your Congressman (Kingston, Chambliss or Isakson) and let them know. Google has their number.
Sooner or later we'll pass some intelligent safety laws for gun control. I hope it will be sooner, rather than later. Too many citizens, young and old, are dying because of gun hobbyist.
#2 May 9, 2013
300 kids under 5 years of age drown in swimming pools each year. Ban swimming pools.
#3 May 9, 2013
Keep your hands off my hobbies! And I'll have just as many guns as I want. Then I might go out and buy some more bigger and louder ones. Ain't nothing you or the neighbors can do. Bring the kids on over why don't you?
Since: Jan 13
Camden County, GA
#4 May 9, 2013
Just so you and others are clear, I've never posted to "ban" guns as you're alluding too. The only people using that phrase are the NRA leadership. For my money the NRA is just an internal terrorist organization milking money out of gullible citizens with ridiculous scare tactics. But their real money comes from the gun industry for which they really work.
All I've been advocating here and other places is for stronger gun safety laws. Period.
There are lots of reasonable, rational ideas that will, if enacted, save lives without "infringing" on the ability to own a gun. For example, there should be a requirement for a pistol lock box for cars for those who carry a concealed weapon. You lock your gun away in a secure box bolted to the car when you enter a facility you can't carry, like the Court House, Starbucks, a hospital, church, etc.). That way your gun is not stolen and ending up in the hands of criminals while your inside. Seen a police cruiser lately? Their auxiliary weapons are locked and bolted down tight inside either in the vehicle or the trunk. That way some punk won't steal them. But for some "infringement" crazy reasons and people, lock box legislation can get passed. Stupid.
We clearly need a similar or stronger mandate for guns kept in homes with minors. Be it gun safes, solid trigger guards, removable triggers, firing rings and/or some other reasonable technology, we must fix this problem. Our kids are dying all the time.
So, yea, stronger gun safety laws are needed badly. And until they're passed, I'll keep posting to keep this issue out front and center.
PS. Read up on the 8-year old Alaskan boy who killed his 5-year old sister while playing with a .22 rifle at home. Just another needless death. http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/2013043...
PSS. Phony "Camden Vet." Do you really think you're fooling anyone by posting under my name? What you're doing is making a fool out of yourself. If you have something intelligent to say, say it - under your own name clown.
#5 May 9, 2013
What is your opinion of enhanced background checks so that felons and "nuts" cannot buy weapons at gun shows without any control?
#6 May 9, 2013
Funny, when I was growing up, in a house full of guns...a family that all owned guns...and a very gun-friendly society...that none of this seemed to happen. I wonder why?
Was it because we were raised by adults who knew what they were doing?
Nice job of using headlines that suit your agenda to take the "Pelosi High Ground". Tell me, how many people died of medical malpractice last year? I know, let's outlaw doctors!
How about we hold the owner of the gun accountable for what it does? Yes...it's a novel idea. One that is way past overdue.
By jumping on the "more gun laws" bandwagon, you are lapping at the tit of those who would love to see a disarmed nation at the beck and call of an armed government, and at the mercy of lawless, armed thugs.
There's a reason why you don't see home invasions on Dover Bluff. They know the percentage of armed homeowners up here.
I lock my door for your safety, not mine.
Since: May 13
#7 May 9, 2013
Columbine...the Amish school in PA...Aurora...Sandy Hook...
All are names that we know, and all evoke images of innocent lives lost at the hands of truly evil people. Evil people with guns.
Clearly, there is a common thread, and a common problem here.
Guns are the easy answer, and easy to blame.
But are they really the problem?
Do we blame Ford, GM, and Chrysler for the thousands of people who are killed by drunk drivers every year? What about the hundreds of teenagers who die in car crashes? Who is responsible for this senseless carnage?
The answer is simple. It's not the car, it's the driver who chose to get behind the wheel when they were drunk...the teenager who wanted to impress their passengers with high speed...or the wielder of the gun who wanted to send a message.
It's not the device; it's the nut behind it.
We don't need more gun laws; we have more on the books now than we can, or will, enforce. How about we enforce what we already have before we add more to the list?
Here's another thing: look back to Columbine, PA, Aurora, and Sandy Hook.
What would have prevented it? More laws? No...those tragedies were perpetuated by those who broke laws that were already on the books. Reactive law enforcement would not have saved a single life.
But one thing would have...
We protect the things we hold precious...with guns.
Presidents; Congress; banks; military bases; Governors; NFL stadiums; the Olympics; national landmarks.
Do schools not qualify?
Think about this, and think about it for a while: all it would have taken was one armed officer...just one...a single armed and trained individual, and we don't have Columbine, PA, Aurora, or Sandy Hook. All it would have taken it is one. Just one.
There are instances on record, many of them if you care to do a small amount of research, where a single armed person made the difference between a tragedy, and one that was averted.
If I'm the Governor, I want an armed officer, or retired cop, in every school in Georgia at 0730 tomorrow morning. They have one job, and one job only: stop the next tragedy at the door.
And if I'm a parent, I help pay that salary, gladly.
We don't need more laws; we need to enforce the ones we already have.
And we need to stop grandstanding, and get serious about protecting the things that cannot protect themselves.
That's how I see it.
#8 May 9, 2013
Here ya go Vet, this pretty well sums up the NRA / tin foil hat wearer argument:
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