I did two tours in Nam. One combat, one non-combat. I served on two carriers (USS Oriskany, USS Roosevelt). I also served some time in Subic Bay and Oahu. I had a close friend of mine take his own life in Oahu in the barracks. In Olongapo, I served MP duty once a month. We would roll up on shootings all the time off the main drag. It wasn't pretty. I've seen what guns can do - and I'm still a firm believer that if you really know what you're doing with a gun, you don't need but one shot. Handguns were made for killing - people. Not bears, deer or elk. That being said - I'm all for preserving the 2nd Ammendment. The only way to appease both sides to to tax the sh*t out of firearms and ammunition. People will pay the premium just to say they have a gun. They will also take better care of their guns, ensuring theft goes down - ultimately reducing the guns making their way into crimal hands. The money raised from the hefty taxation could be used for a miriad of things from reducing the deficit to providing cops in our schools.<quoted text>
LOL I just seen a chance to give you sh!t lol. You seem to a good amount of grey matter between your ears, please humor me and tell me what lead to your overwhelming dislike of firearms?
I am genuinely curious as to how you came to your views on this issue, as I personally cannot see logic in your views on this gun control.
I cant find a reason to think your any less patriotic so far, than the average American is. So I am having trouble understanding what would lead you to start finding our basic right to bear arms appalling.
The average firearm owner is not the radical (sometimes mentally ill) individuals that have made the headlines for the despicable crimes on humanity. Those type of people see the firearm as a weapon in which to inflict or install what they see as justice or logical acts of violence.
Their are more deaths by accidental falls per year than their is from guns, dont believe me...
Where you live has a good deal to do with how you will die. In the United States, the top two causes of death are responsible for more than 50 percent of the annual death toll. In the world at large, there's a lot more variety in how you meet your Maker. Here is our list of the 15 most common causes of death in the United States:
Percent of Total
1. Diseases of the heart 28.5
2. Malignant tumors 22.8
3. Cerebrovascular diseases 6.7
4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.1
5. Accidents (unintentional injuries) 4.4
6. Diabetes mellitus 3.0
7. Influenza and pneumonia 2.7
8. Alzheimer's disease 2.4
9. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 1.7
10. Septicemia (blood poisoning) 1.4
11. Suicide 1.3
12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 1.1
13. Primary hypertension and hypertensive renal disease 0.8
14. Parkinson's disease (tied) 0.7
15. Homicide (tied) 0.7
Source: CDC/NHS, National Vital Statistics System
I own guns - I have my service .45 field-stripped and dipped in Cosmoline. I also own a .50 cal Desert Eagle (I inherited from my uncle)- for which I only have 3 rounds left (talk about your expensive reloads!!!). I do not carry either one and do not have either one near the ammunition (my ammo box is actually at my brother's house, 25 miles away). I don't live in fear, so I don't need a gun to feel I'm safe. 8 years in the service taught me to pay a little more attention to my surroundings and always have an out.
That being said, thank you for your service - but Navy rules.