I'm disgusted. At gun shops across Oregon, the response to the Connecticut Children's Massacre is to go out and buy guns. Guns for 'protection' and guns because they are afraid that this slaughter of innocents may finally wake this country up to the problem of our pathological reverence for the gun. That this is the response of my countrymen is beyond appalling. Unlike all who will no doubt object, I have treated the broken bodies of children wounded by bullets. I know the effects both short term and long. My message to those out buying up the guns - you obviously love guns more than children.
So here's my challenge to the believers out there who oppose abortion and end of life autonomy - care about innocent lives as much as you do the fetus. Make it harder for deranged souls or complete losers to go out in a blaze of gunfire that catches the innocent in the crossfire. Stop the inane commentary about guns not killing people.
Here are some thoughts -
1: Screw the 2nd Amendment. It's an amendment after all - repeal it. (admittedly a hard road). The founders never intended civilians having more firepower than the military. The only freedom we will give up is the freedom to slaughter large numbers or get some idiotic macho jollies by firing one of these things.
2: Ban military style weapons in civilian hands. If you want to fire an assault rifle, go out and enlist in the army, reserves or the Guard. Assault rifles aren't varmint guns or legitimate hunting weapons, they are designed to kill humans, period. Or buy a video game. That way you can sit on your fat behind at home and leave the rest of us in peace.
3: Ban semiautomatic handguns to civilians. If personal protection is your goal, a revolver is safer, more reliable, and plenty. If you can't hit something with 6 shots then we don't want you spraying an additional 9 in the air for us to duck. From what I know, it's not likely to save you but, if you need an adult pacifier, it's better than a high capacity semiauto.
4: Ban antipersonnel rounds other than standard hollow points. If it's against the Geneva Convention it should be illegal against your fellow countrymen.
5: Make gun manufacturers subject to the same liability laws as the rest of industry.
6: Put some teeth into background checks and waiting periods. Limit carry permits to those under legitimate threat or with extensive background checks and training.
Would this end private ownership of guns? No. If you are a true hunter or sports person you would still have access to hunting weapons like shotguns, bolt action rifles, and black powder firearms. If you are deluded enough to insist on a handgun for protection, the revolver should suffice. (a 12 guage with a Deerslayer is a better home defense option in any case.) If you want something else then you are a potential threat. Grow up and get a more productive hobby. If you find yourself getting off on the thrill of shooting, consider counselling.
Ok, you defenders of life. Prove that it isn't all rhetoric. Put the brakes on this violence. Care about the living as much as the yet unborn. And spare us the NRA bullshit, because we aren't buying it.