Sat. Nov 28th, 2020

BY KATHERINE KELLY

Obama is coming for our guns? Too bad he didn’t come for them a little sooner or that family in New Mexico would probably be alive today. They were murdered by their own guns:  a mother, father and three children. They were murdered by their son, brother, 15 years of age, who might not have been able to have access to the weapons used in the crime if his family did not have them in the home. Among the weapons this boy used to slaughter his family was a semi-automatic assault rifle, being used for the purpose it was manufactured, to kill many, quickly.

You are 22 times more likely to be killed by a gun if you have one in the house. I wonder if that number goes up if there are multiple guns in the house. For this family in New Mexico, had they not succumbed to the paranoia that the arsenal will protect them from boogey men, real and imagined, they would not be among the dead bodies that comprise that statistic.

The government is coming for our guns. Obama is coming for our guns. Each and every time I hear someone say that I want to scream. Really? Do the people making such claims even think through what they are saying? Obama has done NOTHING about the massive American Family Arsenal since taking office in 2008. It’s now 2013, and the catalyst for the conversation on gun control happened to be one of the saddest days of my life, the murder of 20 children while they were at school. Too bad it took the horrific death of tiny children to give this wake up call.

Oh but the conversation is not going well. I have heard some of the craziest talk in my life about how Obama is desecrating the second amendment for putting forth some very reasonable ideas about regulation of dangerous weapons of war and high capacity magazines, none of which belong in any American’s closet. To hear the gun lobby you would think there was an all-out assault on the second amendment instead of common sense regulation.

To my friends who believe that the government is coming for our guns, I just have to say, really? How in the world do they think that would happen? Door to door? We don’t even have enough police to keep our streets safe, so I think the lack of manpower rather ditches that scenario. Obama has not made one single move to do anything about guns in this country, so guess what folks? The gun lobby (aka NRA) is the one spreading that unfounded and completely ridiculous rumor in order to make happen what exactly did happen: a run on guns. The gun manufacturers are hip deep in complicity. You’ve been lied to, you’ve been duped. Some people made lots of money on your paranoia, and now you’re 22 times more likely to be killed by one of those guns you bought.

The Republican Party is hugely responsible for the fear mongering campaign to excite the gun toting paranoid nuts in our society. In an email sent to his “base,” Mitch McConnell  makes the claim: “They’re coming for your guns.” That’s the biggest stretch of political baloney I’ve ever heard. They managed to take a few reasonable regulations and turn into an all-out gun-snatching theory. For the record, Obama is not coming for our guns. If you’re paranoid enough to think that then maybe a mental health evaluation is in order. Then you would be on the list of people that should probably not have guns. I would sleep better at night knowing crazy paranoid people didn’t have an arsenal hiding in the closet or under the bed.

Take a peek at what the gun lobby is claiming to constitute Obama “coming for your guns.”

  1. Making background checks universal.
  2. Improving state reporting of criminals and the mentally ill.
  3. Banning assault weapons.
  4. Capping magazine clip capacity at 10 rounds.
  5. Purging armor-piercing bullets (aka Cop killers)
  6. Funding for more police officers.

I see nothing in that list about coming for our guns. What I see is sensible first steps to get a handle on a uniquely American problem: an over-armed populace. Regulation is not abolition, and no “right” is absolute. The first amendment, the right to free speech, has restrictions. You can’t yell “fire!” in a crowded theater, for example. Our cars are more regulated than guns are. No one is trying to stop us from owning guns. The idea is protect us from nuts with an attitude who take out their grievances on crowds of innocent people.

Seriously, why does anyone need an assault weapon? The only purposed for their existence is to kill large numbers of people very quickly. The Supreme Court ruled in D.C. v. Heller that bans on handgun ownership were unconstitutional, so no one is coming for our guns. You can have all the handguns you want, let’s just keep the military assault rifles where they belong, with the military. We need to have a reasonable conversation about gun control, but the fear mongering needs to be left out of the conversation.

 

3 thoughts on “OPINION PIECE – GUN CONTROL”
  1. Katherine Kelly,

    I presume by your letter that you don’t own any firearms. I would presume that you are pro choice. I would presume that you are a democrat.
    If my presumptions are true, then you would like to see guns banned, while the murder of innocent babies goes on unchecked.

    I despise the hypocrisy of democrats claiming that gun control is necessary to save our children, while 55 million abortions have been performed in the past 40 years. A baby can survive outside the mother’s womb at the age of 24 weeks. Yet Obama, Cuomo and Jarret, and the so-called touchy feely liberals would allow unfettered abortion past that point. If they cared an iota about children’s lives, they would outlaw abortion after the first trimester today.

    Many more children are killed in car accidents each year than with firearms. No one is proposing banning cars. More children die in a bathtub than are killed with firearms. No one is proposing you don’t bath your children.

    It is about controlling people, Katherine, not guns. And unarmed citizenry is at the mercy of its government. You may feel safe with this government, but I do not. And when they come for you, I will be there to protect you with my mean old black rifle.

    1. Sorry Dan Smith, I own a gun and I am not what you think nor do I wish to see all guns banned, only the weapons of war that do not have a purpose in civilized society outside of the military. Even army generals are asking why anyone NEEDS an assault rifle capable of shooting 50 rounds in their homes. I am not advocating removal of all guns, just sensible regulation on weapons of mass destruction. These are not handguns used for personal protection or rifles used for hunting. Their only purpose is to kill as many people in the shortest possible time. Bathtubs and cars are not produced to be weapons and accidents happen. Cars on the other hand are far more regulated than guns are. You have to have a license to drive a car as well as training and insurance. You have to renew your license periodically. And some types of vehicles are not allowed on public streets because they would be dangerous. Since you dragged that straw man argument into equation, why not have the same restrictions on guns as cars? It would be more than exists at present. You claim to be pro-life, yet guns are designed to do ONE THING: KILL.

  2. I found a complete rendition of the email Mitch McConnell sent to his “fellow Patriots.” Every talking point he could muster, not a speck of truth. This is NOT what he was elected to do for his constituents. Talk about a petty little worm and extreme sore loser. If Democrats would have treated Bush Jr. this way the GOP would’ve been yelling treason!

    Dear Patriot,

    You and I are literally surrounded. The gun-grabbers in the Senate are about to launch an all-out-assault on the Second Amendment. On your rights. On your freedom.

    Just the other night, President Obama urged them to act. And then he went one step further, spelling out the 23 different Executive Orders he will take to get your guns.

    My friend, our freedom is under direct assault.

    From those who want take your guns. From those who want to shred our Constitution, and as our good in friend Rand Paul from Kentucky says, from those who want to be King.

    Let me tell you, Mitch McConnell is ready to lead the fight to protect your rights. Will you stand with Mitch today?

    Our Founders fought a revolution to secure our rights. They would have been appalled by what they heard from an American president the other day.

    President Obama has the left wing media in a frenzy. And, like his old Chief of Staff, he is determined to not waste a crisis.

    The gun-grabbers are in full battle mode. And they are serious.

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