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It’s a big gun. That’s what I know.
I’ve never fired one of those. I have used a shotgun. That was pretty impressive.
Impressive… What do I mean by that?
I think guns are fascinating. Otherwise we wouldn’t want to play with them as children. After all, nobody wants a squirt-monkey or a squirt-hose. No, it’s a squirt-gun.
Being able to point something at somebody and dispel ammunition–even if it’s just water–is pretty thrilling. But you see, that’s the problem.
Somewhere along the line–at about the age of eleven or twelve–the bullets change from H2O to a helluva lot more deadly.
When would I want a gun?
- If I were in the wilderness and a bear was getting ready to attack me, I think I would rather have a gun than a bow and arrow.
- I guess if I was trapped on a desert island and was trying to track down game, using a bullet might be more effective than setting traps or throwing rocks.
- I think if we’re going to insist on having wars, we should give our soldiers weapons to match the enemy’s, or be prepared to be enslaved by being “out-gunned.”
But I just don’t believe that guns are the answer to everything. It’s like so many other things in our society–the solutions we come up with seem to create their own dilemmas instead of alleviating conflict.
Putting a gun into the hands of a common man who, at this moment, is rational, does not mean that this person will be logical under the influence of alcohol, anger, frustration, or just dumb stupidity.
I guess what bothers me is the idea that law-abiding citizens require guns to protect themselves from non-law-abiding citizens. It begs the questions:
- When should I pull a trigger and release a missile of death to terminate the life of another human being?
- Should I do it because they have entered my home to steal from me?
- Should I shoot them because they are walking on my sidewalk, speaking threats in the direction of my domicile?
- In my frivolous and often unpredictable nature, should I be trusted to decide who lives or dies simply because I have a weapon to determine the outcome?
- Or are all these questions moot–because we have a Constitution that allows us to be “gun-toting,” so that’s all the justification we need?
There’s no doubt–guns are cool. I would be greatly fascinated to look at someone’s gun collection. I just wonder how we can determine how these weapons are used, or … how we can trust one another to make that decision.