Everywhere one looks in the news, the issue of gun is on the forefront. It appears it is destined to be the great debate of this decade, a way for politicians to make their mark. What I have yet to see or hear, is an ounce of common sense.
I understand the need to jump on the bandwagon that something has to be done, especially in light of such catastrophic events as Sandy Hook. Or a veteran being shot in his homeland. Or gangs terrorizing neighborhoods. Or a million other issues that at some point a gun is mentioned or involved. But is taking guns out of the hands of good people that could potentially save YOUR ass, really the answer?
No. I am not a gun-toting vigilante out to take revenge on the wrongs of the world. I have no ill-will to spread trying to make the world adhere to my thinking or point of view. I'm not even a card-carrying member of the NRA. What I AM, is a single mother with the right, desire and means to protect my family, at any cost. Will I try to reason with an assailant that wishes to do me harm? No. Will I try to convince an intruder to move along to the next house? No. What I will do is whatever it takes to keep my children and I safe. I will fight to the death if necessary, but make no mistake, I will fight.
...and I will do so by whatever means necessary.
The politicians are constantly under pressure to make the masses happy and therefore boost popularity. In an effort to appease the families affected by gun violence, some make rash and irrational, broad-based statements of "let's eradicate guns". Makes a great media clip seeing emotionally charged family members cheering them on as they promise to end the violence. After all, someone is promising to make it all better, right?
Really? At what point does common sense take over? Apparently not yet, as everyday it continues to dominate the media.
Let's put this out there. Had there been a ban on the guns used at Sandy Hook, do you think he would've said to himself "oh well, never mind then". No. Assuming as such would be ludicrous. He would have gotten what he deemed necessary to carry out his plan by whatever means. The same holds true for the veteran that just shot a well-known military sniper on his home soil in Texas. The man that just held a child in an underground bunker in Alabama. The movie theatre. Different circumstances, but crazy stays the same.
The result wouldn't change. The crazies of the world will always be here. They will always find ways around the law because they have the desire and means to obtain whatever they need to make their plans a reality. No matter how devious, demented or inherently wrong they may be, these people will continue to accomplish their goal, unless some common sense prevails. Is this in the form of security in schools, change in procedure and policy, more training, etc? Common sense would deem so. You best believe that should a shooter enter a school, mall or a million other places where my children could be, I'd pray that a responsible gun carrying person is close-by. Someone willing to do whatever it takes to protect the innocent, be it my child or that of the anti-gun activist.
So, the question is this: would you rather stand by your disillusioned convictions and thinking that guns are the root of all evil, or stand by your loved one and thinking how lucky they are that someone, somewhere, fought back on their behalf because they happened to have the right to carry a gun?