Having to speak about gun control and gun ownership is painful for me. I have lost family members through gun violence. I was trained in the military as an infantryman. I know guns as an expert marksman. As a trained killer, I don’t make light of that.
I was raised in rural Ohio as a young boy and taught by my Dad how to hunt with a shotgun and a rifle. My weapons were single shot and that made a sport of hunting. You only had one chance to shoot at game and you had to be a very good shot, which I was.
We drilled safety all of the time. The same was true in the military. Training with weapons and caring for them is a full time job. Being ever vigilant is a necessity.
So, when I think about people owning guns and keeping them at home, I am aware about how dangerous that is even under the best circumstances. Combine that with peoples variable behavior and all of those guns and all of those people make for a bad mix and unnecessary risk to community safety.
Not in my lifetime will Americans reach sufficient maturity and intelligence to adopt the proper stance on guns. Yet, President Obama, reacting to a string of horrid events in America is embarking on the right course.
Only when Americans become more educated and civil will they get it. Guns belong to law enforcement and to the military as they are our protectors. Individuals don’t need them.
The story here is about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researching gun violence. What if they conclude that many gun owners and people with affinity for guns have a screw loose somewhere? That would not surprise me.
“The Executive Order the NRA Should Fear the Most
President Obama is looking at issuing 19 executive actions on gun control, and while gun enthusiasts fear a gun ban that can't happen by executive order, there is one proposal that should make the gun lobby plenty nervous: allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence.”