What is it, really, with the American obsession with gun ownership? Or even guns in general. I live in a rural area of Texas and I understand the whole hunting tradition thing that’s been a part of this state forever. We even have a “take an orphan hunting” program (or something similar) in this county. At church during hunting season they have a “hunter’s blessing” Sunday, where they devote much of the service to wishing godspeed to the hunters (but I suspect it’s also to wish good profits to those folks who own hunting leases, too.) Hunting and the conventional rifles that are attendant to that pastime are ingrained in the fabric of the community. Okay, I get that. But….
The big “but” (other than my own) is this: Why in hell does any American need an AK-47 or semi-automatic assault rifle? One does not go deer hunting with that kind of weapon unless one wants to splatter deer carcass all over the landscape.
No, that type of weapon was made for killing people….lots of people, quickly.
Today in Arizona near where President Obama was appearing, “a man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.” This is the third such incident in the space of a week or so.
When asked why he was armed, he said “Because I can do it.”
We have laws against women showing their nipples in public, but a man can prance around with loaded deadly weapons in close proximity to the President of the United States because “he can?”
What is wrong with this picture? What is wrong with this country? The Christian majority supposedly worships the Prince of Peace, but don’t you dare take their assault rifles from them or there’ll be hell to pay.
My son-in-law is currently in training at the police academy and will be graduating before too long. He will be an excellent police officer because he’s smart and has great people skills. Our town doesn’t have a big crime problem (yet) but I still fear for him because these weapons are out there and often are used against the very men and women who have devoted their lives to protecting us.
People who scream about their Second Amendment rights are the same ones who make a big show of “supporting our troops,” and police officers. If they really cared, they would “get” that these weapons weren’t foreseen by the Founding Fathers and how they would be used against our own people.
In that vein, here is an ATC I did several years ago (one of my first) that features my husband when he was a boy. He knows and understands rifles, having learned from his rancher grandfather to have a healthy respect for what their purposes are and for what they can do if not handled properly.
However, he is not gun obsessed and shares my view on assault weapons.