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A Note To "You" (the gun owner)

The gun culture in America must change.

On one day, in one American town 13 times as many people (27) were murdered by gun than were murdered by gun (2) in one entire year (2006) in Japan, a nation of 127,000,000 people. And yet we dither. The warning from the Right is that “they are coming for your guns.” This is partially true (we’re coming for some of them) except that “they” is actually “we,” and “you,” whether you know it or not, are actually part of that we because that we includes family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens, which is not nearly as nebulous an entity as your favorite bogeyman “the government.” We the people are coming. And you, as a person who may have no respect for government, need to respect that.

We are told that we must come to you now politely and with respect to gain your support or at least your lack of resistance to the new set of laws and regulations that, hopefully, will soon apply to the guns you covet and worship. I for one am in no such mood. Accountability is a big word in your dialectic, and in your unyielding attitude toward gun ownership in America, and in your support of the NRA I am holding you accountable for enabling the gun-available environment that led to the mass slaughter of children in Connecticut, to name but one incident. You will resist this characterization because you are a sportsman or a hobbyist or a perceived self-defender who is merely exercising your 2nd Amendment rights. You are innocent. But you are not. What you’re guilty of is indifference, in the face of brutal statistics (31,000 gun deaths per year in America), to the mayhem inflicted on your communities, near and afar, by your stubborn affection for guns.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” That is correct. That is why severe limitations on gun ownership and access to guns must be in effect in the United States. The reality of our imperfect and increasingly violence-tolerating culture (if you visited another world and witnessed children entertaining themselves with virtual games of shooting and death, would you view them as peace-loving or something else?), is something you can no longer ignore. That reality, not your connection to times past or to the glowing mythology of guns in America, demands an adaptation and a response to the killing power of modern guns.

This much I know. If I had a tradition, activity or even a need that involved guns, and I saw what guns at large had done to my country, I would gladly limit or compromise my access to guns for the greater good. Not to do so would be disgracefully un-American and insupportable, but most of all selfish. As good, responsible and deserving as you think you are, our society is peopled by many who are hostile, irresponsible, uncontrollable, ill-trained, and imbalanced. Efforts to control or monitor those members of society have and will always fall unacceptably short. That leaves guns as the controllable variable in the American equation of death by guns.

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Fred February 18, 2013 at 05:05 PM
@Robert Defulgentiis (cont.) "The semi-automatic rate measures how quickly the rifle can be fired with a minimal level of precision in targeting, but does not account for issues such as cooling or magazine changes. In a sense it’s how quickly the user can pull the trigger and return to some kind of aim after recovering from the recoil (which is not that severe on an AR-15). But it doesn’t account for the problems that can occur if you shoot too fast for too long, such as jamming or overheating. What makes it semi-automatic is how it redirects some of the gases from a shot’s gunpowder to move certain parts of the gun so that another cartridge goes into the chamber. The gases are hot and contain impurities. This heats up the gun and can cause bad consequences like cooking off. The impurities can foul the gun and cause it to jam. We don’t know the full details yet (and may never know) but some reports indicate the Aurora shooter’s AR-15 jammed. Whether that was due to a mechanical problem with the drum, overheating, or fouling. There are different opinions about this but the AR-15 has been criticized as prone to jamming.” http://wredlich.com/ny/2012/07/gun-control-aurora-and-the-ar-15-factoids-and-foolishness/ Regarding rates of fire for fully automatic weapons (which are actual “military style weapons,” unlike so-called “assauly rifles,” and have been illegal for civilians to own since the 1930s; http://www.military-sf.com/ROF.htm
Susan February 18, 2013 at 05:32 PM
More clueless, baseless, untrue emotional words from the uninformed left. Using dead children to exploit an agenda is sickening. You should be ashamed of yourself. By refusing to examine the real causes of school violence you are helping make everyones children unsafe. Gun laws have been proven over many years to be completely ineffective.Columbine occurred during the last assault weapons ban. Guns are here to stay so you better get use to them and focus your mispent time on the real problems: mental health and school security issues along with changing morals in todays world.
Susan February 18, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Mike Atkins your many, many extreme words and amount of posting here have shown you are clearly a disturbed fantatic.
Susan February 18, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Robert you are not leaning left you have falling over left lol. 16,000 of that 31,000 gun death figure are suicides so your being dishonest again like most of your posts. Gun deaths have steadily fallen since the assault weapon ban/brady bill has expired. Infact less than .01 percent of all gun death are committed with an ar-15. Thats .01 percent.Many more people are killed with hammers and knives. Thousands more.
Stuart Hotchkiss June 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Who is this looney asshole that keeps writing these irritating articles? It seems pretty clear they are just written to piss us gun owners off! A note to Fred: you are welcome here in New Hampshire. We are proud gun owners, guns are part of our everyday lives! Part of getting dressed in the morning is deciding which gun we will wear today, not the color of our underwear.

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