Good versus bad guns

Good versus bad guns

Gun Rights

Count me as among the "Southern radicals" who support Americans’ constitutional right to own weapons for self-protection, hunting or recreation. The sustained uproar over guns in the past two decades hasn’t changed that opinion any more than would blaming my fork for gaining weight, or my car for a multiple-fatality interstate pileup. Being a responsible gun owner, I firmly believe our ability to bear arms is ingrained by the Second Amendment outlined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. I also readily acknowledge there are legitimate circumstances rooted in common sense where people should not have firearms. For instance, should the mentally and emotionally ill, violent criminals, domestic abusers or children have unrestricted access to such deadly force? Our intellect and sensibilities tell us of course not. We certainly have witnessed plenty of carnage that results not from the weapons in and of themselves, but from human rage, twisted minds or those oblivious to the dangers they present. These crimes sadly have become predictable nowadays. The news is full of stories about yet another unstable person using a firearm (whether taken from a parent’s closet, purchased, traded or inherited) to take innocent lives. The news is full of these tragic cases. It has led me to believe the most effective way to stop a bad person with a gun in time to save lives is a good person with his or her own weapon as a defense. And in that regard, I believe every responsible and trained person should acquire […]

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