Maybe Common Sense Is the Right Solution For Gun Control?

Maybe Common Sense Is the Right Solution For Gun Control?

DannyMaybe Common Sense Is the Right Solution For Gun Control?

I’m not sure where I fall on the gun debate here in the United States.  On the one hand I completely understand the Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms.  On the other hand I understand that the creators of our constitution could have never imagined a gun like an AR-15.

I get that a person determined to do harm could do so with a knife or pistol.  I also understand that I would rather take my chances with a person with a knife and a pistol than an AR-15.

I am kind of worn out on the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people argument” although I also understand the premise that guns do not pull their own trigger.  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  I do believe citizens should be able to own hunting rifles and maybe even a handgun if they should choose.  I guess I draw the line at weapons designed specifically to kill human beings.

I will say emphatically that putting guns in the hands of teachers might be the most insane idea our President has ever posted on Twitter.  That I cannot imagine in a million years.  The thought of a teacher accidentally shooting a kid or a kid disarming a teacher and shooting back horrifies me.

I do think the solution lies somewhere in the middle, which is usually the case with most debates; it will require compromise.

Citizens are not allowed to own tanks or rocket launchers or grenades so AR-15’s should probably be on that list as well.

That makes sense to me, but maybe I’m just crazy.



35 thoughts on “Maybe Common Sense Is the Right Solution For Gun Control?

  1. you’re not crazy; you’re probably just plain frustrated like I am. I don’t think the Founding Fathers could have ever possibly imagined any AR-15 variant but I also don’t think they could have possibly imagined the Internet, instant worldwide communications and jetting from Boston to London in only a few hours instead of taking weeks. any weapon whether it be an AR-15 variant or a “hunting rifle”, a shotgun or a handgun kills just like a knife or baseball bat would. if I asked most people what the difference was between a S&W MP-15 and a Ruger Mini-14 most couldn’t tell me other than one looks scary and military and the other looks like a hunting rifle.

    one truth that I did learn in the military is there is a thing called “evil” in this world and it will always find a way to manifest itself. where I have a problem out here in the world is no one wants to take charge and bring some order to this chaos. both sides of the aisle are just too busy throwing hate and toxic comments at one another and nothing is getting done. the majority of Americans support some sort of universal background checks and I do think that is the place to start. That and actually enforcing the laws that are in fact on the books and quit having revolving door courtrooms.

  2. Hi!

    I’m not an American, but I agree with the “common sense” argument. Cultures evolve. If they allowed AR 15 before, for “hunting purposes” (if that’s the case), and now, it is being used for hunting children in school, maybe it is time now to adjust the law in order to cope up with what’s happening, instead of adding a military or hunter’s skill to teachers. Guns are special tools that require special skill-set that is not aligned with the teachers’ skills.

    Just my opinion.

  3. The 2nd amendment was put into place to insure that the citizens could protect themselves from a tyrannical government, not put food on the table.

  4. I really don’t think anyone “needs” an assault gun for any reason at all. Ban them all and maybe that would end all wars. Okay, pipe dream! Buy private citizens? No, absolutely not! My kids grew up hunting game. Okay, a hunting rifle and lessons on how to safely use and store it. Load only when in the blind, NEVER AIM AT A HUMAN, be sure you are aiming at game and not farm animals, hunt only what is in season, make sure license is valid and up to date, PERMISSION NECESSARY WHERE REQUIRED, do not hunt on private property, respect every one around you, well, I think you get the picture. We also owned land with game on it and on occasion gave permission to friends for hunting — until the day one of the “friends” was shooting toward the house where we were living, and the baby was sleeping! That was disaster waiting to happen, and careless use of a firearm. So, education for hunting gear. Pistols? um. I’m mixed on that one. They are so easy to be taken from a person by someone determined to commit a crime, but for someone who knows how to defend him/herself, possibly a life saving tool. That would be a case by case thing, and again, education.

  5. I agree with you 100%. The whole debate is baffling to me and the prospect of armed teachers is just insane in my mind. I hope common sense will prevail but as you say .it is in short supply. It may well be an endangered species….and I’m not trying to be funny!

    1. We will see how it works out. Luckily we have bureaucracy which tends to keep anything from getting done. In the armed teacher situation maybe this will be the case.

  6. I am not from the USA but your gun laws confuse the hell out of me. Coming from a country, which has very strict gun laws, I have grown up in a country, where I am not worried about sending my child to school and worry if they might not come home because someone has gone in and shot the school up. The whole, teachers should carry a gun argument is bizarre, lets assume its a great idea, you would have to train a teacher to handle the gun, shoot it, do the other stuff involving guns. Then you would also have to train the teacher not to freeze, make sure they understand that by shooting someone, you will probably kill them and no matter how many lives you have just saved, the fact that you have killed someone is going to (excuse my language) fuck you up in ways you cannot imagine.

    I don’t understand why there is such opposition for gun control, not banning guns, but putting some simple rules in place, like not being able to sell a gun to a 16 year old at a gun fair. Maybe a 3 week wait instead of 3 days, making sure guns are kept in a locked cabinet at all times, with bullets stored in a different place (to be fair I am not sure if you guys have that) a large amount of the constitution as changed through out the years but why not change an amendment which was written when you could only fire 3 rounds a minute, on a good day, where as now we have a gun that can fire 6000 rounds a minute. That is just common sense for anyone.

      1. They make the same old points…”guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” “More people are killed from knives than guns”. “Glocks are semi-automatic weapons and they aren’t banned.” etc.

      2. So not great points. To be honest Danny, I really don’t understand the need for a gun,, let alone a collection of them. I have talked to people who collect guns and I have no idea why they do it, but also I don;t get train spotting

  7. We have the right to own guns just as we have the right to own automobiles. Registering a car and proving that we can drive safely does not infringe on the right to own cars. Registering the car does not stop people from using cars as weapons, but it also doesn’t stop people from owning them. Nothing about this gun debate makes sense to me; especially the part where the lives of our children are second to the needs of unreasonable adults.

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