These Tragedies Must Stop, One Way or Another

The multiple shootings that have happened in the past 6 months have gotten me thinking about what we as a country can do to keep our citizens and our children safe.

Ok, so I know you all know by now the tragedy that has struck the country.

20 children dead, 6 adults dead in an elementary school. This is despicable.

I don’t know about you, but I remember elementary school as a place of safety and learning. Somewhere I was always secure. Even as I grew older and went to junior high and even high school, school was always a place of security and safety.

This is something we never saw coming. Not just this shooting, but all the ones we’ve seen. There have been more shootings in the past 6 months than I’ve ever heard of in my whole life.

This is a serious issue, America, and we need to something about it. We need gun control.

Now, before you get all righteous on me, listen. I agree that it is ok and a constitutional right to bear arms. But it is not ok to be selling and buying automatic machine guns or whatever to regular citizens. Like seriously, what, is the raccoon in your yard going to shoot back at you? Is the poor deer you’re hunting going to use karate on you? You do not need such incredibly dangerous guns in your possession. We do not need to have guns designed for killing lots of people fast in gun or hunting stores. I’m pretty sure it’s still illegal to hunt people, although these days it’s hard to tell.

You know, I used to think that the second amendment wasn’t important. It was just one of those amendments the founding fathers put in because of their situation and didn’t affect us. But now it does. We as a nation need to decide just how far bearing arms can go. These shootings cannot continue. But they will if we don’t do something right now. We need to limit the guns that are sold to regular citizens. I don’t care if it’s legal in Texas or wherever to shoot someone trespassing on your property, which honestly is really stupid and weird. But we cannot allow people to keep going ballistic and shooting a bunch of people, especially children.

I say we need to sell only non automatic guns. If you can’t hit that deer in one shot it’s gone anyway, so sucks for you. We need a harsh penalty for selling such illegal guns, like 50 years in jail or something. And for those of you who say automatics are good for self defense, if the other guy doesn’t have an automatic, you can get him while he’s reloading. By the time you both have gotten one maybe two shots at each other, the police will be there to take care of it. Done, over, you’re safe, case closed.

The point here is that this could turn into a big controversial issue but why should it? We are Americans, since when has an attack on our citizens turned us against each other? Oh, yeah, every time since like, ever. Seriously, guys, gun control is the only way we can stop these tragedies from continuing to happen. Let’s band together and make it work instead of fighting each other about taking away rights like we always do.

Seriously though, no one’s going to take away your right to shoot a raccoon who’s in your yard and probably looks a little sketchy, even though it's just a freaking raccoon, get over it.  

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Dane Ferrell December 25, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Edward,excellent point, but try not to confuse Bryan & Scott with facts, it conflicts with the crap,& hate mongering they been watching on fox news,Glenn Beck etc, rendering them unable to think for themselves, let alone rationally.
Edward A. December 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Which crackpot beliefs or behavior are you referring to? I think I did a reasonable job explaining why "defense against a tyrannical government" as an excuse to own guns is delusional, so my claim is based on actual evidence, whereas your claim is just typical ad hominem - the last resort of a weak argument. Happy holidays, Bryan. :)
Bryan December 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I thought it was pretty clear what I was stating. I clearly agreed with you that your point about the impossiblity of fending off a tyrannical government was a valid point. My comment about you being a crackpot was not based n that statement it was based on some of your previous posts where you were way to quick to post wild unfounded comments and then attack others as being looney if they simply did not agree with you even when the other person had similarly done a reasonable job in explaining an alternate point of view and still you were so quick to label them crazy, dellusional etc... It is that behaviour that you have displayed that warranted my comment that you were sort of a crackpot. Further, because you lay claim that people are crazy and dellusional so often that the attacks have no merit when they come from you.
Dane Ferrell December 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Bryan,I find anyone who shares your disillusioned beliefs to be loony, they are called the Looney Right.
Edward A. December 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Bryan, you said, "...it was based on some of your previous posts where you were way to quick to post wild unfounded comments and then attack others as being looney if they simply did not agree with you..." I went back to read my comment history, because I didn't recall calling anyone any names. I found one instance where I called someone delusional. I should have remembered your name from that discussion, but I didn't. I think I've done this exactly once on this website, and it was directed at you, when you claimed: "...Slavery was never Christian, The slave trade in this country was largely Jewish... " "...Chrisitans did not own slaves in large numers..." And you then proceeded to call me a liar because I interpreted the rape laws in Deuteronomy the way pretty much everyone else (except apologists) interpret them. Not one of the comments I've made on this website appear to be unfounded, and if you want to play that game, I am happy to prove that they are all well-founded. Also, how many times have I called people delusional or crazy? I count two. Once directed at you, and once directed at any person who thinks they are going to fight the government with guns. I stand by both.


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