So, having asked questions, talking with people from various backgrounds, and posted points and counter points to see what people had to say, I feel like I have enough information to make some informed opinions, whether they are “right” or not. First of all, here are some random thoughts going into this:
- I like like playing first person shooters. I love aiming and firing to hit a target (preferably a one shot). I imagine target shooting would produce a similar sense of euphoric accomplishment, only like hyped up on steroids times 11.
- I have a weapon’s collection. Almost all of them are stage combat weapons, but I have owned some pretty “hangers” in my day. Oh, and I do have a couple of prop dance swords.
- I’ve gone fishing, I’ve worked in a clinic in the summertime, and seen the damage a hook can do to a person. It ain’t pretty.
- I don’t like dead things. Dead bugs gross me out. I can kill bugs no problem, but after it’s dead, I wanna puke. I don’t need a manly man around to kill bugs for me… I need one around to clean up after. Taking this into account, I don’t think hunting would be my thing. But I’m not against it as a rule.
- Guns are tools. They are tools designed for killing. Quickly, and without warning, en masse. They can be used for target practice and looking pretty, but at the end of the day, they are dangerous. There may be other uses for a gun, but I don’t really wanna hang out with the guy that uses a gun to open a beer bottle.
- Guns do not make you safer. No, they do not. If I’m hitting someone and they reach for a gun, I could reach for that same gun. There are a gazillion ways to take a gun from a person. If someone else already has a gun and is shooting, and I have a gun, unless I have officer level training (and even then (and I don’t care how cool you are or how much you’ve gone shooting at the range)) it is EXCEPTIONALLY unlikely that I or anyone else would be able to keep a cool head and actually locate a shooter and pick him off as a moving target among a bunch of other chaotic elements. What a gun does in a situation is escalate. And that holds true if you’re a cowboy, a police officer, or a mass shooter.
So, all of that is my personal background, bias, and belief. After looking at what gun laws are currently in existence, here’s what I’ve discovered:
- any idiot can legally fire a gun, without classes, under many circumstances. I have probably spent more time and money learning how to pretend to kick someone’s ass in stage combat than most people do for firing a weapon. Like, since 2002. But, any idiot is also allowed to pick up a sword and start swinging the damned thing around regardless. Many gun enthusiasts will tell you to be careful and police their own, encourage classes and permits, but legally speaking, you just need to stay within an endangerment laws and ordinances.
- gun laws vary from state to state, and there are several loopholes in purchasing guns. Gun shows, internets, guy off the street, friend. Most legal gun shops have back ground checks and waiting periods, but that gun show thing. What the hell?
- did not get as much info on carrying, cause I didn’t ask much. MN you need a permit to carry, with or without concealment. Varies from state to state.
All this information gathered, all of these thoughts sussed out, and here is my non-expert, unqualified stance.
Guns need better regulation. I would love to see having guns registered on a federal level. Every single gun. Titles for guns, much like cars, so if someone gets hit, we know who’s responsible. I want Gun Ownership Accountability. For all gun types.
If you’re going to carry, you need to pass a test. permit and such.
A part of me also wants some kind of “not a moron” test, but how do you draw that line? A mental health test would discriminate unfairly in various mental health areas, and you don’t have to be mentally ill to be a moron with a gun.
I do not want to take your shooty guns. Shooting at a range actually kinda sounds like fun, and I may go do that. I don’t want to take your dad’s old war musket, I don’t want to keep you from hunting. But I do want you to be accountable for it.