People use guns to kill animals and other people. That’s it. When our forefathers said we (Americans) have the ‘right to bear arms,’ do you think they meant we should be able to go into a pawn shop in any city and buy a semi-automatic weapon? No. Think about ‘bear arms’ for a second – don’t you think that really means ‘we have the right to defend ourselves?’ Of course it does – that’s absolutely American. We don’t take shit from anyone. We don’t turn the other cheek. We fight back. And that’s cool. But somewhere along the line we’ve twisted our right to defend ourselves to now mean that all of us should be able to walk around with concealed weapons – and if anyone says we can’t, then they’re un-American. We’ve also convinced ourselves that the minute we *don’t* have a handgun at the ready, someone is going to stick one down our throats and we’ll have no way to defend ourselves. Because, you know, that happens as often as someone is shot in this country (about 300 times a day.)
The late Ronnie Van Zant, a country-boy (and homeboy) from North Florida, was right when he said we should dump all of our guns “to the bottom of the sea” (Saturday Night Special.) We’d still have the right to bear arms – but instead of pulling a trigger, we’d actually have to bear our arms and fight when necessary. Imagine how many less people would be slaughtered if we forced the bad guys to use garden shears to carry out their plans.
You want people to stop murdering people in schools, malls, and movie theaters? Ban guns.
Handguns were made for killing. They ain’t no good for nothing else.