People use guns to kill animals and other people. That’s it. When our forefathers granted us the right to bear arms, do you think they meant that we should be able to go into a pawn shop in any city in America and buy a semi-automatic weapon?

Think about the idea of “bearing arms” for a second–don’t you think that this really means we have the right to defend ourselves? Of course it does–that’s absolutely American. We don’t take shit from anyone. No, 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 against a tyrannical government to now mean that all of us should be able to walk around with concealed weapons under the law. 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 jump out and stick one down our throats and we’ll have no way to defend ourselves.

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 evil 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.

– Jim Mitchem

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Jim Mitchem

Writer. Father to daughters. Husband. Ad man. Raised by wolves. @jmitchem on twitter. First novel, Minor King, out now.