Every so often I peruse the internet looking for stuff to talk about, gun industry wise, that would be common sense to the masses but falls through the cracks of misinformed minds throughout the world.
This time around, the headline read as such: “20 years after Columbine, the guns are still the problem.” Let me be clear right now, guns are not now, nor were they ever, the problem.
How can guns be the problem, not just for Columbine but all the active shootings, when there are clearly other methods to kill innocent people?
Let’s dissect this as it relates to Columbine, shall we?
Sure, they used guns to kill a LOT of people. One thing the anti-gun media seems to have forgotten is just how many other means of killing people those skickos had.
They also planted several bombs and were also ready to use knives to attack their fellow adolescents. All of this is well known–or so I thought. It is interesting how the narrative can change when you just want to “ban” something.
Okay, so we’ve gotten that out of the way. There were other methods they had to kill people, and, thankfully, the bombs didn’t go off right or the death toll would have been much higher. But, let’s take a moment to get back to the issue at hand.
The problem, is that the guns they used were purchased by straw–AKA illegally. In case you didn’t know, a straw purchase is when someone who cannot buy guns asks another person who can to buy it for them.
Another problem, is that the two shooters had mental health issues. This, too, is all well known and something that almost nobody is willing to discuss.
To say that guns are the problem because they’re easily obtained, even though they couldn’t buy the guns themselves and also had mental health issues shown by their previous behavior and online presence is asinine.
The real cause, before throwing any punishment at legal gun owners like myself, is mental health. The gun laws on the books usually do work. Do they 100%? I’d be a fool if I said yes they work 100% of the time. They don’t.
They work well-enough that if they’re enforced they’d work even better.
But, in the same vein —
Do speed limits prevent accidents 100% of the time? Do seat belt laws save lives 100% of the time? Does the fact that methamphetamine is illegal mean that people don’t make and use it to get high?
See where I’m going with this? No laws work 100% of the time, so why punish people like myself who have owned guns for decades unless there is some sort of hidden agenda?
We can cover what I believe to be the agenda some other day …
But for now, let’s get back to the issue at hand. Guns are NOT the problem. In fact, let’s take this in a different direction, completely, by pointing out how Columbine helps my argument that guns are NOT the problem, and never have been.
The two sickos were too young to buy the guns themselves. Yet, they still were able to acquire the guns illegally.
Guess what? Making guns harder for me to obtain will only make the guns harder for people like me, law abiding citizens, to protect themselves against the sickos who actually want to hurt people.
Confused? Let me break it down further —
Anyone who is willing to break the law to hurt people won’t be deterred by gun laws, and you’ll NEVER be able to get rid of all the guns in America. You’d be delusional to think otherwise.
And, guess what, a good portion of the the active shooter situations since Columbine have seen the shooters acquire their guns in a manner other than “legal.”
Of course there are exceptions to this, but I can think of some off the top of my head where either the guns were acquired illegally OR the shooter fell through the background check crack somehow, where the shooter should have failed, and still passed.
Either way, it’s not MY fault, and shame on you for trying to punish me.
We are GunnersDen.com, and our stance is “get your hands off my guns.” Period.
Oh, and “go eat a bag of dicks.”