Jason and I watch this show called 30 Days. If you’ve never heard of it, it really is a great show. They take someone say, who eats meat and they put them in a household with members of PETA. It’s pretty much to open peoples eyes to what they are normally against. Great show!
This week a women who is an opponent of gun ownership lives with a gun collector and his son for 30 days. They do it for sport. It’s the one thing that the son and father have in common and are very adamant about, the right to bear arms. She on the other hand, had a good friend killed by someone with a gun so she is believes that only law enforcement should be able to have the right to bear arms.
It all got me thinking. I fall somewhere in the middle. I used to think that ONLY law enforcement should be able to carry a fire arm, but I now think that if you’re responsible and using it for hunting or sport, then why not? I go back and forth really. I’m just not sure what I think. I will tell you what I know. I do know that there are private sales of guns going on at gun shows, swappers meets and over the Internet that are legal!! They do not do any kind of background check and most the time all they take down is their name!!! That is how guns get into the hands of our children and gang members.
When I was 14 I lost a cousin to gang violence. He was 21 and shot 3 times, once in the head and twice in the chest and was killed in front of his wife and two young children. You want to know why??? For his rims!!! I highly doubt that this hoodlum had a permit!! After that I’ve never been comfortable around guns and have had a very strong opinion on gun control. I think there needs to be stronger laws to protect us. I understand that criminals have criminal minds and they will do whatever it takes to get a gun but if privates sales were illegal, it may help a little. And a little goes a long way if it saves just one innocent life.
I know that little ol’ me won’t do much to make a difference. I do pray that someday it just won’t be an issue. Wishful thinking I know. There needs to be common ground. Don’t take the right away from responsible people who respect what a gun can do, but make it harder to purchase one. I think you need to have an extensive background check and hey, maybe even a psychiatric evaluation. What would it hurt? If you have nothing to hide and are sane, then why wouldn’t you be willing to go through such evaluations? These privates sales are killing innocent people. What do you think???