July 2, 2008

Janie's Got A Gun

So we watched"30 Days" last night. I absolutely love this show! Last year, I watched "Supersize Me," a film about the fast food industry (namely McDonald's) which turned me onto Morgan Spurlock's work. Hubby and I are huge fans of "30 Days" now!

So last night's episode was, in general, the 2nd Amendment. This is something hubby and I are passionate about. We're members of the NRA and believe that every law-abiding citizen has the right to legally own firearms. I should also add that I (we) do support background checks (although I think the one-week waiting period is a bit excessive and even unnecessary). It makes me want to slam my head in a drawer repeatedly when I hear people like Rosie O'Donnell say, in her annoying nasally voice, "Guns kill people, Tom..." [referring to her 2000 interview with Tom Selleck]

NO THEY DON'T!!!! Guns are inanimate objects. It takes a human action behind the gun to make it fire a bullet(s) into a person. Honestly, I would LOVE to see the statistics of how many gun-related crimes are committed by the registered owner of the legally purchased gun used in the crime. Anti-gun activists can pass law after law after law, banning this and that and the other thing but it will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals!!

I realize that a lot of people have lost loved ones because some nutjob or n'er-do-well took a notion and shot them for no good reason. That's awful and I'm sorry. I've lost loved ones too and I lost a friend to suicide - a friend who shot himself. My husband also lost a friend that very same way. But I still contend that taking guns away from the public - in effect disarming us, leaving us defenseless in our homes - is the answer. I feel much safer with a gun in our house for protection than if we had nothing. I really, truly doubt that someone who was so determined to get at us in our own home that he broke in is going to stop and listen to what I have to say, let me talk him down and out the door, or into submission until the cops get there. I'd be more than happy to take the first shot if it means defending myself or my family. I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.

I know my opinions on this aren't likely to fall on sympathetic ears. But I get absolutely irate when I watch people stereotype gun owners and then refuse to see the other side of the coin. Thankfully, Pia (the anti-gun activist girl who traveled to Leesburg, Ohio, on "30 Days") saw that not every gun owner is a bloodthirsty maniac or a heartless criminal.

Thanks for hearing me out. Living where I do, it's hard to find like-minded people to jabber with about this!


Denise said...

I LOVE 30 days! I DVR that as one of my MANY shows! :) I saw that episode. I do agree with gun control in the sense of background checks and such. Living where we do I think it's important. Did you know in Oregon you can carry a concealed weapon without hardly doing anything. You can ride around with your gun fully loaded, ready to shoot, and have it on your lap or anywhere else in your car! I think that is pretty extreme but perhaps Oregon doesn't see as much crime as we do!

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