Guns, guns, guns

mindofbirdman

Sorry about all of the doom and gloom, but here’s another hot topic that’s been bugging the shit out of me lately. It comes with it’s own vague, seemingly inaccurate infoposter type of thing, and a veritable forest of real information, theory, and emotions that can sway you to one side or the other.

It jammed a lot, if you were using cheap rounds.

It jammed a lot, if you were using cheap rounds.

Before we get going, I want to say that I am a gun owner. I hunt, skeet shoot, and target shoot. I love guns, and I truly enjoy going out to a gravel pit with Jake and Daryl to blow off a few boxes of shells. I also love heading for the woods with the Larries to maybe get a few grouse for the freezer. I haven’t done either in over a year, but I really do enjoy it.

Okay, now for the probably wrong meme. I guess I can’t say it’s wrong, but it isn’t from this year.

My friend JC wrote and drew up a great post on the subject, and it got me thinking a lot about it. I wonder exactly where I do stand on the issue. I like hunting, and I own guns. I say that as long as you’re a responsible gun owner, hunter or marksman, it should be perfectly fine to own a hunting rifle (bolt action, no magazine) or a shotgun (breech load, single shot), because you safely store them, locked up tight, like the law says you have to. You are also an ethical person, and would never use those guns to harm a human being, so why shouldn’t you enjoy them?

Paul's was in a nice, wooden, velvet-lined box

Paul’s was in a nice, wooden, velvet-lined box

Growing up, my stepdad, Paul had a pistol. It was a Peacemaker .22. We would use it to shoot rabbits in the live trap by the garden, because the neighbours wouldn’t notice it like they would a rifle. This was back before gun safes were necessary, so putting it in a locked box in your closet was acceptable. I was fairly perceptive, so I knew where the key was for it, and for the chain that kept all of the other guns together. I never did open the box without permission, because we were taught from a very early age that guns were not to be played with.

When Paul died, he left me his .270 semi-auto. It’s a great rifle, and I might use it one of these days. I might not though, because I’m just not into much more than shooting a few chickens these days. I would probably end up being the camp cook for deer hunting, because I have no desire to gut and skin a deer anymore, but I guess I’d take the rifle in case one walked to the pond for a drink.

My dad gave me my Wingmaster 12 gauge for Christmas when I was 15. It is the most perfect gun that I’ve ever fired. The stock was cut down, and fits me to a T. I got my Cooey .22 from Paul when I was 16, and Larry sanded down the stock for me to get the chipped varnish off of it. It was made in Cobourg, at the Cooey factory where my Great Grandfather worked, so it has a great deal of meaning. I also have an RCMP Centennial model 30-30 that my mom bought for me when she worked at Winchester. I couldn’t have been very old. It’s shiny with brass all over and it’s never been fired. It’s beautiful. They all are. To me, anyhow.

So perfect for me, and never misfires. Knock on wood.

So perfect for me, and never misfires. Knock on wood.

 

The problem is that not everyone is responsible, and just because you passed a course that’s designed for you to not fail (or was when I took it 25 years ago), doesn’t mean that you are safe to own or handle guns. Accidents happen, maybe you go for a drive and blow a hole through the floor of your company truck, or maybe your kid finds the keys to your gun safe, and decides that now’s the time to exact revenge for the world treating him like a piece of goat shit since he got caught pulling his pud in the school washroom. There are far too many possible scenarios that can go wrong here. Even if you are a super-safe, top notch firearms storage expert, there is always a chance that someone will get a hold of your guns and use them negligently, or for crime.

Maybe a little flashy for hunting, but still a nice rifle. Model 94 is the best selling rifle of all time, I believe.

Maybe a little flashy for hunting, but still a nice rifle. Model 94 is the best selling rifle of all time, I believe.

The long and short of it is that my guns mean a lot more to me than just a killing tool. Every time I clean them, hold them, shoot them, or just talk about them, I think about Mom, Paul, or Dad. They are all good memories, and they are cherished.

It’s also true that I don’t need my guns. If I want to hunt I can use my bow. I wouldn’t get anything, and it wouldn’t matter, because I’m not in it for the meat. I think that muzzle loaders or single shot rifles and shotguns would be okay too, for the folks that feed themselves or their families with wild meat, because you get the range or the spread that you need, but you’d spend so much time reloading, that it wouldn’t really be very effective for a mass murder spree. Semi-autos and other magazined rifles and shotguns are great, but I really don’t see a need for anyone owning them, along with handguns, or assault rifles. I do see that they can turn a crazy person quite an efficient killing machine though, so I do think that they should not be available.

The fact is that it doesn’t matter what way I lean, or whether the government revokes the right to bear arms. If someone wants to kill a shitload of people at once, they will find a way to do it. If they can’t get guns, maybe they’ll use homemade explosives. They’ll do something, because they’re sick. This isn’t a whimsical thought that just happens into their head for a second. They have time to think while they are going through the planning and execution stages. You don’t just wind up at a school or a theatre with a bunch of guns and say, “Fuck it. I’m here. I have the artillery. Might as well kill some motherfuckers.”

Or maybe you do. I really don’t know, and I hope I never find out.

Run, take the money, here’s a bullet for your boyfriend, guns, guns, guns,

Birdman

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13 thoughts on “Guns, guns, guns

  1. Sigh.

    I am torn on the gun issue. I think that you and every law-abiding citizen has a right to own a gun or multiple guns, for that matter. My issue is the TYPE of gun used by the guy in CT – are they necessary? For what?

    Who knows? This debate will go on and on…

    Good post bro…

  2. I could be wrong — this is coming from someone who’s never owned a gun, after all — but I don’t see why anyone would ever need something like an assault rifle. Ever.

    “Well, see, I really, REALLY wanted to make sure that deer went down, so I put 100 rounds in him. Sure, I can’t eat any of the meat because it’s swiss cheese, but dammit, I hunted him real good.”

    Oh, and it’s nice to know you can get these wonderfully inane hunting weapons at Walmart, too. Maybe I’ll pick a few up tonight while I go grab some ingredients for dinner.

    http://www.thenation.com/article/171810/five-assault-rifles-you-can-pick-walmart-photos#

    Why? Because ‘Murka.

    • First of all, don’t come here with your right wing, “I’m smarter and louder than you” attitude. You aren’t. Your facts are completely off base, and I’m pissed that I had to go through and research each one, because of my inability to delete people’s comments unless they are being hateful.

      First off, have a look at these links and tell me that your point #5 is still correct.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Colorado
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_laws_in_Connecticut

      Next, in response to your liberty crier piece of fiction #3 we have:
      http://www.snopes.com/crime/statistics/ausguns.asp

      For the rest, I know that they are bullshit, and you have 2 hours to prove them right. You can’t copy and paste a bunch of shit on here, when I doubt you even read the article.

      You have two hours to prove shit, or this is getting deleted, and don’t you ever come here and say my readers need to get facts to speak on my comment board. If that were the case, you wouldn’t have been approved, or had as much time up here as you do have. Not one of them stated anything as a fact. We were having a polite discussion, until you came here spouting your shithead, gun loving bullshit.

      You have until 9PM EST

  3. I don’t own guns. But my Dad does. And many of my uncles and aunts do. I have hunted and have gone target shooting with Dad a lot when I was a youngster.

    I think assult rifles should not be available for retail sale. Neither should hand guns. Or at least, they should be next to impossible to buy.

    Crazy is gooing to kill if he can. Whether he has guns or not. At least make it harder for him to buy or get a weapon.

    By the way, I would bring a gun to a knife fight. I am just that kind a guy.

  4. I think that getting worked up over guns because they can be used to kill people is like getting worked up over DVD players because they can be used to watch porn. It’s missing the point. There are deeper issues involved, and by myopically focusing on guns we miss the chance to address those issues.

    I also think it’s funny that considering the fact that the original intent of including the freedom to bear arms in the US Constitution was to protect citizens against an overbearing government, assault rifles are exactly the kind of weapons that the founding fathers would have wanted the citizenry to have access to.

    Personally, I think it’s about time that we (those of us who are Americans) all admit that the founding fathers could not have foreseen the environment we live in today and amend the second amendment to more closely line up with our beliefs and needs.

    • I agree with you that focusing on the weapon isn’t going to solve the problem, but it can surely make it harder for the problem to do as much damage, while someone figures out how to help the problem find the mental health that they need to not want to kill everybody and themselves.

      Just recognising that someone is struggling is very difficult, so how do you propose to do it? I have no clue how you can figure out that someone has these thoughts and urges by looking at them. Would you recommend a mandatory annual psych evaluation on everyone? It would definitely help, but with almost 340000000 people in the US, It would be pretty tough to do.

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