Thoughts on Gun Control

First off, I want to make it clear that I am not pro-gun.  I would never allow one in my house.  However, I think in Canada gun-control has become one of those hot-button issues that a lot of politicians and policy wonks trot out whenever there’s a high-profile shooting.

I just don’t believe that making more laws or bringing in more restrictions or stripping every car crossing the US border will solve anything.

For those who are anti-gun, I do say this: I don’t believe that having a gun in your house would protect you from a single burglar or intruder, and that if you have children and a gun, adhering to that belief is just foolish. To those who are ‘pro-gun’, think about it this way.  If you have kids, you need to lock up your gun so that your kids or your kids friends can’t get a hold of it.  (Your kids might be smart, but you can’t count on them to have smart friends) If you wake up or come home to an intruder do you honestly think that person is going to wait for you to go to your gun locker, find the keys, etc.?  If you wake up to an intruder, the only way a gun will protect you is if you have it loaded and easily in reach.  Bet your aim’s real good in the dark while semi-conscious.  Just think the argument through to the logical end please, that’s all I’m saying.

Also, although there are plenty of law-abiding people who own guns, there are plenty of people who were law-abiding until they got a hold a gun.  On the flip side, it should be pretty obvious that for most criminals, and wanna-be criminals aren’t deterred by the current laws and would unlikely be deterred by any future law either. Although I abhor the siege mentality that so many gun-advocates have I don’t blame them from doing what they think they need to allay their own fears.

On the other hand, when dealing with gun crime, there’s a limit to what the police or the government can do. Guns don’t kill people, they just make it a lot easier for narcissistic thugs to get high on a power trip. The problem in Canada is that ‘gun’ is the same sort of trigger word in political campaigns and posturing here as ‘gay’ or ‘illegal immigrant’ is south of the border. I happen to think that inaction is superior to a pretense of action, but that’s just me.

If people want to hunt, or engage in target shooting, or they themselves are convinced that having a gun in their house will protect them from the boogeyman, that’s entirely their prerogative.   I’m not against the concept of a registry – after all, cars are registered – but I don’t know how the current registry in Canada works enough to make any sort of judgement about it.
I just wish that various groups & politicians would quit taking the easy way out and find something other than screaming for more gun laws the next time some stupid kid gets a hold of one.

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4 responses to “Thoughts on Gun Control

  1. If you wake up or come home to an intruder do you honestly think that person is going to wait for you to go to your gun locker, find the keys, etc.? If you wake up to an intruder, the only way a gun will protect you is if you have it loaded and easily in reach. Bet your aim’s real good in the dark while semi-conscious. Just think the argument through to the logical end please, that’s all I’m saying.

    I agree with you in regards to securing firearms, but they actually make fast access lockers with a fingertip touch pad combination lock that allows very quick access, and by quick I mean a manner of seconds. And if you think someone is in your house, adrenaline can wake you up pretty fast.

  2. Good point, didn’t know that sort of thing was available. However, I still think that it’s not always easy to tell between an intruder sneaking around and one’s own teenager sneaking in from a late night out and personally wouldn’t want to take that risk. If others want to however, I believe it’s their right.
    My brother owns a jewelry store and keeps a gun handy – but he’s been on the wrong side of one as well. If I were in that line of business I might too…

  3. Shooting someone by mistake doesn’t practically happen that often. That’s really an issue of training and common sense, actually…. be sure of your target and what lies behind it.

  4. I used to shoot competition target, and both restricted and unrestricted weapons are required to be kept 1) unloaded 2) in a secure safe/cabinet and 3) with trigger locks on the firearm.

    So yes, if a burglar breaks into your house at night, it is highly unlikely you will have sufficient time or wits to get to the safe, open the safe, unlock the trigger lock, load the weapon, and locate and neutralise the intruder. Unless you train yourself on that sort of scenario incessantly, and that is not realistic for the average firearms owner.

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