My (Short) Rant on Guns

by - December 21, 2012

A gun is an inanimate object. It is incapable of inflicting harm on anyone or anything on its own. It is not inherently good or evil by itself. It takes on the traits of whatever person decides to use it.

Evil exists in our world. It always has and always will, but not in inanimate objects. It is human nature, however, to place the blame for evil acts on inanimate objects.

I own a pistol. I practice shooting it a few times a year and am a decent shot. It stays next to my bed, mainly because I believe in my right as a person to protect myself if need be.

With that being said, do I believe that an ordinary person should be able to walk into a store and buy an automatic rifle? Absolutely not.

Our country's gun control laws need to be looked at. There needs to be a standard, across-the-board set of regulations that are actually enforced.

But do I believe revised gun control laws will stop evil from happening? No.

Evil doesn't follow rules or regulations. It never has, and it never will.

If you're one of the people who believes all guns should be outlawed, good for you. I don't dispute your views and I'm certainly not attacking them. Please don't waste your time telling me how bad guns are in the comment section. Let's just agree to disagree.

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  1. Your views on gun ownership and gun control do not surprise me, Ashton. Not that it has anything to do with your personal choice but, as I'm sure you know, people living in rural areas of the country tend to regard guns differently than those in urban areas. I support your right to own a pistol for recreational use and/or protection. I have never owned a gun and never will. I agree that we need to take bold action to prevent another Sandy Hook.

    1. I grew up in a family that hunts, so from a very young age I've known what a gun is and what it is capable of doing. I have a deep-rooted respect for guns, and I am very careful whenever I am around them or am using one. I think that understanding gives me some perspective that people who've never been exposed to one can never have. They base their opinions on the bad things they see on the news, and that's not good in any situation.