Guns and Violence


I'll say this straight out — I hate guns. I have my reasons, and you can read about some of them in my personal account, Why I Don't Own a Gun. If you're open to other real-world chronicles, read my article on Massacres or watch this video made by a few of my fellow veterans.

 

The only purpose of a gun is to discharge a projectile at greater than the speed of sound in order to pierce flesh, shatter bone, and destroy vital organs. If you think I'm naive or a coward for having concerns about guns, I refer you again to my account.

 

I have shot, and been shot at.   I hate guns.


I support the Constitution, including the Second Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

I maintain strict allegiance to the original intent of that Amendment. The only time I ever kept and bore arms was when I was a member of a well regulated militia—the United States Army. Beyond that, I've never had use for firearms of any kind. In my lifetime I've never been concerned that my government would revoke my rights without just cause, so there would be no reason for me to be involved in armed insurrection. That was the original intent of the Amendment: protection from a despotic and/or fascistic government.

In my opinion, Heller, McDonald, and particularly Caetano were gross misinterpretations of the original intent of the Amendment by a majority of justices on the Supreme Court (Scalia, Roberts, Thomas, Kennedy and Alito in the first two cases, per curiam in the third).

I've heard all the pro-gun arguments. I'm aware of many pro-gun websites that play with statistics to deflect the realities of gun violence or to place blame on sub-populations or sub-cultures, but there's no getting around the fact that guns are dangerous.

For quite a while in his weekly GunFAIL reports on DailyKos, David Waldman tracked gun-related "accidents" in the U.S. This is just a four-week sampling from April-May, 2016: GunFAIL CXC, GunFAIL CXCI, GunFAIL CXCII, and GunFAIL CXCIII. Here's a partial tally from those four weeks:


It's an irrefutable statistical certainty: half the population possesses below average intelligence. In my opinion many, many people, whether because of an accident of birth or because of untreated trauma, should never be allowed to have access to a gun. Gun ownership should be a privilege to be earned, not a right to be demanded.

If you're interested in statistics, here are a few sites to ponder...