The question is, "Are guns bad, or
are guns good?"
The problem is, there is no correct
answer to the question.
Guns are inanimate objects and can,
therefore, can be neither bad nor good. However, people on
both sides of the argument refuse to accept that premise.
Both sides are driven by their own ideologies, requiring
them to give human qualities to inanimate objects that, without
human help, can neither kill nor protect.
Compare the argument to one where
those involved are trying to determine whether Steak Knives are good
or bad. Wake up! They're like guns, they're neither.
What we wind up with is one side
that preaches that all individuals should have unfettered
access to Steak Knives. You know them as the folks on the
10:00 o'clock news, carrying signs that read, "When Steak Knives are
Outlawed, Only Outlaws ..."
The other side usually takes an
incremental approach. They will chip away at the "Right to
Keep and Bear Steak Knives," by demanding that we limit access to
the utensils to only those individuals who have undergone background
checks. Further, they try to convince us they can make our
lives safer by limiting access to only dull knives. Other
restrictions can include not allowing possession of Steak Knives in
excess of 3" in length, and, then, only after an individual has
satisfied the State that he has a true need to possess one.
At this point, I hope you feel as
safe as I do.
The only thing certain is that
both sides are lying to you. Neither side is trying to do
anything except line their pockets with membership dues.
The Steak Knives Without Limits gang
always (intentionally) overlooks the fact that some folks just
shouldn't have access to Steak Knives. Who? My
schizophrenic neighbor, for one, and the felon, who lives next door
to him, for another.
Of course, I made up those instances,
but, I hope you'll allow me a little poetic license.
On the other hand, the Steak Knife
Control crowd conveniently fails to bring up that Steak Knives may
be used to cut steaks into bite-sized pieces, socially acceptable
for consumption in a restaurant. They claim that limiting
access is necessary for the
safety of the children, and that all Steak Knives have dull edges.
Also, in their effort to blame an inanimate object for a bad act,
they will intentionally overlook the fact that some real, live people are inherently
evil, and that no amount of Steak Knife Control will change that.
It sounds a little silly, doesn't it.
That's because it is. So, why do we have the
arguments? Follow the money. Whether it's the
Brady Campaign or the NRA, folks on both sides of the argument are
making tons of money, convincing you send them your dues and
contributions, to be used to protect you. They create the
illusion of a problem, and then, for a price, they offer to save you
from that problem.
How should you deal with such
Act responsibly, train to keep
yourself and those around you safe, and remember: Whether it's
Guns or Steak Knives, there will always be organizations that will
gladly take your money under the guise of keeping you safe from the
evils of inanimate objects.
Train like your life depends on it.