Ravings Of An Anti-Gun Nut

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By John Hubbuch

A month after the tragic slaughter of the innocents in Connecticut the country is gearing up to try and address the problem of gun violence in the land. It looks like modest proposals like re-banning military-style assault rifles and gun show registrations are problematic at best. Meanwhile the bullet-riddled bodies pile up like cords of firewood. Our streets, homes, schools,movie theaters and workplaces run red , and there seems to be nothing we as a society and polity can do about it.            

The NRA opposes any legislation that would restrict the manufacture, sale or possession of firearms. One of the arguments in support of this position is that any restriction is only the begining of disarming America. We should be so lucky.             

I just don't get this fascination with shooting stuff up. Raised in southern Indiana in the 1950's and 1960's ,I was aware of guns and even shot a little. My dad had probably 5 rifles and 5 shotguns. His first deer kill was his last. Seeing the buck twitching in his death theroes, bleeding out was not an experience he wanted to repeat. So getting rid of hunting in the 21st century doesn't seem like a very big price to pay. But hey maybe bolt action rifles and shotguns for those who want to play Davy Crockett wouldn't be so bad. If the animals could only shoot back.           

For sure there should be a ban on handguns. I get the defending the home and hearth argument, but for every intruder repelled,  there are ten regretted shootings: Dad shoots drunken son sneaking home; nine year old shoots six year old playing cowboy; pissed off spouse shoots philandering partner, etc. ad nauseum. As I see it, the main purpose of handguns is to rob businesses, settle disputes at clubs and get rid of gang members.               

Civilization evolves. At one time people dumped their sewage out on the street. They shot buffalo from trains. They enslaved others. They fought duels. And don't forget the ever popular bear baiting.  Make no mistake--a small minority enjoyed these activities, but the big wheel of progress spun and these disappointed citizens moved on to other, safer activities like watching TV and golf.                                  

So when the NRA warns that banning assault weapons and requiring gun show registration is only the beginning, I say: " Right. Let's get started."

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Posted: January 29th, 2013 11:58 AM

The Constitution was written by a bunch of rich, old white guys over two hundred years ago. They were comfortable owning slaves & treating women as second class citizens. They had some great ideas & codified them in the Constitution but they weren't saints. So some things in the Constitution have been changed over the years.


Posted: January 29th, 2013 11:58 AM

In the 2nd Amendment, they were talking about arms used in a 'well-regulated militia'. They were talking about muzzle loaders at that time. I don't think the Founding Fathers envisaged regular Americans wandering the streets with AK47's & other assault weapons! Seems to me we should have an assault weapon ban & some sensible regulation on owning firearms ?" training, etc. We do for operating vehicles!

Larry Skiver from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 3:47 AM

I was wondering if anyone has heard of the term "foot in the door". When the door is shut you have control on what comes through the door. When someone gets their foot in the door you don't. Let's think about this, I don't smoke and I think it's a nasty habit, so let's tax the hell out of it. That's okay with me because I don't smoke. Yeah good for society-less smokers-better health-less doctor visits for smoke related issues. More tax money in the coffers, good. While we are at it, let's tax the hell out of alcohol. I don't drink so it is ok with me. Yeah more money, we'll teach those smokers and drinkers. So when the tax man comes around to something you do care about and wants to tax the hell out it , then what are you going to do?. Society has the foot in the door and your way of life is threatened. So here we have a true tragedy with the School shootings. Right away some people are calling for the ban on guns or stricter gun control laws (which have not worked). If we jump to fast and ban guns and change the second the govt. has their "foot in the door". Hey while we are at it let's change the nasty first amendment, the people let us change the 2nd amendment so let's change that one too. By the way we'll just change them all because we know what's best. Be careful what you wish for.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 10:41 PM

This Saturday there will be a march in Chicago. Join! http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/197076363770280/

david keene from Denver  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 5:39 PM

I suspect that the columnist would not be very much help during a shoot out with a real bad guy. But I hear Chicago is a much safer city now that an Obama protoge' has taken over as mayor. And if Rosie O'Donnell and Diane Feinstein are present, their armed body guards can mop up any problems. Love, Keene

Jim Coughlin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: January 21st, 2013 11:52 AM

The reigning Pro-Gun Nut is esrtwhile guitar hero Ted Nugent. Hisnotion of hunting involves engaging in criminal activities including killing animals that he attracted with illegal baiting stations. Guilt admissions and no contest pleas from this "sportsman" are part of the public record. Nugent currently offers, for a price, caged hunting of big game on his private property. Interesting to note, that Nugent is on the board of directors of the NRA.

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