27 April, 2009

The Wild Wild Worst

If the US Constitution is such a wonderful document why has it been amended 27 times?

The second amendment certainly gets a lot of attention, and especially at times when a lot of people just freak out and shoot a lot of other people, which seems to be almost anytime these days. The pro-guns folks remind us that guns don't kill people, people do. The gun control groupies believe the problem is that there are simply too many guns available in the first place.

I think it's perfectly fine for people to own guns if they use them responsibly and secure them properly when they aren't being used. In the days of my youth I too was a hunter. Not an especially good one, but at least I never came close to shooting my hunting dog as I had seen some others do. (Hmm...the more I think about it, sometimes frustration with Fido's performance may have been effecting their aim.).

The problem for me would be a world where virtually everyone carries a gun. Some people think we are actually stupid enough to believe that at Columbine or Virginia Tech, to name just two, it would have been better if others besides the perps had been carrying guns. Hello? Sure, maybe those scenarios would have played out differently, but how many other incidents of gun violence may have occurred as a result of all those other people packing iron—pre or post Columbine and Virginia Tech?

I don't like when people point their finger at me—unless they are pointing me out as the winner of some wonderful prize—something that probably has never happened in my entire life, but I think you get my point (pun moderately intended). For sure, in most cases it is not okay to have somebody sticking their finger in your face. BUT it sure beats having them point a gun at you, doesn't it?

Yep, when EVERYONE is packing iron, like in a flashback to America's legendary wild west, you'll find me sequestered in the relative safety of a cave somewhere, making cave paintings and roasting bat kabobs... or whatever good stuff cave dwellers do. I don't want to be outside walking around as target for someone who happens to be having a bad day.

Dogs shouldn't be either.

~PITTSBURGH starts with PITT!~

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