I did not grow up in a house with guns. We didn’t go hunting, or to the shooting range. My best friend in high school grew up in a family where hunting was a part of life and their house scared me cause it was animals everywhere and not live ones. I am also a liberal. But much to many peoples shock I do not agree with the liberal view on guns.
Here is a side story that is completely related. My sister is a recovering heroin addict. I say recovering because she’s sober FOR NOW. Also I watch the show Breaking Bad. Both situations involve something illegal that people can easily get their hands on. With my sister it means putting herself in bad situations to get a drug that could kill her. With Breaking Bad Walt and Co make meth and sell it to dangerous men.
If we make guns illegal, or try to take peoples right have guns away all we are doing is creating a worse situation. A situation in which you create a black market for dangerous weapons and maybe even more dangerous weapons.
I always think of the episode of Greys Anatomy where the shooter talks about how he went into a Costco like store bought a gun and bullets and it was no big deal. Don’t get me wrong I dont think guns should be sold at the local CVS to anyone who wants one and I do believe psychological testing, and more background checks should be involved. But here is the main point. Guns dont kill people…crazy messed up loonies kill people. Angry people kill people.
Maybe if instead of trying to outlaw guns we spent money on getting psychological treatment to people who need it. Do you know that most health insurance does not cover mental health. I see a therapist and I am lucky that Cigna covers it but places like BCBS do not. Maybe that should be a focus. Maybe people who have no insurance should get to be able to talk to a professional when they feel that rage.
Why punish people like my boyfriend, stepmom, friends who like protecting themselves, their families and like going shooting ranges or hunting because some whacko went into an elementary school and shot a bunch of kids. Yes its horrifying and I cried for those babies for days but the guns weren’t the issue. He was the issue. The person behind the gun is the issue. Always.
Keep that in mind.
Steps off soap box