16 January 2013

Gun Owners Need to Stop Being Pussies

Why is this legislation being proposed:

Tomorrow, Senator Ball will be publicly unveiling three separate pieces of legislation, all with bipartisan support, among them (S2132), to protect the privacy rights of ordinary citizens; including: law enforcement personnel, victims of domestic violence and private citizens. Let it be clear however, that under Ball’s legislation that has garnered bipartisan kudos and support, law enforcement and all related agencies would continue to have full access to permit information. Senate bill (S2132) would protect lawful gun owners, including thousands of retired and active law enforcement and victim of domestic violence survivors, from having their information publicly disclosed.

First off, it’s an incredibly stupid idea to give the government even more power and control over people, especially when guns are involved.  The fundamental problem with this legislation is that it operates from the principle that the government must protect gun rights.  This assumption is fundamentally unconstitutional (the constitution’s view of gun rights is that the government must recognize gun rights), and is oxymoronic to boot.  Plus, whatever the government giveth, the government taketh away.  Gun owners who support this legislation, then, are tacitly asking the government to be in charge of controlling guns.

Second, if you’re going to own a gun, you need to be personally responsible for it.  It doesn’t matter if people decide to publish your address in a newspaper.  You own a gun, and that’s one of the consequences of ownership, stop being a pussy and deal with it.  If you can’t handle the increased problems of gun ownership, get rid of your guns.  Elsewise, take responsibility for your firearms.

A lot of gun owners have this braggadocio (myself included), that if anyone is going to take their guns away from them, they will have to pry their guns from their cold dead hands.  Apparently some people don’t mean this.  If you’re going to own a gun, then you need to accept the responsibility for owning your guns.  And if you’re not willing to kill someone to preserve your right of gun ownership, then pray tell what is the point of you owning guns.

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