I’m a gun owner. I own several handguns, rifles, and a shotgun. I believe we, as Americans, have a right to own firearms.
To a certain point.
What I don’t believe in is clips that have a high capacity for rounds. Automatic weapons. The ability to order thousands and thousands of rounds of ammunition at a time. The complete lack of being able to trace who is buying those thousands of rounds at a time. The ability to buy multiple semi-automatic weapons per month.
I believe in waiting periods to buy weapons, thorough background checks, and stronger laws to prevent people with mental illnesses to obtain firearms.
The asshat that shot up the movie theater over the weekend had a clip that held 100 rounds. 100 bullets. There’s no reason anyone outside of an actual warzone needs that. Hell, US soldiers don’t carry standard-issue clips that hold that many bullets.
High capacity clips fall way beyond self-defense. The only reason to have something like that is if you plan on killing people. A lot of people. If you need 100 rounds in a clip to “hunt game”, you must be the worst shot in the world.
Let’s talk about the weapons that the shooter used. According to reports, he legally obtained two .40mm Glock handguns, a 12 gauge shotgun, and an AR-15 Semi-Automatic rifle. The 100 round clip, the tactical vest, pants, helmet, etc. That was all legally obtained. He bought it in a state that has fairly lax rules and regulations about purchasing weapons. Here’s a link to Colorado’s laws, if you’re interested, and here’s a link to Maryland’s gun laws as well to give you an interesting contrast on the laws in my home state.
So, to all of my “friends” who keep posting idiotic things on their Facebook walls about how “guns don’t kill people” and “protect our guns from the democrats”, up yours. You’re militant idiots who have no place in civilized society. You’re delusional. Sure, there are more gun crimes in the US carried out by people with illegally obtained firearms, but it seems like most, if not all, of the mass shootings in the last 15 years have been carried out by legal gun owners.
And, by the way, if you think that the events of this weekends shooting could’ve been prevented if people had been armed, there’s no way to know. Just because you’re carrying a weapon doesn’t mean that you have the ability to react clearly to a situation like that. If you’re trained for it – and I mean REALLY trained for it – maybe you could hold your own. But do YOU really think you wouldn’t panic? Do you think you’d have been able to stop a guy wearing full tactical gear who was better armed than you? I doubt it.