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Okay, so I’ll admit I’m not a fan of guns. I don’t own a gun, I don’t shoot a gun, I avoid guns.
That doesn’t mean I don’t believe you should own a gun, at least if you’re not a terrorist, not one who goes around shooting people, or not one who carries a gun to make you a bigger man. Our constitution gives you that right.
But, it’s beyond me why any of you would want any type of assault weapon. Even our law enforcement officers don’t carry assault weapons – why should you have a weapon more powerful than those carried by law enforcement?
It just simply doesn’t make sense.
It’s quite obvious those types of weapons are used to kill people. Unfortunately, they’re used to kill lots of people.
It is unfortunate, and beyond belief, that murder has become so commonplace in America that many simply accept it as a way of life. Chicago has become the forefront in the use of guns to kill people; I’m really happy I don’t live there. My chances of escaping gun violence, I believe, is far greater living in Iowa than in Chicago.
Terrorism comes in all forms. It’s pretty common nowadays to hear talk of “Radical Islamists,” but I remind everyone that terrorism comes in all religions. We don’t accept that there are “Radical Christians” living among us, too. It’s not been Islamists who have killed Americans at abortion clinics, who have carried out mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, at a movie theater in Colorado, at a black church in South Carolina.
Unfortunately, some Americans have come to accept those acts of terrorism, while at the same time, condemning all believers in Islam because of a brainwashed few who carry out despicable acts in America.
And, there is one more very puzzling situation, and it’s thanks to our Supreme Court.
The nation’s highest court has ruled that gun manufacturers cannot be held liable when their products are used to kill people.
Now, I don’t necessarily disagree with that.
However, it’s been virtually impossible to hold gun merchants liable. Perhaps that’s changing in light of a Wisconsin court ruling that has held a gun shop owner liable for a weapon purchased in his store and used to kill two Milwaukee police officers. There’s still a long legal battle looming, however, before that case is finally settled.
Guns are legal. Alcohol is also legal. It’s common for saloon owners to be sued when a customer leaves their establishment and is involved in an accident. Because of that, all saloon owners are required to have dram shop insurance.
Shouldn’t the same apply to those who sell guns? Why can’t they be held responsible for actions committed by their customers?
Bar owners have learned the hard way that it’s best to act on the side of caution when they see a customer getting to the point of losing sobriety. Many stop serving those customers, unless they are assured those customers won’t get behind the wheel of an automobile.
If more people who sell guns are held accountable for the actions of their customers, perhaps they’d also use some judgment. That’s a tough one, though, in light of a Supreme Court ruling that allows virtually every American the right to buy a gun, if they are of legal age. It’s also legal to sell those same customers an over-the-counter drink.
Drinking alcohol is legal. Owning a gun is legal. Shouldn’t those selling guns be held just as accountable as those selling alcohol?