People really need to understand the fact that video games don’t kill people. People kill people. That’s a spin on the mantra by many that say guns don’t kill people. So if it’s true about guns and that’s been an argument for forever, then it’s even truer about video games. In fact, unlike a gun a video game isn’t even a reliable tool to be used to kill a person. So the idea of more regulation of video games as a solution to end gun violence really sounds somewhat pathetic.
Nuclear weapons don’t kill people. People kill people. And yet, somehow many of us work off of the premise that nuclear weapons shouldn’t be doled out around the world to all of the good guys to keep the bad guys with nuclear weapons in check. Most people shun the idea of nuclear proliferation to anybody who wants one as long as they have a good character rating. Does anybody really want to see a nuclear bomb under Kuwait’s control just in case one of their neighbor’s wants to do another invasion? But that’s the logic of some people who say that the only way to keep a bad guy with a gun in check is to give the good guys a gun.
But the public’s right to have guns is protected under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution and any legislation, regulation, litigation, or nomination to infringe upon that right is the first step down a slippery slope that will have us living under a tyrannical government. Some of us will even argue the point that the founding fathers would never allow the government to even regulate guns or require people to register their guns.
You know what else is protected by our well respected Constitution? The right to vote. And many of the same people who now say that the Constitution protects their right to bear arms didn’t have a problem when so many states were passing new voter identification laws under the premise of protecting the integrity of the voting process. Proponents of voter identification restrictions laws were very quick to say that the integrity of the voting process was so sacrosanct that it was worth the risk of disentrancing millions of legal voters despite the fact that the right to vote is constitutionally protected. If we can handle millions of people going through hoops to maintain their right to vote, I’m pretty sure we can handle millions of gun owners being inconvenienced to maintain their right to bear arms.
A gun is not a video game. A gun is not a constitutionally protected right for people to exercise influence over their government. A gun is not a benign tool. A gun has the primary single purpose to kill. A knife has more uses. A gun being used to hunt is a gun being used to kill animals. They key word is “kill”. It is true that some people use their guns for target practice. But that’s only to make them better and more efficient killers when they make the decision to kill.
Once we understand and accept the primary purpose for guns then we can better accept what we have to do in order to protect ourselves from our neighbors with guns. The idea of protecting people’s rights to obtain as many guns as possible with the capacity to mow down people with just the pull of a finger is a retarded proposition that does nothing to protect anybody. We need to put limits on the number of rounds in the weapons of the average joe. The argument that smaller round capacities do nothing to curb gun violence is an argument to deny reality. Chances are that if someone had a musket that shot just one round before needing to be reloaded that person would need a lot more time to shoot a crowd of people than the guy with today’s large capacity assault rifle. And the more time it takes to shoot people, the more time to put a stop to the shooting before everyone gets killed. It’s not rocket science.
Guns are killing machines that need to be regulated. They need to be registered so that government knows who has them and how many. The killing machine should not be given a pass simply because it gets a mention in the Constitution. People have to register their automobiles if they plan to buy them, sell them, or use them. And automobiles kill far less people than guns. And if that’s not enough to put things into perspective, keep in mind those automobile related deaths are usually accidents that happen as a result of the automobile performing its job of transporting. Gun related deaths are the result of somebody putting their killing machine to its intended purpose. There is a big difference.
Thankfully, more people are now beginning to see the light and coming to the realization that we need to do more to curb gun violence. It’s no longer fashionable to say that we can’t do anything to stop gun violence. We are not so impotent that we can’t defend ourselves from people who want to kill or from people who want to protect people who might want to kill. People have the right to bear arms. People also have the right to regulate what arms to bear.
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Hottest Year On Record
It’s official! 2012 is the hottest year on record beating the previous hot year record by a full degree. Normally, the record breaking increases are just a tenth or two of a degree. It’s very unusual for the increase to be so large.