I’ve never taken much time to formulate any kind of political standing when it comes to the interpretation and implementation of our beloved second amendment. When my brother took me to a shooting range a few years ago, I was disturbed and humbled by the power of the gun in my hand. One trip was enough for me; I did not like guns. As for the promise of protecting myself, I suppose I refuse to live in enough fear to feel the need to house or carry such a deadly piece of equipment; maybe a stun gun or even a small blade should I find myself in a rough part of town, but never a gun.
I also know that I detest the culture of guns as toys: stockpiling handguns to show off to your buddies, bragging about your new piece, playing with guns whether loaded or unloaded, shooting for fun. I don’t understand the appeal, and in a world where guns are so often used in the name of hatred and violence, or for genuine, necessary defense, I don’t respect the toy gun culture. Although, to be honest, my indifference to guns in movies becomes a harder stance to explain.
And there’s plenty more that I’m not so sure about. I can’t understand why the Aurora, CO shooter was able to legally and easily acquire his multiple weapons of mass murder. I also wonder if someone skilled and sane had been carrying a gun of their own in that theater, if we’d have a lot less dead and injured. And, I wonder, if gun control in America was stricter, would the shooter still have been able to pull off his massacre?
I have a lot of questions.
Here is a list of some of those questions. I’ll try to keep them less hypothetical and more practical for the sake of productive conversation. I want to hear your answers and comments, but I’ll also do my own research and try to share what I find out in a future follow-up post.
- Does a person have to have a license to legally purchase a gun, or do on-the-spot background checks cover the bases?
- Can you legally purchase a gun without any kind of background check at all?
- Is it true you can buy a gun at Walmart?
- Why would anyone ever need to possess an automatic or semi-automatic gun?
- Are automatic guns legal?
- What are the steps to obtaining a conceal and carry license?
- On average, how many guns are sold illegally each year?
- How many law-abiding gun carriers or owners have used their gun to successfully defend themselves from harm?
- How many law-abiding gun carrier or owners have irresponsibly or illegally used their gun?
- Is it true that active military cannot obtain a conceal and carry? If so, why not?
- What kind of guns can you legally purchase for the purposes of hunting?
- When the second amendment was written, how long did it take to reload a gun?
- What do proponents of the second amendment have against gun control?
- What are gun laws and statistics like in other countries?
- In what ways is gun ownership currently regulated?
- If a person buys four guns, tear gas, and heavy ballistic gear in the period of a few months, is it not reasonable that these purchases come up on someone’s radar? Aren’t these red flags in any scenario?
- Do you own a gun? Why or why not?
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