Relax; gun rights are secure
Stratton Wayne St.Clair
St.Clair is a graphic artist living in Roanoke.
While I do not like guns and don't own any, I have marksman and sharpshooter
ribbons from the military. I support the Second Amendment. If guns are
outlawed, only the government will have guns, and that worries me far more
than any criminal.
Still, I do not support the people who want to take their guns everywhere, who
claim this or that administration is threatening those rights or think it's
all right to take guns to political rallies, who want them in schools, bars or
Who do they think they are? Do they think flaunting their guns is supposed to
make the rest of us feel safe? They don't. I see a potential threat instead.
I have no idea how sane they are. And from some of their actions, I suspect
that they aren't very sane at all. Whoever thinks a loaded gun in a bar is a
bright idea once the alcohol is flowing is an idiot. The Old West ended 100
What would've happened if guns had been allowed in the classrooms at Virginia
Tech? Odds are, far more injuries and deaths. I can see it now. Seung-Hui Cho
starts shooting and all the wannabe cowboys return fire like it's the
shoot-out at OK Corral, and there would have been far more innocent people
wounded and killed.
There is no convincing me otherwise. I have no faith in these armchair
warriors. Basic training taught us how to be calm under fire. Most people
haven't had that training, and once the shooting started, they would be so
pumped up with adrenaline there would be shooting everywhere. Shooting a buck
or a target is not the same as shooting at someone who is shooting back.
The gun-rights kooks disproved their whole "the government is taking away my
rights" thesis recently by holding a rally with loaded weapons in a national
park within spitting distance of D.C. Did they think the government was afraid
of them? Phfft.
All they proved was that the Constitution was alive, that their rights were
not being threatened and that our system was working. Do they really think
that they would have been allowed to do that if it weren't?
Yet, both the GOP and the National Rifle Association spread misinformation to
those who have a hard time reasoning things out that their gun rights are
about to be taken away. They have been doing this for decades in order to
separate fools from their money, aka fund raising.
The reality is this: No one is going to take away people's precious guns. For
the record, amending the Constitution to give or take away rights is a long
and tedious process. It takes a two-thirds vote in both houses of Congress,
and then two-thirds of all the state legislatures have to approve as well. It
takes years, and there is no way even the most strident anti-gun lobby will
ever be able to pull that off, so people can put away their ammo.
Only the most fanatical seem incapable of understanding that a background
check or a waiting period or a limit on the number of guns they can buy at one
time are not threats to their gun rights but common sense and an attempt to
keep us all safer.
A society that thinks it needs to be armed to the teeth all the time within it
is not a healthy society.