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I am very interested in your opinion of the recent shootings and what you think about the various gun laws? What do think should be done? what do you think can be done? I would like to here all your opinions, your suggestions and your views please.
Okay. Here goes.
I'm one of those people who actually think that taking away guns will not solve the problem. I know, typical response, but after really evaluating things, this is simply how I feel. I mean, if we're going to change something it needs to be something that will result in something better. If we simply say "take away the guns and we'll have less murders," I feel that that's a little... naive? Or just perhaps a simple, easy "solution." I want this country to try for something even better than that. If we take away guns to preven murder, we need to also take away sharp objects such as knives, etc. People do not only kill with guns. Guns and the way they're regulated is not the problem here. It's the way people are behaving.
I also feel that it does put the rest of the world in danger. I mean, you wouldn't punish all your kids just because little Danny lied about taking his vitamins. You wouldn't take the toys away from all your kids just because little Danny used his blocks to whack his sister in the head, right? Do I make sense? I hope I'm getting my point across.
Anyways, here's another point: WTF do people think criminals are? Oh, guns are illegal now so nobody will be shooting. Ha! Criminals are criminals
. They will make it happen. They ain't going to abide by the law if they're a murderer! How crazy.
And back to the rest of the world being punished. I do feel that taking away gun rights would absolutely mean taking away safety for the innocent who keep guns strictly for self defense.
Let me tell you why
I said and feel that. My mom has been held at gun-point and robbed 3 times. Every single day, we pray that she makes it home safely. We pray that some thug doesn't follow her to the ATM. God it's such an uneasy feeling. My mom needs a gun. Someone who works in an area that's SOOOO filled with crime and somewhere where even the police are terrified of dealing with the crime (I'm not even shitting you. No exaggeration.) a woman who's working in such an area every day of her life should absolutely have a gun.
And this is coming from a girl who's never been for guns. You could even say I was slightly anti-gun until thesse incidents.
So I'm actually in favor of guns, for protection. Sure you have pepper spray. I do, my mom does and I've also bought her one of those Ila Security alarms (I carry one myself) where it looks like a little decorative keychain but when you pull the string and push the button, it emits a horrifically loud scream-like noise. But are these enough? No. My spouse and I tested the security keychains we bought. Not likely it'll be a great solution. IT'S LOUD! But not loud enough that someone might come to rescue you. Not loud enough that it would scare a gunman away rather than startle him and cause him to pull the trigger and run.
The pepper spray? What a joke. I sprayed my own self with it and had no reaction what so ever. So we bought "better" pepper spray. Another joke. There are too many risks with pepper spray. It may not work, it may only piss the attacker/gunman off and cause them to shoot. And then it's likely you'll accidentally spray yourself or miss since you have to be pretty accurate and close enough to hit them in the eyes for it to do any damage.
I've never shot a gun. I never even TOUCHED a gun until 2 years ago and the age of 20. I didn't like em. Wanted nothing to do with them. But even in our peaceful LOW crime area of where we live, there have been break-ins and I've come to the point lately that I myself even should at least learn to shoot a gun. I wouldn't even mind carrying one anymore, although I' really don't want to NEED to do that. It's not exactly a safe world for a girl or man, though.
I don't know, but I just cannot help but feel like guns aren't such a bad idea.
I have seen recent news saying we should start being more aware about mental illness and getting those who need it help. I agree. Nothing bad can come of that. We could gain there. Although I do not think that will be the only solution in order to prevent this awful stuff from happening. You still have those people who will slip through the cracks, refuse treatment, etc.
So, while I don't think making guns illegal is the answer, I have yet to think of a very good answer to this problem myself.