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Guns Are Not the Issue

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Every horrible incident in the world involving a gun comes into play when people speak of gun restriction. I do not support gun restrictions at the federal level, period. Congress is trying to decide the fate of the Second Amendment, the types of guns we are allowed to own.

Criminals steal and collect guns and use them without legal sanction. Therein lies the problem, criminals. As law-abiding citizens do not use guns other than to hunt and protect, the downside of enumerating and supporting that right in the Constitution is that some people will use firearms improperly.

This article is not to convince people to own guns, especially since I do not own a gun. Americans have the responsibility to keep guns legal in the US to avoid a gunless society of hundreds of millions of people who cannot protect themselves. It is a matter of self-reliance, not cowboy mentality--even if it was cowboy mentality.

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As law-abiding citizens do not use guns other than to hunt and protect, the downside of enumerating and supporting that right in the Constitution is that some people will use firearms improperly.

A Good Reason to Have a Gun

Americans need to be self-reliant, not police-reliant.

My political motivation to support gun ownership is to promote the freedom of my people, Black people, Americans in general. The police are a great source to keep the peace, but when violence erupts, like what happened in the 2020s, having a gun would deter unlawful people from violence.

In the Black community, the very community the Democrats are trying to disarm with federal regulations needs guns for personal protection. Some in the Black community use guns illegally. That is the rub of guns in society. A gun-less society is not culturally appropriate in the US because we do NOT want to be victims of unlawful people or government oppression like in other countries across Europe, Asia, and the world.

Guns are used to kill, but they also deter. If every Black family in the United States owned guns and were properly trained to use them, crime in Black communities would decrease by 50% immediately, and taper down from there. No, that number is not based on statistical calculations. If each person in the community knows everyone else is armed, the likelihood of aggression will decrease.

What will also decline are mistakes made by police with "no-knock warrants," which seems unconstitutional to me, to begin with. If people knew that semi-automatic guns waited for them behind closed doors, they would knock first, or call ahead even.

We do not live in a police state. America should not become a police state. We have different states so that each region can govern according to the desires of the citizens. If most of the citizens in an area want to ban guns for that community, then the community needs to rally and support that among its citizenry, missionary work. When people attempt to undermine the guarantees of the Constitution by empowering agencies to act for the people instead of people acting for themselves, we have a problem. A good reason to have a gun is that I want one. That's all the reason.

If people die because I have a gun, it won't be because I killed them, unless those same people came to my domicile and attacked my family. Then, I most likely shot them and they died because of the bullet wound. I do not want to kill or shoot anyone. I will, though.

We do not live in a police state. America should not become a police state.

What should that gun be?

I want my gun, the one I plan to buy, to be an AR-15 rifle because I am disabled. If lawlessness becomes the rule because of a temporary lapse in societal protections from authorities, I want to have my right to use the AR-15 to kill and/or maim would-be attackers of my family's freedom to exist without harm. Whatever gun I desire is what gun I should have unless the state regulates it otherwise, not the federal government.

My Christian faith leads me to have compassion for people who steal for survival. My compassion ends when those who steal use violence to justify stealing or rioting when protesting would work. If I have to choose between shooting someone or allowing them to take my property, I yield the property. I can get more property. Life always trumps in my book.

If someone attacks me, my family, or other people, I support my right to shoot that attacker to either stop him or her with a warning or by death. States have the right to require certain standards for gun ownership, but should not interfere with the Constitutional guarantee to have the right to use a weapon to discourage unlawful entry to a property.

If a person comes to my property unwelcome, he or she should not expect a gun battle unless he or she comes with guns. If a mob of people comes with guns in the middle of the night to my property, they should expect to be killed.

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Safety of a Gun

Do guns keep us safe? No.

Guns make it dangerous for would-be criminals to attack gun owners. Guns are Not safe. Guns are deterrents. Guns, like knives, work well when used with proper training. Guns are tools to kill people, if not hunting.

Guns are not safe.

The purpose of guns, most guns, is simply to kill humans. Swords are not safe. Bow and arrows are not safe. Pocket knives are not safe. No weapon is safe, which is why it is a weapon. We live in a society of laws. Some people disregard those laws violently. Guns, as dangerous as they are, deter bad behavior. People fear death by guns, so they obey the laws of the land even if they don't agree with them.

Access to guns by minors is the responsibility of the parents.

If minors have access to guns and use them for any reason other than hunting or fending off assailants, it is unfortunate. No law will make guns safe. Nothing will make knives safe either. Training makes the operation of guns safe for the users.

I don't want a safe gun.

I want a gun that is so dangerous people will not attempt to attack me or my family. I don't want people dying due to massive shootings either, but I don't want to get rid of guns, automatic or not.

Civilians need weapons of war just in case a war happens locally. Wars occur daily in societies across the nation. The soldiers of these wars use and obtain guns illegally. No amount of legislation will keep guns off the street in America. We are a large and diverse country that cannot be governed by a federal government alone. We cannot be governed by a State government alone or a city government. Each household is supposed to govern itself, abiding by the laws of the land. Each household must uphold the Constitution or nothing Congress, the President, or the Judiciary can do will keep us safe.

Each household is supposed to govern itself, abiding by the laws of the land. Each household must uphold the Constitution or nothing Congress, the President, or the Judiciary can do will keep us safe.

Power of the People

We lend our support to the government to keep us safe. In the United States, we have local and national elections for people to uphold the values we espouse. In order for this government of ours to work, we must instruct each other in the laws of our cities, counties, states, and federal government.

If we allow ourselves to remain ignorant of the laws our forebears enumerated in the Constitution, we will have them removed from us by those who hate the freedoms America has fought to keep. Yes, we made some costly historical mistakes in our past. We cannot change that. There is no going back to rewrite history. We can learn history to make the present and future better.

We hurt ourselves with the tools we use in society often. Removing guns will make the weak more vulnerable to the strong. I don't have a gun right now because I cannot afford to get one and maintain it properly. Education about guns and the local reliability of law enforcement leads me to believe each person can make decisions about gun ownership without the federal government getting involved.

No one really needs automatic guns any more than they need gender reassignment surgery. Knowing that I have the ability to get that surgery is strange, but it's there. If I can change my sex or gender, I should be able to purchase an automatic weapon. If I can kill the life growing inside of a woman, and refuse to call it human, I can have a gun. If I can be tolerant of people who dislike guns, people who dislike guns can be tolerant of me, a gun supporter.

Conservatives tend to want to preserve the good from our society (and some of the bad, unfortunately). All people have varying degrees of conservative or liberal ideas as their foundation to help gauge how we respond to situations. I am liberal when it comes to the application of the freedoms afforded me in this nation. I am conservative when people try to liberally take my right to bear arms away incrementally, banning one gun at a time.

I figure I represent about 50% of the people in the United States through my political and religious ideas. I say, keep guns--ArmaLite Rifle15s too. I say let each state decide how guns fit into the lives of citizens, just so long as they fit into our lives.

Gun maker Simeon North made this flintlock pistol around 1813. Balefire/Shutterstock.com

Gun maker Simeon North made this flintlock pistol around 1813. Balefire/Shutterstock.com

Guns are Meant for Killing

Never forget the power over life one pull of the trigger of a gun has. Life is precious. God blessed seven billion or so people to live on this planet. Guns take away life, let there be no disputation about that. Guns are for killing. They offer deterrence, not protection. Gun wielders can still die from another person's gun. Killing is what guns do.

Let people decide to uphold the law and use guns as our free society allows us to use them, for deterrence. Will some people use them for killing only? Yes. It is a risk I take so that the majority of us will have an incentive in our homes that keeps abusers away.

For Good or Bad

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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