by Seth Dannen
These last few years have been extremely difficult for our nation. The amount of deadly mass shootings has been utterly unacceptable. What is the common thread in those massacres? Firearms. Politicians have spoken extensively about stricter gun control, some going as far to say that we should ban the sale of firearms all together. And since I recently stocked up and bought myself an Armalite Eagle-15 Centerfire Rifle, a Springfield XD-S Single Stack Pistol, a Remington 1187 Semi-Automatic Shotgun and a few other guns, I completely agree.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to sleep at night knowing that there are people out there who could potentially own the same guns I do.
I understand that most Americans hold the Second Amendment near and dear to their hearts. However, the Constitution was written to protect the rights of normal people like me; not just anybody, like you. Now that I have enough firearms to adequately protect me from people who shouldn’t have firearms, I think we should stop selling firearms.
It is an almost immutable law of economics that these mass shootings spark a huge increase in sales for guns. After the Orlando shooting, I saw lines out the door at Gander Mountain. They were impulsive, paranoid people looking to buy their first gun. It was frustrating. I had to wait 2 hours to have a laser sight put on my Ruger LC9.
Some people say it’s about safety. But it’s silly for them to think that a firearm might make them safer. Statistically, having a firearm in the home is more likely to cause you harm, unless you’re me and know how to use it right.
The time to act is now. Time to take back our dance clubs and movie theaters and churches. It’s time to take firearms out of the hands of people who aren’t me.