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Stop Trying to Rob Me of
My Rights!

by Ashley Murphy

A topic I'm tired of hearing about....sometimes I think my eyes and ears literally bleed from all the garbage spewing out, again, recently. Ignorant people are still thinking guns should be banned from this country. Others are still saying we need more gun control. Abolish guns! Restrict guns! Limit these killers! Whatever. I can discuss gun control until I'm blue in the face. It isn't going to help. But then again, it may help the liberals. I mean, if I turn blue in the face and die, then they can have my guns....

Gun control. In addition to being unconstitutional (taking away guns altogether), it will not work! No, I'm not stupid, or crazy or ignorant. You are, however, if you believe further restrictions on law abiding citizens' gun rights will solve this nation's problems. It won't.

There are steps already in place for legally purchasing firearms of any type. A process that I have been through myself. The business took my information, did with it what they were supposed to and cleared me to make my purchase. It may not go the way I want, but if the government wishes to take my legally obtained firearm away from me, my body better be stiff and six feet under.

Ashley Murphy
People News Assitant Editor

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The Second Amendment protects my right to keep firearms:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

I don't believe this is limited to just our military and police, and I don't believe that it should be limited. If you wish to own a firearm for legitimate purposes, there is nothing wrong with that, and your right is protected by the Constitution of the United States of America. Granted, I don't believe the mentally unstable or criminally driven should be able to have this right. Now, many of you will call foul and tell me I'm not making any sense and it's contradictory to my comment on any "people" have the right to bear arms. But I believe a whole lot of others will understand where I'm coming from.

To further the issue, this go around has had people asking for the banishment of high powered assault rifles to citizens. Many, including the President, are saying these types of weapons only belong on the battlefield and shouldn't be in the average person's hands because they are only built to kill other people.

So, if I own an assault rifle, say an AR15 (just throwing it out there...), then the only reason I own it is because I'm going to go out and kill people? No! I actually had someone tell me that those kinds of guns are only made to kill so citizens don't need to own them. Then, when I asked him if he really thought that all the people who owned one were killers - because that's what I got out of it - he berated me and said, "No one thinks you're going to go out and kill people just because you own an AR15." Really?! Am I the only one that took it for what he really meant? He then proceeds to say that all assault weapons should be banned and stricter gun control needs to be implemented.

Again, you are delusional to think gun control of any kind will work. People have it in their heads that all the violent sprees and crazy murderous rampages will never happen again and, ultimately, cease to exist if weapons are taken away or severely limited.

NO! Those that think this are idiots! Guns can be taken away, melted down, destroyed, but are you going to go out and and create a mass execution of millions of people who've had crazy, psychotic or criminal tendencies? No, you're not. I don't believe that's the answer either, not by far. But, guns aren't the problem, certain operators are. Guns don't pick themselves up and pull the trigger. It has an operator. And that operator is the problem. Not the gun.

Look at how things are now. There are strict policies in place that businesses must follow in order to sell a firearm to a customer. IDs must be shown by the customer. Documents must be filled out by both parties before one can walk out the door with their legally obtained weapon.

I hope everyone is noticing my stress on the word legally. Those that obtain firearms illegally now obviously don't follow the rules, do they? So, please, tell me what would keep people from illegally obtaining weapons in the future if mass gun control is implemented. Nothing! They would still be able to get them. Except the problem then would be that all law abiding citizens would be stripped of their protection and would be unable to defend themselves! You would truly have mass chaos then.

What about the police and military? I don't need a gun because they will be able to protect me. Please. I understand that is what they're in place to do, but it won't always work.

Mass gun control is set forth, criminals know that all the good little USA citizens are now unarmed and they can pick any house or business they choose (because being criminals and all, they still have their hands on weapons.) They decide your home looks pretty ripe for the taking, as you're eating dinner with your spouse and children. If they bust into your home, mind already set on what they are going to do if they run into someone, do you really think they're going to let you say, "Oh, wait, please. I need to call the cops."

You would be dead before dialing a single digit. Possibly your children, too.

I guess the next anti-gun debate would be, well it wouldn't matter if you had a gun if you're making the scenario so ruthless. You yourself would be dead, too, before drawing your gun and making things worse.

No. Sorry to burst your bubble. I highly believe the situation would be reversed. You see, in my family, we were raised around guns. My brothers and I were taught how to properly handle a firearm. Including, yes, assault rifles. We were told that guns are for protection and recreation (hunting and recreational target shooting), but you must respect those around you when handling guns, never point a gun at someone (unless you intend to kill them for protective purposes) and always handle firearms with care.

My parents stressed all of this and tried to bring us up with as much knowledge about, and respect for, firearms as possible. If someone bursts through my door with the intention of harm, they won't be leaving, unless its in a body bag. Better rid the world of a single piece of worthless scum than lose my valuable life and possibly the lives of those I love.

Same goes for a school, movie theater, restaurant or shopping mall. We don't need everyone whipping out their weapons and firing on the crazy murderer. But, think, if people are armed and have the common sense that they should to own and carry a gun and wait for an opportune moment, I believe a lot of good could come from it. And maybe a few more lives saved.

Just to make it clear, I understand that a lot of these people aren't certified criminals. Some of the murder sprees were performed by seemingly intelligent, kind people, who just snapped. They may have seemed of sound mind and did legally purchase firearms. That's not the business' fault or the guns' fault. The way I see it, if they did have a psychotic break or devastating plans, they would find a way to obtain weapons, even with gun control. Just the way people do now. It's inevitable. I also believe that certain medical conditions should be made record for gun distributors. Like I said before, there are many steps to obtaining a carry permit and there are steps to legally buying a firearm and if a mental health history report is in that process, it could probably prevent quite a few people that shouldn't be owning a firearm from purchasing one. Again, this wouldn't help for those that buy illegally or off the black market, but gun control wouldn't stop this either.

Basically, if you're for robbing law abiding citizens of their armed protection and the crap hits the fan and you need help, don't come to me. You're twice as stupid for thinking I'd help such an idiot who says its okay to take away my rights.

Sorry. Go grab a frying pan. See how far you get with that.

Or move to country that already bans guns. See how wonderful the rest of their bans and restrictions are.