President Obama is considering taking executive action to address the horrific gun violence problem we are facing here in the United States, and gun fanatics are predictably freaking out. On my local news station’s Facebook page, people have reacted with ignorant rants about gun confiscation, and some have even suggested that someone with a gun should “take matters into their own hands.”
These are individuals who have no understanding of laws, or the Constitution, but they still loudly share their ignorance with everyone else who they hope will agree with their uninformed opinions. They believe that President Obama is coming to take their guns, and they’re angrily responding with rants about confiscation and the Second Amendment.
As you know, I am a gun owner. I enjoy hunting with my .243 Savage bolt-action deer rifle, shooting my old 12 gauge Springfield shotgun, and sometimes I find it necessary to carry my Smith and Wesson M&P Shield .40 handgun with me when going to sketchy places. These are situations where any reasonable gun owner may want to use a firearm, and there isn’t anything wrong with that.
CNN’s Mark O’Mara sums it up beautifully:
I consider my gun ownership a right vested in me by virtue of my citizenship, but I also regard it as a privilege I can lose if I don’t guard it and protect it properly. To protect our guaranteed Second Amendment rights to gun ownership, we have to take reasonable, good faith measures to keep guns out of the hands of those who would abuse that privilege.
Even after the rash of mass shooting we have seen, Congress has proven incapable of adapting reasonably to the current climate of gun violence. If the President can legally use his executive powers to require more stringent screenings, he should do it. (Source)
If you are a responsible gun owner, universal background checks should not be a threat to you. If anything else, you should feel safe that the person next to you at a gun show is buying that AR-15 for shooting at the range, or taking out coyotes on the farm, rather than using it for an act of terrorism like we saw in San Bernardino or Aurora, Colorado.
Despite the angry rants from gun fanatics I have dealt with on Twitter recently, regulating who gets to own guns is not the same as the government coming to take Grandpa’s deer rifle.
As a gun owner, I welcome stricter regulations on who can and cannot get their hands on a firearm. The gun show loophole and private sales are an easy way for convicted felons and the mentally disturbed to buy firearms, away from reputable dealers who run background checks on everyone they sell to.
Making everyone purchasing a firearm undergo a background check isn’t an infringement on the Second Amendment. If anything, it only makes the Second Amendment stronger.
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