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Thread #10942   Message #80142
Posted By: Steve Latimer
20-May-99 - 12:39 PM
Thread Name: Guns, to my friends here at Mudcat
Subject: RE: Guns, to my friends here at Mudcat
My father was the oldest of ten children who when his parents emigrated from Dublin to Brooklyn stayed a while and moved to Toronto, Canada. Thus we were the only ones in our family to grow up in Canada. I visit my American kin several times a year. There are many things I like about the United States, but as a Canadian I can't begin to fathom the second amendment. I have very conservative views by Canadian standards, I'm in favour of capital punishment if there is concrete evidence that a murder was willingly committed, and I believe that jail terms are far to short in many cases.

I do not want the right to own a gun, and I sure as hell don't want to be in a society where my neighbours have that right. Guns kill, plain and simple. It's who they kill that concerns me the most. About ten years ago Life Magazine devoted an entire issue to the devastation that was caused by guns the previous year, printing pictures of all the victims with a brief description of the cause of death. The vast majority were killed either accidently or intentionally by the "Family gun" Many of these victims were children. I realize that each year a great number of children are accidently poisoned in their homes from, many drown in backyard pools, are run over by family vehicles etc. But guns are designed for killing. How many domestic arguments have ended in tragedy because there was a gun handy? You could argue that kitchen knives have caused a large number of deaths in these situations, but at least you have a chance of overpowering or outrunning a person wielding a knife, you also have a far greater chance of surviving a knife wound than a gunshot.

There is a chance that my home may be broken into. There is nothing that I own that is important enough to me to put my children's lives at risk by having a gun in the house. The NRA have said for years that if you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns. What a crock of crap. Outlaws will continue have guns, but so will the police forces who are paid to defend us from outlaws. Canada is not as safe a place as it was when I was growing up, but I trust that my family and I will be protected from the criminal element.

I know that I am responsible enough to own a gun, but I'm not willing to bet my life that the general population is as responsible.

I believe the second ammendment was written over two hundred years ago. Times were a lot different and the threat of The U.S.A being attacked by any number of countries was still great. The U.S. did not have the military strength assembled that they do now and I could see why in that era it was not a bad idea to have arms readily available just in case a makeshift army had to be assembled in a hurry. But those times are long gone and it is time to stop the carnage. I know that I'm not going to change anyone's views nor they mine. The only thing this forum will prove is that nobody knows what the heck "Ode to Billy Joe" is about.