« on: April 19, 2007, 07:02:26 AM »
and even if they were banned, how would you collect them?
if youve ever seen the bumper sticker, says something like
they can take my gun
out of my cold dead hands
alot of people in the south/sw believe that....
...and quite a few of us in the north believe it, too. I'll bet I'm the only gay person on this board who will say this: "You can take my GUNS from my cold, dead hands."
I have hunted deer with shotgun, crossbow and muzzleloader, and every one was taken ethically, legally and eaten with gusto. I own guns, have my concealed carry license (Ohio), and am proficient in the use of my Kimber CDP .45. Taxes that I pay on guns and ammunition go to state and federal programs protecting wildlife: http://www.fws.gov/laws/laws_digest/fawild.html
I have the inalienable right to defend myself and my loved ones against those who would attempt to take our lives and our freedoms. That said, I am not a "gun-nut," nor do I brandish or use my firearms in acts that bespeak twisted displays of anger. I am just as disturbed by the events at Virginia Tech as others on this board. But taking away my guns, as well as the guns from every other law-abiding gun owner, will not solve this problem.
A legally armed citizen being able to use their concealed carry weapon might have helped minimize the number of lives lost. No, this is not to advocate a "Wild West" type of scenario. I fervently hope I NEVER find myself in such a horrific situation. But I would rather have the chance to fight back and possibly stop the gunman than die knowing I could've done something to stop the bloodshed, but was prevented from doing so because of gun control laws that only controlled me, not the gunman.
Frankly, I view gun control as a way to keep women and minorities--including gays and lesbians--from defending themselves. I think this group has it right: http://www.pinkpistols.org/ "Armed Gays Don't Get Bashed!"
BTW, anyone who wants my delicious homemade venison summer sausage recipe, send me a PM. Tasty, low-fat and 100% Ohio deer meat. Goes great with cheese, crackers and beer!