Madness and Gun Control

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Handgun Photo by M. Connors

Handgun --Photo by M. Connors  (Morguefile)

 

With mass shootings and incidents of terrorism on the increase in North America, as responsible adults and long-time gun *owners, we would be negligent not to ask questions and consider the complex issues of obsession, madness and gun control. Here at Incoming Bytes we encourage readers to think for themselves and seek solutions, but also to use reason, logic, common sense, and practice communicating skills effectively rather than cowering in fear, gasping in frustration, and living in  unfettered paranoia.  Bottom line, we must not remain silence in response to these senseless tragedies.

We offer our sincerest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to families of those killed or injured in events involving senseless gun violence and terrorist acts, particularly those occurring most recently in California, and Paris, France.

Madness and Gun Control

It never ceases to amaze this Canadian how discussions on gun ownership and  gun control in the United States of America has become so extreme, polarized, politicized, and blown up beyond reason.  Gun ownership is considered by many to  be a God-given, or at the very least, a constitutional,  inalienable right. If the United States does not have the highest concentration per capita concentrations of guns in the world, it certainly has the highest concentration of obsession,  fear and self-entitlement related to gun ownership. Let us call it what it is;  gun madness and gun control.  Yes, gun madness and gun control —worth repeating.

Somehow, in the United States of America,   ' We the People',  based on the original, US Constitution, Second Amendment rules supreme.  Subsequent 'interpretations ' nudged into effect by test cases in law, creative lobbyists, NRA influenced courts or not,  have gone far beyond simply and collectively being allowed to bear arms in a well-organized militia.    Citizens are  encouraged to buy, possess, enjoy,  and use any and all guns without purpose, reason, or intent, and almost unbelievably, in some jurisdictions, guns may be purchased without mandatory background checks for mental instability, violence, convictions, or criminal activity.  Background checks may be fast-tracked,  avoided, or simply and arrogantly not bothered with .  How about that. The American way.

Madness and Gun Control. You Crazy? Criminal?

Potential gun buyers may be  unstable,  anti-social, terrorist-affiliated, good old-boy possum-hunting rednecks, target-shooters, inventors of boom-bang,  members of private militias with paranoid leaders,  itchy uniforms and trigger-fingers, racists intent upon cleansing the earth,  dangerous religious zealots intent upon converting the religions of the world, conspiracy theorists or apocalyptic survivalists wearing camo...patriots all.  No matter.  Criminals,  back-yard mechanics and your everyday gardening-Grannies, any and all may purchase guns.  Those who wish to protect themselves in their cars, the shopping mall, or provide security at home, may purchase guns. Punk car thieves,  drug dealers, hardened criminals, home invaders, or first-time burglars begging to be shot for stupidity can get guns illegally.  No matter who we are, we can get guns. It's our right, they say.

Sophisticated Hardware: Essential for Everyday People: NOT.

Are sophisticated automatic assault  weapons essential for everyday people?  No,— yet ordinary, everyday people have  access to modern weapons more suitable for war, if not over the counter, out the back door. Guns of all kinds, readily available to anyone with cash. The right price. Money,  green, or stained with red.

Guns  offered to the public are highly variable. Expensive or cheap.  Saturday-night Specials.  Legal or smuggled.  Equally accessible are  six-guns complete with quick-draw outfits,  combat Glocks with laser sights. Machine pistols, other high-capacity magazine-fed automatic handguns.  Hunting rifles in all calibers, shotguns, sawn-off or not, law-enforcement versions, all  in endless variety and great supply, new or used, from Peewee .22's  to .50 calibre buffalo-gun black-powder antique copies ready to assemble.  Fully-automatic military assault rifles, questionable for  'hunting'  at best, may be purchased in friendly mom&pop  gun-shops or from the trunk of the nearest parked car.

Assault Rifles
Assault Rifles

All may turn up in  Mr. & Mrs. Smith-style secret collections in upscale neighborhoods.   NRA-obsessed individuals insist  guns of all types should be legal, inferring inclusion of any guns, even sophisticated military version hardware—is essential to satisfy the Second Amendment.  Let that sink in.   Let us quell our paranoia at the home-made shooting range in  Everyman's Back Yard by buying more guns. Your neighbour's paranoia has been encouraged to grow with your own,  so don't forget to pick up the carry permits, a few thousand rounds,  and a couple more assault rifles, that's a given. The baddies are coming. Buy another gun. 

Guns  are carelessly stored and inevitably, left loaded and fatally accessible to children, but that sad fact somehow evades the paranoid pro-gun,  the obsessed.  It is apparent that  gun "rights"  trump community and family safety;  "rights" without logic and common sense clearly spill blood of the innocent.  Lack of training is often ignored. Background checks are avoided or by-passed.    Madness and illogical government policy on gun controls lacking common sense  run riot-- Ineffectively.  Inexplicably. Unbelievably.

So much for the U.S.A., but north of the border,  *WE  have been responsible Canadian gun owners for many decades and personally haven't shot a single soul yet.  Go figure. Gasp...we, too,  have guns.

The Canadian Way

  Canadian citizens were arbitrarily subjected to the  (then Liberal) government's  knee-jerk legislated  'Long gun registry'.  That problematic registry was initiated and installed  at the  ridiculous cost of more than TWO billion dollars,  and instantly and completely  banned some classes of guns, automatic weapons,  high-capacity magazines, making possession of such equipment or any unregistered firearm an instant criminal offense.  In doing so it also turned responsible, law-abiding  collectors, farmers and hunters into criminals, —but certainly did not register or remove guns, automatic,  banned or not, from the hands of drug dealers, fanatics,  murderers or the criminally-insane. 

The  Dec. 6, 1989 Montreal massacre at a Montreal university, the Ecole Polytechique, was committed by an unstable, woman-hating, Marc Lepine, a young man  with low self-esteem and serious mental issues.   The perpetrator used a Ruger Mini-14, a common hunting rifle when he  separated women from the men in an engineering class,  shooting 28 individuals, and  killing fourteen women. The ill-thought-out long gun registry legislation was subsequently passed in a Liberal government  bid to be seen as somehow  "solving" the problem of gun violence and violence against women.

The next-elected  Conservative government abolished the wasteful long gun registry and 'reportedly' destroyed registration data.  But, dear readers, do not cheer too quickly. The 'Canadian way' applies.

  • With a current NEW Federal majority Liberal government, ( elected Oct.19  2015 )  rumors are circulating that gun legislation in Canada will be revisited to repeal and modify  Bill C-42, (originally called  the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act by the Conservatives) creating tighter 'guidelines' and more potential  headaches for honest gun owners. 

  • The Province of Quebec also separately intends to build it's own, separate long gun registry after challenging, in the courts,  the right of the Federal government to destroy Federal  long gun registry data collected in Quebec. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5-4 in favour of the Conservative Government, —and the Quebec records were supposedly destroyed. Really.

Wow. Brilliant.  We look forward to more pro-gun and anti-gun madness. Legitimate, peaceful gun owners are not delighted.   A change of government used as a justifiable basis for yet more partisan legislation, madness and gun control? 

What is your perception of  'rights'?   Do YOU own guns? Do YOU have any rights?  Will you have any in the future? Think. You decide. 

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*Disclaimer:  For the record,  I am Canadian and a responsible gun owner.  We have been peaceful, responsible gun owners for many decades in rural Canada.  Go figure.

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About Raymond Alexander Kukkee

A published author and freelance writing professional, Raymond lives and writes in Northwestern Ontario.
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8 Responses to Madness and Gun Control

  1. Good article, Raymond. You make a lot of good points. I will never tell if I own a gun for two reasons. One, if I don’t have one, I don’t want a criminal knowing that. Two, if I do own a gun, I don’t want a criminal knowing it. The first so they don’t think I am an easy target that can easily be killed, the second because I don’t want them breaking into my house to get my guns, if in fact I do have them. 🙂

    It is so important to learn how to handle a gun properly and to respect the weapon, but most importantly to respect human life. If you don’t have one, you don’t have the other. I don’t personally know any gun owners who aren’t responsible with their weapons. So proud that my grandson has a man to teach him how to hunt for food, but respect the gun because it can kill people too. There are a lot of crazies out there and there isn’t a darn thing that will stop them if they want the weapons, tough “gun control” or not.

    Thank you, my Canadian friend!

    • Well said, Dawn, so many excellent comments. It’s never a good idea for a homeowner to make public details whether guns are kept in the home or not. Beside the element of not knowing, thieves do search for and target specific weapons, just like automobiles, ‘theft to order’.
      The requirement for firearm training is also common sense –which certainly does seem to be lacking at times. I’m glad to hear your grandson is being taught gun safety. Thank you for commenting “:) ~R

  2. Diane Quinn says:

    What do I think? I think that without common sense restrictions on assault type weapons (designed to kill people), improved background checks prior to ownership, and regulations that mandate gun ownership classes, as well as improved ways to monitor our population suffering from mental health issues, we are doomed here in the U.S. to more killings. I am less worried about ISIS in the Middle East sending terrorists into our country than I am about our own home-grown, crazy, gun-totting radicals with an IQ of 10. BTW, did you know that most killings in the U.S. are not of other people, but suicides? I found that statistic interesting. As I listened to Donald Trump’s recent nationalist, xenophobic rant reminiscent of Hitler, then watched his crowd of 10,000 cheering him on, I felt sick to my stomach. (Sorry, I diverted my comments into the political arena too. However, many of those 10,000 people are the same radical gun owners I criticized above.) Until our government can convince common-sense gun owners (most use theirs for hunting and target shooting) that their right to own a gun is not in jeopardy, they will not push back against the crazies in the NRA. Oh dear….I’m venting!

    • Hi Diane, thank you so much for making these observations, venting or not, these are truths; this is the discussion required to address the current madness and gun control issues. Suicides and home-grown lunatics with an ‘agenda’ ARE an issue. Some of these horrific mass shooting events are precipitated by mental health issues, brainwashing, social issues, misogyny, disenfranchisement, injustice, economic frustration, lack of opportunity, you name it. The terrorist threat problem is growing, so the current fear and paranoia about gun control is promoted, logic is ignored or destroyed completely. NRA extremists are certainly unhelpful in resolving these issues. Governments have not been helpful either –leadership has become a problematic issue. In observation, Donald Trump is cultivating and taking advantage of the public’s growing fear and paranoia….not a good thing. People who are afraid are much easier to control…. Thank you again for commenting, Diane –these comments are much appreciated. ~R

  3. as Dianne Quinn stated, some weapons are ‘designed’ to kill..of course anything can be used to kill; but it would be a lot slower and safer if militarized munitions were not on the open market.
    the above comments have covered all points in this troubling issue. mine are personal, my children and i have been on the kissing end of a ” long gun.. and their father was killed by a short one too..also i am aware of potential self harm in some people i know.. i read bumper stickers and am subjected to radio rhetoric..plentiful in these pre-elect times.
    all i have to add is that those who can make intelligent noise and make sense must do so quickly before the assault rifles run out on the gun show tables and professional on-demand suppliers go hunting for more.
    i am not a criminal, nor a mechanic, but i am a fierce gardener, aim to grow some healthful awareness here. fear is no match for mindfulness. that is our right to educate ourselves and practice humanship.

    • Hi Nadine,

      Thank you so much for relating your real life experience with this issue…so many people forget the issue of gun control and madness can become very personal if they, or their families, are directly involved in tragic events –fatalities or not. The concerns raised by your poignant comments must be a part of the discussion and solutions to this growing social problem. Somehow ‘rhetoric’ and ‘sides’ become a moot point when fatalities and genuine, real lives are involved.
      It is our opinion that reason, logic, and common sense MUST be used in all decisions. Weapons will always be found and used if a perpetrator has enough willful intent to kill in his/her agenda.
      Restricting automatic assault- type weapons would certainly reduce fatality numbers, but we know that will not eliminate the social issues which precipitate events. We must begin addressing the root social issues. Awareness of those issues combined with social justice and dignified remedies /proposals to resolve poverty, racism, economic disparity, homelessness, religious zealotry, radicalization, hate, bullying, etc. will indeed bear fruit –eventually.
      It is our obligation to do so. Such is the life of a fierce gardener. Producing food for thought…..Thank you again for commenting, Nadine, much appreciated…. “:) ~R

  4. as i wrote ‘practice humanship’ calling for active humanity–your reply was a map to such direction..the goal being never to negate or even to restrict–but to elevate the very people who are subject to react negatively to the pressures of , and i quote you “poverty, racism,economic disparity, homelessness, religious zealotry, radicalization, hate, bullying”
    that is a list which should top the political agenda; a guide for civic action..the rest would eventually resolve itself by degrees. no need for petty laws when the focus is to fill and redistribute personal empowerment.
    thanks again. a healthy new year to all.

    • Absolutely, Nadine! You are SO right on. Elevating the people is the right solution…. That ‘guide for civic action’ as you have so correctly named it, would result in many of the issues themselves disarmed before violence was ‘perceived’ to be the solution. “No need for petty laws” or at least a large reduction in the need for same would result. Thank you so much for making these comments–careful analysis and thoughtful solutions are badly needed in our society at this time. Have a prosperous and Happy New Year! ~R

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