Remember, on this site we operate under the “Burger&Beerz” conditions. Everything I post, comes from a place of informality and casualness. I’m not going to pretend to change the world, so don’t read what I say expecting that.
That being said, I buy my first gun today. The timing of this couldn’t be more loaded with the horribleness in San Bernardino. I debated myself for 2 hours this morning as to whether I should post this or not. I decided to do it to prove to myself that I could write in an non inflammatory way about an issue that has people literally “up in arms”.
If you know me, you know I have been around guns my whole life. I have never actually purchased one for myself though. Today is the day. I am looking into Glock 19’s because they are widely considered a top tier home defense caliber weapon. I do not need a Desert Eagle or some high powered hand cannon. I think the biggest thing that has sold me on the Glock 19, is the simplicity of its design. Easy to take apart, easy to clean, easy to conceal within the home.
The choice itself, is not why I am posting about this purchase however. I wanted to talk about gun ownership as a whole, and the type of things expected of a good gun owner.
Before I start talking about how I feel about gun ownership, I think it would be a good starting place for you to take a second here. Take that second, and think about the perfect gun owner you would hope exists. Because, unfortunately for some of the mega anti gun people out there, there are north of 300 millions weapons floating around the USA. They aren’t going anywhere. So, lets picture for ourselves the extreme example of gun ownership (keeping in mind most guns are kept at home). Lets picture a man in public carrying a gun. What characteristics of a gun owner would you want this man to have? What safety practices, gun limitations, and concealment would your perfect gun owner have?
Listen, in my home and experiences with other gun owners only the most precautious gun ownership measures have been preached and practiced. From an early age I learned about sweeping, the non existent safety, and respect. Our weapons are securely stored, and understood to be items capable of accidental death if mishandled. I will grow up a responsible adult, who’s gun will only ever be handled (hopefully) at the gun range. My children will grow up understanding the power and danger of the weapons in the house, and learn the proper safety measures to keep themselves and others alive and well. And my family and I will grow together, with a precaution against evil.
Here is where another debate took place for myself. People enjoy a false sense of security in our world. I am not trying to be one of those people who spreads fear. You probably will never come across a situation in which you would need to use a weapon. The falsehood that those situations are as rare as unicorns on the other hand, is just as misleading as the NRA propaganda. My debate was to post a highly graphic link to the home invasion rape, and murders that have taken place within America just this year. The simple fact is that you stand a good chance of being safe simply because of how many people there are in our country, not because the incidents of danger don’t arise in alarmingly high numbers. Have people forgotten the randomness of the Jeffery Dahmers?
It was utterly shocking to me that in a recent conversation about that exact name, the person I was speaking to kinda of laughed and nodded in an awed way “Yeah, that was some real messed up shit”. I don’t think that person was mental, I just think that these types of criminals are so awful to think about and fully comprehend, that as a society we go into a sort of denial/disbelief.
The disbelief that evil can strike like lightening can be extremely dangerous when you are an adult responsible for protecting your family. So with evil and the existence of guns in mind, lets finish our picture of the perfect gun owner.
Remember, this is not a debate about gun control. Lets operate here as if he is in accordance with all California carry statues. He went through the varying background checks California requires for gun purchases. Then he spent the time and effort going through the courses required to obtain and maintain your conceal permit. What type of gun ownership practices do we hope this man has?
For me, I hope this man goes to the range once a month. Not only is going to the range ensuring that he is refining his shooting ability (we don’t want someone pulling a gun in public and spraying widely) but it is also reaffirming safe gun practice. All ranges have safety requirements, the more we preach it, the better. Not only do I hope he is going to the range, but I hope he has taken and continues to take tactical courses on active shooters regularly. So you can shoot, have a conceal permit, and carry a weapon. If you lose your head when a situation goes poorly, you are more detrimental to the situation than helpful. I hope that he attends training offered by ex or current law enforcement so he can learn his place as a concealed carry individual. So I hope this man can shoot, practices safety measures religiously, and fully understands his role in an active shooter scenario.
I believe this man is a capable and deserving candidate to carry conceal. But more than that, I think this person points to how we should be treating gun ownership. Not all individuals are brought up in situations like mine or the best gun owners; preaching safety and respect. But almost all members of society can purchase firearms. We have shown time, and time again that background checks are damn near a meaningless platitude. Just like the right wing gun advocates offering prayers to the victims. Whether an active shooter comes from terror, mental illness, gang violence, or the random, background checks rarely serve as inhibitors.
Laying law after law on weapons to make it harder for people to purchase them does very little when it is so easy for an individual to hide their true intentions. The road that course takes you is plain to see. Guns will never go away remember. There are 300 million plus here in America today. You eventually make weapons so hard to obtain legally that most weapons are purchased illegally. Just like prohibition, you have now turned what could have been responsible gun owners into criminals. I personally promise you, I will always be a gun owner. Whether I have to get them legally or illegally. I have a responsibility to protect my kith and kin. Guns will always be available. That is a fact of life. Finding a course to live safely as best as we can with their existence is the true key.
We talk about changing the Middle East right? People seem to like the idea that by instilling more education, and avenues to experience differing cultures we may be able to bridge a gap for the younger generations. I don’t understand why this sort of thing isn’t applied to gun ownership. Yes certain households preach safety, but the government does not require that same knowledge that creates a good owner be had upon obtaining a new firearm.
Thats not a background check thing. Thats an education thing. Now, I am not lobbying for any particular way to go about that. I am just saying that the laws currently being discussed around gun control don’t actually address the issues at hand. Preventing the mentally insane and terrorism are completely different matters from creating responsible gun owners.
People are afraid. I get that. We have radicals, and the mental ill obtaining firearms and killing in great quantities. People want that to stop and think that by making weapons harder and harder to obtain it will detract from the violence. I would contest that point for one simple reason that I’ve already stated. Guns are not going anywhere. If you drive weapons to an illegal market you are creating a non regulated market of gun ownership. So now, not only do we have the radicals and mentally unstable with weapons, but a whole base of home gun owners who can have any varying degree of responsibility.
If you could pick me up and drop me into a world where guns have never existed nor would ever exist, I would gladly go. Without a doubt, a world where killing quickly in large numbers is impossible is a better world. You know what, let me go back and highlight that for everyone. That world just is not a reality. Responsibility and the threat of mutual destruction has kept the world from plunging into a radioactive wasteland. Creating good owners who are responsible and properly respect the dangerous capacity of their weapons makes for a safer country.
My point here, is that I believe in gun control. I really do. I just believe that we are going about it in a completely skewed, improper way. I believe in background checks (while not believing their degree of usefulness), but way more than that, or any other gun control limitation, I believe that creating good gun owners is the true way to achieve maximum safety.
I hope I achieved my goal of writing in a non inflammatory way. The world sucks sometimes, and I believe in being prepared to defend my loved ones against that.
For further reading on this topic that I HIGHLY suggest check the link
He takes an actual stance on how we should move forward with gun control itself. More than that though he preaches a thinking paradigm shift in regards to the gun issue.