As gun owner [shotguns for hunting] I am tired of reading about the usual tragedies
The shootings have come at a relentless pace. Gun violence this year has cut through celebrations and funerals, places of work and houses of worship. It has taken lives at a grocery store and in a fast-food drive-through lane.
And most of all, it has unfolded on city streets and in family homes, away from the cameras and far from the national spotlight.
By almost every measure, 2021 has already been a terrible year for gun violence. Many fear it will get worse. Last weekend alone, more than 120 people died in shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive, with three especially dangerous incidents in Austin, Chicago and Savannah, Ga., leaving two dead and at least 30 injured.
Above article out-take is from the Washington Post, see link above.
I will not carry a gun to defend myself from assholes, and why should I have to? In fact, I believe it would only increase the carnage, as I have no training [nor do I want any] in urban warfare.
A gun’s place 99% of the time is in a locked gun cabinet, with ammunition stored in a separate lock box.
I have hunted woodcock and ducks all my life with our dogs, I limit my ammunition to two dozen cartridges a year and I miss about 50% of the time. It’s a pastime, not a necessity.
Gun-related deaths are not uncommon. In 2016 alone, more than 250,000 people died as a result of firearms worldwide. About 64% of gun deaths were the results of homicide, about 27% of suicide, and 9% for accidental injuries caused by firearms.
There must be
- Complete background checks before purchase is permitted.
- Documented training.
- Inspections to ensure proper storage.
- All sales of weapons and ammunition should be fully recorded.
An “accidental shooting” should carry and ban for life if indeed it was an accident.
Certain types of weapons should be banned [rate of fire, magazine capacity etc].
Open carry and concealed carry, why?
I demand the right not to be armed.
I demand the right not to be shot.