Sunday, February 10, 2013
It is sad to hear the cavalier attitude of the NRA preying on the emotions of a clearly upset nation. It’s insulting to hear the executives of NRA talk about comic book depictions of “Bad Guys vs Good Guys.”
The NRA might be better driven to begin an aggressive campaign on gun owner responsibilities and safety. But their first line of attack is to fan the flames of fear that guns will be confiscated. Why is licensing, registration and comprehensive background checks a threat to owning an firearm?
When I was a teenager, I belonged to a girls’ team of target shooting with .22s. I loved it. Great emphasis was placed on safety, responsibility and the care of our equipment. We had it drilled into us to respect other peoples’ property.
In no way would we use our rifles to intimidate another person. We certainly didn’t practice being an accurate shot by using a target shaped to look like a human. It was circles with a big black center.
Lately, we have seen on TV, young men openly and inappropriately parading in public family spaces with assault rifles slung over their shoulders. They say that they are demonstrating their right to bear arms. Is this the NRA message to its members? Really?
Personally, I would look at those individuals as weak, insecure and a bit unstable. The message they portray is intimidation.
Other than law enforcement and the military, I wonder why the average person needs to heft an assault rifle containing many bullets? An assault rifle is not a target precision weapon. An assault rifle for hunting strafes an animal with multiple bullets that surely will ruin the meat and may only maim the animal and insure a painful death.
The constitutional right to bear arms is one thing. The hysterical right to carry guns around openly seems a bit much.
Is that person just looking for someone who qualifies for an armed confrontation? More guns available for the kinds of people who have killed is not the answer.
I don’t have an answer. I just feel sad to see Americans react with a “shoot ’em up attitude” to a complex problem.