Thursday, January 24, 2013
If guns kill people, do pencils misspell words? People kill people, we have heard it a hundred times, but it is true.
According to Sen. Feinstein, so-called “assault” weapons have been used in 385 murders since the assault weapons ban expired in 2004, or about 48 per year. But, there were 8,583 total murders with guns in the United States in 2011, meaning the so-called “assault” weapons were used 0.6 percent of the time.
Furthermore, the FBI database shows that 323 murders were committed with rifles of any kind in 2011. In comparison, 496 murders were committed with hammers and clubs, and 1,694 were perpetrated with knives.
I was a police officer for 29 years and I am here to tell you the police can’t react quick enough to stop a criminal from breaking into your home to do harm to you or your family.
I own “assault” rifles and I hunt with all of them. One rifle saved me from being mauled by a bear. After I retired I used an “assault” rifle to stop two burglars from entering the home of my neighbor. Would our community be any safer if I was told I could not possess an “assault” rifle or I could not have a magazine containing more than 10 rounds? In both incidents I had an “assault” rifle and large capacity magazine, so I felt confident I could handle the situation.
Let’s get the definition of an “assault” rifle in perspective. It’s a semi-automatic rifle, with a flash suppressor, a pistol grip and maybe a folding stock. Other than these options that affect the way the weapon “looks,” they function the same as any other semi-automatic rifle, pistol or shotgun does; you pull the trigger fire one shot, pull the trigger again and fire another shot.
What is the solution to saving our kids? I don’t know, but do you dismiss having armed guards in schools or having armed teachers? After 9/11 we placed armed federal officers on airplanes, and sent pilots to school and taught them to shoot. My neighbor is an armed pilot for a major airlines. I’m glad he has a gun.
When I was in high school a lot of us had guns in our vehicles. No one thought about killing our classmates. We live in a different time, we need to figure out why our kids are killing kids.