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Sunday, July 11, 1999

GUN-RELATED DEATHS WORTH FREEDOM?

Not too long ago, a foreign friend of mine asked me just how many gun-related deaths would need to occur before I would agree with him that all guns should be banned in the US.

He lives in the UK where ALL guns are illegal. I was very upset with him for this because I felt he wasn't even vaguely understanding why my country wanted it's freedom from his. I mean HOW MANY YEARS has it been and the Brits STILL don't get it?

In case you don't get it either, here's why I will NEVER feel that ALL guns should be banned. I like having choices. In this case it's the choice to arm myself or not, if I should feel the need to. If I am forced to move to a bad neighborhood where gangs rule the streets, I LIKE the idea that I can go buy a gun should anyone threaten me or my loved ones.

"Trust the police to protect you" you say?

Yeah, sure.

All you have to do is watch the news to see how incredibly good they are at protecting the innocent. So, in exchange for me being smart enough to handle a gun (and to know I really don't need one right now) we make the unfortunate trade off that some people in this country don't handle firearms responsibly. It is a big price to pay, but damn it - the right to bear arms and PROTECT ourselves is a right that I hold dear, even though I am against firearms in the home, in general.

Now, I'm not saying ALL guns should be legal, I'm just saying SOME GUNS SHOULD BE LEGAL.

I am ALL FOR GUN CONTROL.

THERE IS NO NEED FOR A CITIZEN TO HAVE AN AUTOMATIC WEAPON. OR EVEN A SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPON.

I've fired a semi-automatic rifle and it was VERY difficult to use. Just regular guns that shoot one bullet per cocking are more than enough to satisfy my love of the right to bare arms.

Guns? What's your take?

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