For the Children

Robyn Ringler thinks it’s time for a change, for the children.

It did not escape me that the hog was killed with 8 bullets from a .50 caliber magnum revolver which I have been told is an unwieldy hunting gun, difficult particularly for a boy to handle, and is probably the reason it took so long and so many shots to kill the poor pig so cruelly.

It certainly wouldn’t have been my weapon of choice for an animal so large, but it’s not an unreasonable choice. I would have probably chosen a .50 BMG or rough ballistic equivalent for game so large, but a large caliber handgun, while not ideal in my view, isn’t a horrid choice, especially given the shooter’s age. A large caliber rifle might be a bit much to lug around.

In regard to the .50 caliber sniper rifle, many have made the point that it has not YET been used to shoot down a plane and has not YET been used to kill a lot of people. But, that is typical of America. We seem to wait for tragedy and then we take action. I want to PREVENT tragedy before it happens. I don’t believe I’m acting unreasonably afraid or emotional. I believe there is a real threat of terrorism from the .50 caliber sniper rifle and that it should be banned.

Yes, how very typical of America that we are very protective of our constitutional rights, and are demanding of those insisting we restrict them. And yes, you are acting irrationally and afraid, because there are other rifle calibers out there with capabilities similar to the .50BMG, which are used for big game hunting, which you’re not talking about banning. You want to ban .50 cals because they look scary.

Ironically, the argument that a particular weapon should not be banned if it has not already caused sufficient harm seems to support an argument (which I have not made) for the banning of guns that HAVE caused sufficient harm, namely, the handguns most often used in homicides, suicides and accidents involved in almost 30,000 gun deaths each year in America.

And they are used, even by conservative estimates, about 800,000 times a year by Americans in self-defense. They are also used by millions of Americans, including myself, for sport.

In regard to the question of whether we should consider children engaging in gang activity “children” when they are killed by guns, the answer is unequivocally yes. Children are children no matter who kills them with guns, even if they kill each other. We, as a society, are allowing them to have guns by not preventing them from having guns. WE are responsible.

Last I checked, federal and state laws prohibit children from purchasing firearms, or possessing them outside of lawful, supervised activity. Since this is already illegal, how are more laws going to help?

If banning guns in the inner cities is not keeping guns out of the hands of 12, 13, and 14 year old children, then we need to think of another way. I repeat. We need to keep children in the inner cities out of the gun loop. It is the only responsible thing to do.

I agree, we need to think of another way, so will you agree then that gun control is a mostly useless method for doing this?  If you want ideas on how to reduce inner city violence, maybe we can agree that the “War on Drugs” has been an utter failure, and has done nothing except encouraged a violent black market trade.   Perhaps the time has come, rather than criminalizing gun possession, we should decriminalize drugs.

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  1. Robyn Ringler has not killed anyone while driving drunk. Yet. Therefore, to prevent this happening, any alcohol should be banned before there is a chance for this to occur.

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