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On Love and Semi-Automatic Weapons

Today I’ve decided to join the gun conversation.

I just watched Samantha Bee’s conversation on the issue of semi-automatic weapons and the Orlando shooting.  You can find it here, it’s called:  Samantha Bee says Fuck It to the NRA

I agree completely with her that people who are on the terrorist watch list shouldn’t be allowed to purchase guns.

I know this post will not be popular with some of my friends and maybe even family.

But here goes…

I’ve never understood why people ‘have to have’ or are allowed to buy semi-automatic weapons.

I grew up in a hunting family.

Yes, I took gun training.  Dad wanted us all to know how to shoot a gun.  Even if we weren’t interested in hunting.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against hunting.  I fully respected my family that did/do – that’s what we ate.  We grew up on Venison.  It was a treat when we could get hamburger from the grocery store!

But my Dad, Mom, sister or brothers didn’t need a semi-automatic weapon to hunt deer, geese, or ducks. And yes, my Dad bought my Mom a little handgun for when she walked along the highway (which is where we lived)…because a car full of men had harassed a friend of hers that was walking along another highway not far away.

I believe in our right to own guns…just not semi-automatic ones.

Yes, I understand that criminals don’t follow by the rules, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ban them anyway – and then the powers that be can start finding/cracking down on illegal gun sales as they do with drug busts.

The system isn’t perfect, but dear God, is your right to own a semi-automatic weapon more important than people’s lives?

No, you’re not going to do something this horrific…and some say they will use it to defend themselves.

The question then is…do you sleep with it by your bedside? Is it loaded and ready to use? Do you have it with you at all times? Because if you don’t, it’s not going to do you any good. Is a world of people carrying around their semi-automatic weapons the world you want to live in? A world you want your children and grandchildren to live in? What happens when someone with anger issues has a bad day and someone pushes their last button?

Let’s be honest with ourselves…you want to own that semi-automatic weapon because it’s a bad-ass weapon.

Well, shit.  I feel like I live in a circus, but I can’t own an elephant.

How cool would that be?  Well, until it’s time for cleanup…then it’s really not so cool.

I’d ride that thing around town and feel pretty BA myself.

Or hey, if I could have a really tame Lion…and maybe if it had gingivitis or some other gum disease and had all it’s teeth removed…I could walk all over town and even if you knew it didn’t have teeth…you wouldn’t F with me either, would you?

But alas, reality is, there are things I cannot have…

Because it wouldn’t make sense…and it’s not practical.

That is how I feel about semi-automatic weapons.

I have no issue with someone carrying around their handgun in their purse/on their person. But if you haven’t had enough training or don’t feel confident enough that you will make the shot…and so you want your semi-automatic, then you shouldn’t have a gun.

Learn how to use it, be confident, be responsible, and make sure you have an even temperament. If you go into a panic or just get pissed off…as horrible as this sounds, that will be one life you affect. Not 49 plus 53.

Yes, that one life counts too.  That’s where the even temperament and responsibility come into the picture.

Now my next question is why are we losing so many innocent people over hatred.

Where is our tolerance?

Everyone keeps saying we need to love each other.

As much as I wish that were true, the word bullshit comes to mind.

Telling everyone that they NEED to love each other is unrealistic.

The reality is we need to be tolerant of each other.

We don’t have to always love our neighbor or love how they live their lives, but you know what?

It’s their lives…not ours.

While I have NO issue with others sexuality, religion, political beliefs and gender, I will NOT push my beliefs on you or anyone else.

(No I don’t support ISIL…but I do respect the Muslim religion…it is NOT based on hatred.  There are people in EVERY religion that take things too far/change the rules to suit their own desires. In my mind the ISIL organization is a cult.)

Will I encourage you?

Yes.

But your beliefs are your beliefs…I may not always understand them, but that’s not my job.

My job is to live a good life to the best of my ability.

I’m not perfect, neither are you.

This is my opinion.

Maybe it gives you some food for thought, maybe it doesn’t.

Enough said.

Patty O

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  1. Dearest Patty-

    We think so much alike! I also grew up in a hunting family, went deer hunting and pheasant hunting with my dad. I took hunters safety. My dad and my brother own guns. My brother owns more than I realized since he lives in Chicago. I understand the fear that some people have living in certain areas of the country. I don’t understand the notion that regulating guns means we’re doing away with the 2nd amendment. The gun lobby has brainwashed people into thinking that the dems want to take away all of their gun rights. That is SO not true. There’s no common sense anymore. Weapons that fire hundreds of rounds of ammo? Really? We don’t live in Iraq. Demonizing an entire religion? Most of our mass gun shootings were done by white Christian males. There has been an ongoing debate here about people being able to bring weapons onto campus. If someone did come in and start shooting and someone else pulls out their gun, when the police show up how do they know who the good guys are from the bad guys? I don’t want to work in an environment with people carrying guns. I don’t want to go to church with people carrying. And there are churches in Fargo where they are allowed. I also don’t feel we should just “tolerate” people if we don’t like how they look, share what they believe or pray the way they do. We need to accept people for who they are. Gay, straight, black, white and everything in-between. I’m also tired of people who claim to be Christian and then preach non-Christian attitudes. I don’t want any part of that type of religion or faith community. We also need to figure out why we have so many mentally ill people in our country. We don’t want to pay for health care or mental health care but we’ll spend millions to spew hate. I have very little respects for those who think Donald Trump is the answer. So, that is my political view and if that means people don’t like me because I’m too liberal or “politically correct” (I hate that term, it’s a right wing talking point) I’m just someone who doesn’t want to judge others and respects those different from myself. There’s too much subtle and not so subtle racism in our country and we’re just too arrogant to admit it.

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    June 16, 2016

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