I’ve never been pro or anti-gun. I’ve just never had an opinion on it. It is a hot issue, but one I’ve never felt strongly about. I know that getting guns off the streets could mean less crime. I know that most gun crime is committed by guns obtained illegally. I don’t think you need semi-automatic or automatic weapons to hunt deer. I see both sides of the argument and dangle my feet on both sides of the fence. I’ve never wanted a gun but to each their own.
Lately I have been thinking more and more about owning one. Not because I’m afraid of crime or because I want to carry a concealed weapon (that’s legal in Missouri). It really comes down to the amount of nutjobs there are in the world right now. No, I’m not talking Tom Cruise believes aliens dropped frozen souls into volcanoes type of nutjobs. I’m talking about people who are so easily manipulated that they get whipped up into a frenzy even though what they are yelling about makes no sense. I’m talking about allowing people who don’t have the mental capacity to own guns suddenly buying them. Or people who have no problem burning people in effigy.
The point is, there are some crazy people out there and when people who are supposed to be responsible leaders shout fire and brimstone from their pulpit, nothing good can come. Look at the racist, bigoted, nonsensical things that have come about from the tea baggers and the birthers. Look at Glenn Beck, Michele Bachmann, and Michelle Malkin. Look at the hatred in the last campaign from Sarah Palin supporters. It was disgusting. I know owning a gun isn’t going change these nutjobs, but if these people are armed and get in their heads there needs to be a revolution, why shouldn’t I be able to protect myself against these lunatics? The prospect of owning a gun is becoming more and more appealing.