I am suspicious of guns. Any gun. I am suspicious of anyone who owns a gun. I mean, what are you doing with it exactly? Sleeping with it under your pillow in case of a big, bad, robber? Patrolling your suburban cul-de-sac to keep out unmentionables? Keeping it in your Coach bag, just in case you are mugged on the way to lunch?
No one, besides a few avid hunters that I know, has ever been able to explain why a private citizen would need a gun, most specifically why a private citizen would need a semi-automatic rifle or a glock or a pistol or whatever is vogue these days in the world of home weaponry.
There is absolutely no reason for it.
We've heard the arguments of those gun loving citizens, the NRA types, who say, if law-abiding citizens were not allowed to be armed; then only the lunatics would be armed and all the innocent people with empty gun safes would be the perfect target for the lunatics who were illegally packing heat.
I say, it is all the lunatics who own guns. Maybe you think I am totally wrong. Maybe you think I would change my tune if I were threatened by a gun. But most likely, I would wish that gun had never been manufactured in the first place.
We no longer live in an age of militias; instead we live in an age of mass shootings. And if you had your gun and were in that Aurora, Colorado theater last week, when the "joker" threw smoke bombs and began shooting innocent people, what would you do? In the chaos, would you have tried to aim your handgun in the direction of the shooter, hoping for the best and trying to bring out your internal Navy Seal? And would you have saved the day?
Maybe. But, I doubt it. Instead, you would have missed. Or hit his body armor (maybe you need to upgrade your ammo to pierce body armor). Or hit another one of your theater-going colleagues. Because, guns don't discriminate. Because, guns do one thing really well: kill.
And yeah, I've heard it before: Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Fair enough, a gun lying untouched and unloaded on a table is not going to kill anyone. Neither is a person standing in a movie theater with their hands in their pockets. Guns and people are a toxic mix: they kill people together in perfect, horrifying and evil unity.
Call me unconstitutional, but the right to bear arms is as antiquated as the plume that was used to write it. And if I can't change the constitution, I can say this:
The right to bear arms, comes with the responsibility to fully understand the consequences of bearing those arms. When a gun is loaded and in your hands,or anyone's hands, it is brimming with the possibility of shooting something; of killing or maiming or destroying someone.
And once that gun is shot, the outcome is anyone's guess. It could miss. It could hit. But, that bullet will lodge itself somewhere.
None of this violence will stop until we all admit that the only arms we should be bearing are those on our bodies.