A friend told me of some B&E's going on in his neighborhood, which is in the vicinity of my house. We live in the country, so vicinity can mean several miles, but you still have to be careful. Apparently the authorities think it may be gang related. It would appear that part of a local gang initiation is to break into a house in the bedroom community in which we live. So last night I loaded my 870 Express burglar alarm. Granted it won't tell me when someone is breaking in, but it will alarm the hell out of whoever it is if I am there to chamber that first round. A pump shotgun makes an unmistakable sound when a round is chambered. I would venture to bet it is universal to anyone, but am certain it is universal to anyone in the US who is in the business of B&E. And my gut tells me I probably won't even have to fire the thing, although I should if not just to clean the dust out of the barrel. I might only get to clean up the puddle of pee (or other excrement) left behind by the thug who thought they had more right to my possessions than me.
At times I wonder how long I will enjoy this freedom. I keep a pistol in my glove box and have 5 rifles, 3 shotguns, and 2 pistols in my gun safe. The burglar alarm stays beside my bed. I have two children. I know it is loaded and they know it is loaded. And I have taught my children how to respect and handle a gun from an early age. Growing up, my dad's guns (which make up part of my arsenal) weren't even in a safe. Guns and ammo were all on the gun rack in the den. I knew well the danger of firearms and the extreme danger of touching them without permission (my dad's foot does not fit in my ass very comfortably). By the time I was a teenager I had earned his respect and trust. I could grab the .22 and go shoot cans without supervision. I grew up with guns and my children have too.
I digress a little. My question is where are we going with gun control and where should we go? The Constitution grants us a right to keep and bear arms. It doesn't say what kind specifically, but it does say we can keep and bear arms. The far left liberal masses would love to see all firearms banned. This would surely make the streets and citizens safer. I am certain the gangs would cease there initiation rituals once the law abiding population was disarmed (note sarcasm for those not catching it). And the right wing extremist want to keep any control from happening as there can be no middle ground between left and right and right and wrong. This is why conservative logic is so needed in our society and why we need leaders who exercise some logic.
Do we need assault rifles? Beyond the military and police I would argue no. Do we need armor piercing, cop killing ammo? Again, beyond the above obvious, no. But you should also realize that many of the guns targeted for control that are labeled assault weapons are merely semi-automatic, demilitarized versions of the military weapons. In this case, they may look like a duck, but they sure don't walk like a duck or quack like a duck. Most people have these for display power, not fire power. Should I ever have to defend my 30 acres, give me a hunting rifle. I will say that the compact nature of the assault weapons would be handy if the fighting ever got close, but again, I digress a little.
At the end of the day, we have one major problem. The right and left do not trust each other. And truth be told, I don't blame them cause I don't either. We need some logical controls. There are certain arms we really don't need to bear. But there are plenty of arms that we don't need to ban. The criminals will always have more firepower than the law abiding. This has been the case since prohibition (or before). But they are criminals. You know, THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE LAW. As for me, leave my guns alone.