Sometimes you read a post that makes you want to applaud. That was my reaction to this one by alexthechick:
Gentlemen: I see that you have chosen to use the horrific crime of the murder of Kasandra Perkins to express your belief that guns are the problem, not the men who wield them. I am utterly certain that you believe that you have the moral high ground on this matter. I am equally certain that such a belief is appallingly wrong, not to mention terribly misogynistic. Why do I say this? Because had your desires on gun control been in place, I would not be alive to be writing this now.
I have an Ex. I have an Ex who, in the process of becoming my Ex, made credible threats to kill me. Why did I believe these threats were credible? Because among the primary reasons why I left him were that he had anger control issues, that he was a problem drinker well on his way to full blown alcoholism and that the things he was throwing at me were getting ever closer to my head. I decided to leave before finally snapped and actually hit me. He was displeased by this and made such displeasure known.
Do you know what kept me safe? Not some piece of paper. Not a judge tut tutting at him and shaking his/her finger and telling him to leave me alone. Not the police, who, after all, would only be able to respond once he had caused me harm. No, what kept me safe was my Glock. What kept me safe was my Glock and the fact that he knew I had both the ability and the will to empty a clip into his chest if he made good on his statements that if I did not come back, I would not see the next week. He never tried to do any of the things he screamed he would because he knew that not only would I defend myself but that I could. My Ex was nearly a foot taller than me and, at the time, had about 150 pounds on me. If he had been able to get close enough to me to harm me, there were very few options I had to protect myself. But with my Glock, well, I would be able to stop him before he got that close. I am alive today because he knew that if he tried to make that otherwise, there was a better than even chance he would be the one lying there in a pool of blood instead of me.
In case you missed it, on Saturday Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher took a gun and murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before killing himself. Some people have used the tragedy to argue for gun control.
There are literally millions of guns in this country. Nobody knows for sure how many there are but even conservative estimates put the number in excess of 100 million firearms. Every year less than one percent of those guns are misused to injure or kill people.
Thousands of times a year guns are used properly in self defense. There is no uniform data on how many times a gun is used to stop or deter crime, but approximately 600 justifiable homicides are committed each year with firearms. Meanwhile, millions of people go hunting and/or target shooting each year.
The illegal use of firearms should be severely punished. Gun owners should be held to a high stand of care when it comes to gun safety. I would support a law that put the burden of proof on the owner to prove that he/she was not negligent whenever there is an accidental shooting involving a child. But guns should remain legal.
One nickname for a handgun is an “equalizer”. To paraphrase an old saying, “God created men and women, Samuel Colt made them equal”.