Ok, I feel the need to respond. I am amazed at the response to this post, and for all the wrong reasons. The majority of posters seemed offended by and only latched on to the following:
Now, I know that gun owners are a paranoid bunch and often not of a highly educated crop, but are they aware of the irony here? And can we on the left come right out and brand gun owners, NRA members, and anyone else who loves to shoot holes into things that did not have them nor require them, officially "responsible" once and for all?I want to retract this statement. Gun owners, like anyone else, can pay for an education, get a Masters, a PHD, whatever. Perhaps they have multiple degrees with honors. To that I say congratulations! I realize it was wrong to be critical of your education and the time and effort you spent obtaining it.
That said, I want to make a further clarification. What I should have said was that while gun owners are still a paranoid bunch, which there is really no argument, I should have clarified that those who feel the need to shoot holes into things lack common sense.
NounYou see, practically speaking, owning an arsenal of weapons and the bullets to fill them is not common sense. It is dangerous, agressive and truly serves no greater good. Sure we are a violent people, that much is certain. But imagine if nobody had a gun. Where would we be then? Ok, so there would be clubbings, stabbings, punchings, maybe even bombings. But regular people just walking into public places and killing everything that moves? Not so much. That's not to say they would not give it their best effort, however the end result would be much different.
Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters.
Now, once again I am sure most of the posters will disagree with me and be angry and tell me I am offending them. Well, to that I say walking into a school and shooting little kids is offensive. Allowing people to own weapons that cause this much carnage on a now monthly basis is offensive.
But then it is my right to speak my mind as much as it is for you to arm yourselves for some imaginary government takeover. You don't like my words? Tough. I don't like your guns. So I guess that makes us both Constitutionally even.