Following the pattern set by Ms. Catey Hill writing at WSJ, it seemed prudent to address at least ten things that we’ve tried to tell you. Whether you’re listening is usually evident by whether you write things like Catey or say stupid things like, say Michael Bloomberg. At any rate, here are the ten things.
1. Concerning Gun Safety
Catey says of the “gun industry” (whatever that is) that “Owning our product may be hazardous to your health.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that we’ve tried to tell everyone that guns, like automobiles, like ladders (50% of falls from ladders kill), can be unsafe when treated that way. Online forums repeat the rules for gun safety to the point that it is almost excruciating, and yet I know them by heart and practice them everywhere I go. I’ve never had an accident or so-called “negligent discharge” with a gun. Because, you know, I’m responsible. I wish I could say the same thing about those idiot kids driving down my road in hot rods, far too fast for neighborhood safety.
2. Concerning Guns and Fear
Catey says of the gun industry, “Fear is good for our bottom line.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that just like the industry surrounding door locks, being prepared is a good thing. It usually involves patience, study and a little bit of money. For some reason I’m reminded of a story. An older lady is stopped by a Highway Patrol Officer, and like a responsible gun owner she informs him that she has three handguns in the car, a .45 1911, a .357 Magnum S&W revolver and yet another revolver (perhaps it’s another S&W revolver, this time a .38). The officer asks what she’s so afraid of, and she replies, “Not a damn thing officer.”
3. Guns & The Law
Catey says that “Guns get special treatment under the law.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that we’ve tried to tell you that guns are in that special category of being specifically mentioned in the constitution, just like free speech and the right not to quarter troops in your home or the right to refuse to testify against yourself. It’s a fundamental God-given right, and recognized as such in the constitution. Hence, you must tread carefully on this terrain.
4. Children & Guns
Catey says of the gun industry, “We want your kids to play with guns.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that we’re tried to tell you our stories of learning to shoot when we were children (I learned on my father’s 10/22 in my back yard), our stories of learning gun safety as youngsters, and learning to listen carefully to our parents and mentors. For this reason – and others – those lessons are burned into our memories. What we learn as children is difficult to forget as adults.
5. Gun Control
Catey says of the gun industry that “Gun control may work. We still think it’s a bad idea.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. Except for willful disobedience to clearly obscene laws (like what is going on in Connecticut right now), gun control absolutely works. We’ve tried to tell you that it works for its intended purpose, i.e., control of the citizens (gun control is all about control). We’ve tried to tell you it has nothing whatsoever to do with crime or violence. We’ve tried to tell you that the proponents of gun control know this as well, and routinely set up a straw man to hide their real intentions. Let me demonstrate for a moment. At Daily Kos, this bit of honesty appeared one day.
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.
Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it. The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them.
Yea, I know what you’re thinking. It seems invasive and creepy to me too, sort of like a fat uncle who can’t stop staring at little girls during family reunions. That’s the way anti-gunners are.
6. Guns & Politics
Catey says of the gun industry, “Politically, we’re practically unbeatable.” This was exactly what I was thinking, except substitute gun owners for gun industry. And I don’t know why you’re not listening. If you were you wouldn’t have enacted those obscene laws in New York and Connecticut.
7. Guns & Obama
Catey says of the gun industry, “Under ‘Gun Ban Obama,’ we’re doing just fine.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that in spite of gun ban Obama, we’re doing just fine.
8. Guns & Advocacy
Catey says, “Sometimes we aren’t ‘pro-gun’ enough.” To add insult to injury, she brings up the S&W boycott. Sheesh! I do hate to rehearse that bit of pain because I love S&W so much, but I have indeed pointed out that we reward those who are friendly to us and punish those who aren’t. So this is sort of what I was thinking along with Catey. I’m glad we could agree on something.
9. Guns and Gun Sales
Catey says of the gun industry, “We sell guns to people you might not want us to.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking that I’ve tried to tell you that I know your real intentions. I am on this list of people “you might not want” to have guns, along with every other law-abiding citizen. I know this, and you know this. Now it’s just a matter of telling everyone else the truth.
10. Ammunition Availability
Catey say of the gun industry, “Ammo is our secret weapon.” That wasn’t what I was thinking at all. I was thinking just today that if I didn’t have my truck, I wouldn’t have to buy so much gasoline.
There are many more things, but that covers it for now.