Today I'd like to take some time to discuss the "gun control" debate in the United States of America.
In the year 1791, the United States constitution outlined that the people had the "right to bear arms." Citizens of the USA are allowed to own guns. People hunt, and people defend themselves.
If you were a parent and you woke in the middle of the night to see a burglar in your home or a man standing over your daughter, what would you do?
Beg him "please don't do it, please please please!"
Would you call 9-11 and wait a full TEN MINUTES FOR AN OFFICER TO SHOW UP?
Or would you grab a gun and shoot the bastard to ensure the safety of your children?
People have every right to defend their families and their property, and people have the right to hunt for their food. People hunt ducks, they hunt deer, they hunt geese, they hunt, and that's not a crime if done legally and with hunting licenses.
After yesterday's horrifying shooting in Florida, we are seeing the left-wing liberal socialists demand that the government round up all the guns and nobody be allowed to own a firearm. One San Francisco-based Democrat called for the complete repeal of the Second Amendment.
I agree with the following -- there should be more extensive background checks for all firearm purchases. Any person with history of arrest or mental illness should be on a "do not sell" list.
I also believe the Florida Senator, DEMOCRAT Bill Nelson, he owns guns, he uses them responsibly for hunting. But should anyone have access to a gun capable of mass murder? AR-15's and weapons of the same class should not be sold to ordinary citizens. Sales of these EXTREMELY dangerous weapons (as well as "bump stocks") should be restricted to law enforcement.
The Congress needs to act. I'm a true blue conservative, everyone knows I despise socialism, I have no sympathy for drug addicts that are homeless, I believe in saving over spending, but one has to realize that these shootings will continue if no action is taken. Republicans are showing some signs acknowledging this. The US Attorney General Sessions admitted this morning that action needs to be taken. I agree, doing nothing is not acceptable. Not just on mental health, but on background checks and restriction of AR-15 style weapons.
The hippies that want to "ban all guns" and have us hold hands singing Kumbaya under the rainbow, well there's a damn good reason they are not in control of government. Socialism and the attitude that government should force their ideologies on the people (Michelle Obama banning cookies from the lunches -- should kids be FORCED to eat celery sticks?) is not how a country should operate. I agree for the need to act, I agree there should be certain restrictions, but the Second Amendment should never be touched, Americans should always have access to handguns and hunting rifles, but only if the background check is passed.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.