I own guns and would like to continue owning guns. I might even buy some more guns. I like to hunt. Kill animals and eat them.
Remember all the times that as a full-time salaried worker, you stayed home with a cold or to take care of a sick child? It's a perk many of us take for granted, but for workers who handle our food, in jobs where spreading germs is among the most risky, calling in sick not even an option.
The need to own a gun to defend oneself against an intruder is as natural for an American as enjoying a good Clint Eastwood movie. But the possession of military grade weapons to defend oneself against a larger threat -- such as the government -- has only recently become popular.
A true liberal position, the place to start, is to call for domestic disarmament. That is the banning of the sale of all guns to private parties coupled with a buyback of those on the street.
I question Wayne LaPierre's underlying assumption that armed civilians are competent enough in crisis scenarios to ward off or kill an attacker. Though the scenario plays out in virtually every western and action film ever made, good guys stopping bad guys with guns is a rare occurrence.
After reading the commentary Wednesday by the NRA's CEO, Wayne LaPierre, about why Americans should be terrified in this fearful world and arm themselves, I will admit that I grasped what he was saying and was, indeed, scared by it. Not scared about the world he was describing, but the NRA.
As you say, Wayne, it's my choice which "firearm is right" for my family. And given the threats from drug gangs, terrorists and Obama's tsunami of gun control, which the NRA wisely warns us against, I believe a tank, a drone and a nuclear missile are right for us.
I am now for a Second Amendment with no interpretation whatsoever. Let's completely and utterly unfetter the Second Amendment from the outlandish suggestions of the type I've made until just now. The Second Amendment, unfettered, makes no exclusion for incarcerated felons. And so, neither should we.
The same people who heckled relatives of slain gun victims at a January town hall meeting in Illinois will soon have guns on their hips as the ban against concealed weapons is repealed.
The Founding Fathers allowed for the right to bear arms to be limited to the arms the majority want among us. They did not obligate us to tolerate arms in the hands of lunatics, arms designed for maximal carnage. But the NRA does.
Who's responsible for the gun violence in America? The First and Second Amendment have a stand-off.
No doubt the going will get very rough, no doubt politicians will flag, claiming it's "too complicated." Nonsense: It's not complicated. Put simply, are we civilized or not? Do we protect our children or not?
The "Connecticut effect" is simply not what this shameful NRA lobbyist claims it to be. The American people were galvanized by the shooting of 20 innocent children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the memory of that event will be forever seared into the American conscience.
Nugent will attend at the invitation of Republican Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas. But the message he sends is toxic for the Republican Party.
New Jersey's law that limits handgun purchases to one per month was just upheld by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, creating a federal law foundation for other states to follow.
The NRA does not represent the hunters I grew up with in North Dakota, it represents the gun manufactures who see their profits go up every time Wayne LaPierre goes on TV calling for more guns.