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Giving up Guns

Time for me to give up guns. Time for gun law change. Time for mental health services change. Decision time.

This is a statement of personal intent and maybe food for thought.

I am giving up my guns.

I have had them for years. Grew up with them as a kid. I enjoy shooting, and think hunting is fine as long as you eat what you shoot.

After yesterday, I am removing myself from the list of gun owners. 

No matter what happens now, we all have to decide if we want to change our attitudes towards firearms. Mine changed yesterday. I am not saying give up yours, attempting to dictate right or wrong, or change the 2nd Amendment. But, I (me) do think we need to:

  1. Make it tougher to get guns. 
  2. Tougher to buy ammo. 
  3. Easier to get mental health services. 
  4. Not stigmatize those with a mental health issue, so that they or those responsible for helping them are not inclined to downplay what could be a serious issue.
  5. Fund our schools so that instead of having to make constant tradeoffs, they have enough money to abslutely secure a building and a perimeter.
  6. Deepen our respect for the people that work in schools. This includes not only teachers, but support staff. This means stop minimalizing their worth.

I have to show ID to buy Claritin D. My purchases are tracked. I can walk into a store and buy 500 rounds of 2.23 ammo with nothing but payment.

There is something fundamentally wrong here. 

All the rest of the details, pro/anti gun, pro/anti national health care, pro/anti background checks...All these these things are mute if you are unwilling to make a committed change yourself.

I am.

Are you?

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Dave (Bear) Huggins December 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Talk about classy, What are you doing to that poor dog???
terencerhyne December 19, 2012 at 02:39 AM
With all the anti gun's and pro gun's i have a problem with people arguring about this subject, instead of trying to find a answer they call each other names and with no real answers.How do we as adults show our children the right answer when we cannot even agree ourself.
Dean Massalsky December 19, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Just the stupid ones..
Dean Massalsky December 19, 2012 at 03:39 AM
When did RV's start coming with yards?
Dean Massalsky December 19, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Whatever for? Elaborate....Specific examples.

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