Here we go with another edition of “Crap I Wanna Say”, but this one is gonna be a bit touchy. Yes, boys, girls, and BXTCHES, we are gonna discuss the two words that incite anger, the likes of which I’ve never seen. . .GUN CONTROL or what it should really be called. . .Common Sense.
Okay, I know what you’re probably thinking, “Do we really need to continue this discussion?”. Well, truth be told, maybe we don’t need to, but since this is my blog, I can fucking discuss what I want, so let’s get on with it.
First things first. . .
FULL DISCLOSURE FROM THIS BXTCH: I am an Obama supporter. I voted for him in both elections and I am someone who believes that once history has had it’s say, he will go down as one of the greater presidents this country has seen. I know what some of you are thinking, that BXTCH is such an idiot. But, since I have already pissed some of you off, I should probably go ahead and go for the score. . .I’m pro-Obama/I’m pro-choice/I’m pro-gay marriage/I’m for the legalization of marijuana (though I have NEVER in my life smoked it or consumed it)/I believe that Obamacare is fantastic, basically I’m pretty much a walking liberal orgy. Also, I have nothing against guns. In fact, if my husband came to me and wanted to teach our children how to shoot, I would have no objections. I would just prefer if someone crazy wants to go on a shooting spree, there are certain restrictions in place to prevent that from happening. And for all of you out there who continue to say things like Obama is coming after your guns, I gonna have to politely ask you to STOP! You know damn well that it would never happen, even if it is proposed in Congress, so let’s shut down that nonsense.
Go ahead and get it out, call me the names that some of you deem “appropriate” to call someone who believes differently than you do. You done? Good, let’s try to have an adult conversation about guns, shall we?
I’m actually going to try and keep this short, sweet, and simple. I did say try, not promise.
First, let’s just discuss what it is that Obama is wanting to do. Now, I’m not going to go in to all of it, but I did read the abbreviated version and no where does it state that part of his plan is to confiscate your guns. Most of his plan involves things such as:
Require any business that engages in the sale of guns to obtain a federal license to do so and conduct background checks. This will apply to gun stores, sellers of guns at gun shows, and sellers of guns over the Internet. Failure to obtain a license to sell will carry criminal penalties of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Failure to conduct a required background check will also carry penalties.
**PRETTY REASONABLE, RIGHT? DOESN’T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE ATF COMING INTO YOUR HOME AND TAKING YOUR WEAPON**
Requires the ATF Bureau to issue a rule requiring background checks for purchasers of certain dangerous firearms and other items who purchase them through a trust, corporation or other legal entity. It will also issue a rule clarifying that gun dealers/licensees who ship firearms have the responsibility to notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.
**AGAIN THIS SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING THAT SHOULD ALREADY BE IN PLACE**
Asks the attorney general to encourage federal U.S. attorneys to work with state and local authorities and groups to increase prevention of domestic violence and to prevent prohibited persons from obtaining firearms.
**SURELY THIS ISN’T A BAD THING??**
Calls upon state attorneys general to focus resources on eliminating the most dangerous and impactful cases in illegal gun trafficking, and violent offenders who bypass the background check system and purchase guns illegally.
**ARE WE REALLY OBJECTING TO THIS??**
For the full list of Obama’s plan to “take away your guns”, click here.
I know this isn’t the full list, there are things like. . .investing more in mental health, hiring more ATF agents to help enforce existing gun laws, make it easier for states to communicate with one another and make it easier to communicate with the Federal agencies. Seems pretty cut and dry, not to mention reasonable, so I’m not too sure what people are getting their dicks all twisted up about.
Here is where my frustration lies. This shouldn’t be a political issue, it should be a common sense/humanity issue. It makes sense that whenever there is a problematic issue, certain provisions need to be made to ensure that the issue doesn’t become even more problematic. I think that the majority of America can agree that GUN CONTROL is needed in this country. In fact, I think it’s about 90% of America-see article here.
My first question to those who oppose gun control is simple. . .WHY? Why are you so against it? Please for the love of Ronald Reagan do not say “gun control sure aint gonna stop them criminals, if a criminal wants a gun, they’re gonna get one”. No shit Sherlock, they certainly will get a gun. Just like the law says that if I have consumed a certain amount of alcohol, I’m not supposed to get behind the wheel of a car, but does that stop all from drinking and driving? While laws that surround driving while intoxicated were enacted well before 1980, it was MADD who pushed for tougher legislation for those convicted of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol AND it was MADD who successfully pushed for the legal drinking age to be raised. Do you know the catalyst for the creation of MADD? The organization was created by Candy Lightner after her 13 year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver on her way home from a school carnival. The driver had 3 previous DUI convictions and was out on bail from a hit and run arrest just two days prior. How many people do you think told Candy Lightner that she was crazy? That there was no way she would be able to get the drinking age raised, that regardless, people who want to drink and possibly drive will do so and changing the law will not work. But, statistics show that since the creation of MADD in 1980, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half*.
Shall we go even further? And this one is going to hit some right in the pisser. The law in Texas says that if I want to get an abortion that there are certain things that need to take place:
A woman must receive state-directed counseling that includes information designed to discourage her from having an abortion and then wait 24 hours before the procedure is provided.
A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; the provider must show and describe the image to the woman. If the woman lives within 100 miles of an abortion provider she must obtain the ultrasound at least 24 hours before the abortion.
Click here for article relating to above info.
Let’s not forget the ones that require Texas abortion clinics to meet the requirements for ambulatory surgical centers, which (according to lillithfund.org) left only 6 abortion clinics in the entire state. Now, imagine if there were only 6 places in the whole state of Texas for you to purchase a gun.
Now, don’t misunderstand, I am well aware that abortions and guns are not the same thing, but when lawmakers wanted to make it more difficult for a woman to obtain an abortion, what did they do? They enacted laws that would do so, because according to those lawmakers, abortion is murder and if they can’t outlaw it, they are going to restrict it, their reason? “All Life Is Precious” But is it really? If all life was truly precious, then why not enact some common sense laws that would help save precious lives? It should not be easy to get a gun, AT ALL!
When 20 children, aged 6 & 7, are shot and killed and that act alone doesn’t piss people off enough to demand that Congress begin the process of enacting tougher gun laws, then all life isn’t truly precious. In fact, reality is, the wallet is more precious than life.
*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012.