Sunday Post 82: Uzi for Sale

Posted by Danny

I’m incredibly angry.  I’m angry that I have to be scared to go see the movie Batman at night.  I’m angry that my kids will grow up with fears that I wasn’t exposed to at their ages.  I’m angry that it is more and more difficult to really feel safe.

I have the right to take drugs.  I take Claritin for my allergies and recently a muscle relaxer for a pulled back.  When I lost my wife, I stopped sleeping.  My doctor prescribed a mild sedative that I’m still taking at night.  Sometimes it doesn’t work.

But I can’t take all drugs – because some are illegal.  I don’t have the right to snort cocaine or inject methamphetamines and currently, the law doesn’t allow me to smoke pot (not that I would if it were legal).  Sometimes I worry so much  about the world that I can’t sleep even with a sleeping pill.

So an argument that someone has the right to bear arms doesn’t fly with me.  Yea – I believe we should all have the right to have a hunting rifle and a right to own a pistol for our own protection.  My grandfather ran a convenience store his entire life.  He got held up multiple times.  He had a pistol.  And the last time a slimeball came into his store brandishing a gun, Papa pulled his out.  And Papa won.  The dude took off like a rabbit.  I would have too if a crazy 75-year-old man with tremors in his hands had pulled out a revolver and pointed it in my general direction. 

But my grandfather didn’t need a Uzi.  Yea, I found machine guns on sale today on-line.  I could just buy one – with my VISA number and the three digit code on the back.

Why in the hell (still mad) would anyone, with the exception of war, need a semi-automatic weapon?  I’ve thought about it, long and hard.  I cannot think of one reason.  Well, unless you want to protect yourself when watching a Batman movie.

When is enough enough?  When will we, as citizens of the United States of America, stand up and say no more? 

For some reason (money), Democrats and Republicans alike are scared to death to tackle this issue.  And yet, every year we have multiple cases of innocent people dying at the hands of crazy people walking around with semi-automatic firearms.

I’m not sure what I can do, but I’m angry – and scared – and sad – and feel hopeless.

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  1. Elena

     /  July 29, 2012

    I agree 150 million percent Bruce!! I know people have rights under the constitution, but for heavens sake when the constitution was written there was no internet where every nut could not only buy anything and everything, they would find out how to build stuff to hurt innocent people like me and you and our kids. I don’t believe in censorship, but I have to believe there is a way to monitor when a person buys 6000 rounds of ammunition in a few months – I don’t know, maybe send someone from ATF over and ask him……why??? The Brits have it correct, gun control and political races last for a short period of time – we don’t have to listen to both sides drone on forever about what they “will do” for us – how about starting with automatic weapons illegal.

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  2. Mel Ham

     /  July 29, 2012

    i share your anger and fear. Wish I had some quick point to make here other than agreement. We went to Spiderman this past week. Cam and I (as we have all other spider man movies…I’m glad that he still remembers that it was just the two of us that started watching them. Only a few years ago he went in costume) sat in the nice luxury of the new theatre near the house. I have taken the vulnerability for granted any other time in the theatres. you truly are trapped by design..I felt anxious. No where to go. You just can’t count on crazy..you can’t predict it…many times can’t see it coming..and there some kind of extraordinary survival and strength that goes with it. We all have a little crazy in our families. An aunt, uncle, etc that does things just a little off..doesn’t make sense..but not the violence. It all does make you want to tighten down the hatches a little tighter..and pull your bitties up close. I worry too…I have to constantly work on the balace between angst of fear and faith that my love ones are going to be protected. At home, I got this..but out and about living life…I’m faithfully scared too.

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  3. Well Said, dear sir, well said !!

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  4. Mom

     /  July 29, 2012

    Good article. I think you are 100% right.

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  5. Kim

     /  July 29, 2012

    You are so right we need to stand up together and say ENOUGH!

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  6. David

     /  July 29, 2012

    Think about it again. Read the Declaration of Independence and remember that the founders put Amendment 2 right after Amendment 1 because they knew from experience that without the option of armed force from the citizenry, they could never maintain the rights contained in the First Amendment. Maybe a better and more statistically valid question to ask is why do they have mass shootings by young people in Colorado. Maybe the people in the neighborhood where your grandfather had his store appreciated him for not letting his store be robbed. Switzerland, where members of the militia, no standing arming, are issued assault rifles which they keep at home, is a peaceful place. I agree that no one I know needs an Uzi, but if you let the anti-gun lobbies have their way, I fear all guns will be grabbed up.

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    • Danny Tanner

       /  July 30, 2012

      I just don’t think that banning certain types of weapons equates to all guns being banned. Maybe I’m naive. Just like banning certain drugs does not mean all drugs will be illegal.

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  7. David

     /  July 29, 2012

    No standing army is what I meant to write.

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  8. Aunt Susan

     /  July 29, 2012

    I must agree with David,and I like Elena’s idea of a SHORT political season, maybe 30 days? just to be generous!

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  9. Jessie Moore

     /  July 29, 2012

    I agree with all you said and it is time to take a stand.

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  10. David M

     /  July 30, 2012

    Bruce, if semi-automatic firearms were banned, the bad guys would go to pump-action firearms. When the millions of those got banned, bad guys would go to single-shot firearms. When those millions got banned the bad guys would go to knives and baseball bats, etc etc. There are appx 30 million privately-owned firearms in the US. It simply isnt realistic to ban these guns. It’s kind of like that one major airplane accident that happens each year. Think of all the airplanes that took off and landed safely the rest of the year. The one crash doesn’t negate all of the successful lift-offs and landings. And this one nut-case doesn’t negate all of the normal, legal, responsible gun owners enjoying their semi-automatic firearms in a responsible manner. Skeet shooting, target shooting, IPSC, IDPA, pistol competitions, deer hunting, waterfowl hunting, self-defense, etc etc. From a gun-owner’s perspective restricting a certain firearm from ownership does nada in stopping crime. And the machine gun you” are able to buy online”…poppycock. It’s simply not that simple. You can certainly pay the dealer for that gun. And he is required by law to ship it to your local gun shop. and that shop is required to alert and file paperwork with the ATF that you are trying to take transfer of that gun. And the ATF will do their due diligence and background checks, etc to make sure you can legally and responsibly own the gun. I realize that me trying to tell you that pulling a trigger of a semi-suto firearm is actually a fun thing to do, as described above, is a foreign notion and likely one that you will never care to experience. But for those of us do enjoy those firearms for various reasons, it makes a tough case to say BAN EM ALL, no one needs em. Respectfully.

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    • Danny Tanner

       /  July 30, 2012

      You’re right. I don’t know enough about firearms to be able to relate. It just seems that there are some that are extreme – I’d like to see those banned. Like hard drugs.

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  11. Great post, Great comments! I brought up an example while speaking with a friend that could bear development but speaks the same in relationship to Arms (all) and the Constitution. While not all of those able to own weapons should, a point I think we all agree on, the same is true about voting. I’m glad we can but the mass population is, broad brushed statement, spooky, unstable, and has foresight only as long as their own noses.
    Responsible gun ownership, I have found, seems to be the same. Just because you can, does not mean you should~
    The lines are not clear and I am glad I don’t have to draw them!
    Thank you for having a voice and sharing-

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    • Danny Tanner

       /  August 2, 2012

      And I believe in responsible gun ownership. Since we can’t ensure the responsible piece of the puzzle, I wonder how we can limit the potential damage. It’s a tough issue. I do understand both sides.

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