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Time to THINK

Do we really think gun control will stop the madness? Do we really know the true facts the media never tells? I think its time we start thinking for ourselves. And this is what I think.

The past few days have been rough for the majority of the United States of America. In fact, it seems the past few years have been rough. Virginia Tech, the Amish school, Connecticut, and now all of these random outbursts of people open firing on innocent people with no reasons.

And what is our first reaction to all of this chaos? Allow me to give you somewhat of an idea. The media rushes in, does a quick survey of the area, and begin their black magic. What does a normal...hold on...what SHOULD a normal person do in response to something like the shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary? I would think people would stop and think about the children and adults who lost their lives that day and be thankful for their family and hold them close. And some did do this, and for those who did, I thank you. I joined you. This tragedy was senseless and very upsetting. It hits home no matter where you are, because we all know someone the same age as each little one that died. We each know someone that was like the adults who threw themselves in the line of fire.

I would hope our second reaction to all this would be to rethink what this means for the aftermath. And you're thinking to yourself, "What do you mean? We are already doing something about this. Don't you watch the news?"

Yes, I do. And quite frankly, I'm DISGUSTED. Instead of paying attention to the needs of the now distraught families, we automatically yell for more gun control. We sign petitions to the white house stating that all guns need to be taken from us and destroyed. We demand that guns are evil, guns kill people, guns are the cause of all of this.

For those of you who feel this way, I must say I don't understand your way of thinking. How can a gun kill someone? Does it grow an arm to pull its own trigger? Does it pick itself up off the ground to aim at someone to take their life? Does it fill its own magazine or chamber its own rounds before shooting itself?

The simple answer is no. Now, I'm not the first to say this, but we should all know what it means. Guns don't kill people. People kill people.

If a gun kills people, so do knives, bombs, forks, pencils, nail clippers, pillows, and plastic bags. Countless people have died from stabbings, bombings, asphyxiation, etc., but we never scream for "knife control" or "plastic bag control." So why guns? Why choose this weapon out of the hundreds of other things people use to kill and/or harm?

I would like to blame the media. If the media didn't focus so much of their time on how people died, how people are violent, and how things are getting so much worse when statistically they're not, we wouldn't have these problems.

Have you ever looked up the statistics for violence? If you have, then you know that violence has actually decreased these past few years. I can already feel you think I'm wrong. Go ahead, look it up. Do you know why you think I'm wrong? Because you only depend on the news. You believe everything you see and hear on the television and the radio, and what you read on the news.

But I'm getting a tad off of the real reason I'm writing this. Let me get back to my thoughts on those who want to rid us of our guns.

Think about this. Say gun control becomes strict and a law abiding citizen is no longer able to have their rights to the 2nd amendment (Do you remember what that amendment states? We have the right to bare arms.) Say all of the guns a law abiding citizen owns is taken away. Sure, it will make the gun control savvies feel safe...until a criminal comes out of the wood work and shoots more people.

Why did this happen, you ask? You got your laws passed you wanted. You took away the guns and locked them away from the law abiding citizens, but the criminal still had a gun and shot people!

Do you really believe taking guns away will make criminals behave? Has it ever worked like that in the past?

Law abiding citizens don't shoot people. Normal people like you and me don't wake up in the morning and say to ourselves, "Hey, let's go out and commit mass murder!" No, we follow our laws, we respect our rights, and we do the best we can in life.

Fact: There have been many numerous cases of law abiding citizens who have a CPL (concealed pistol license) SAVING people from criminals who try to gun them down. CPL carriers have saved themselves by using their right to bare arms from criminals who don't follow the laws like we do.

Do you remember a year or so ago, that young women with the baby who shot the man breaking into her house who threatened her life? She called 911 and even asked if she was able to shoot the man in order to protect herself and her family. And after it was all done, she was praised for protecting herself and her baby. She didn't want to kill the man, she merely wanted to stop him from committing harm. She wasn't thrown in prison. She is still living her life. She's still alive.

If we have gun control that takes our 2nd amendment away from us, what's going to happen to the victims of future crimes similar to this? Would that mother still be alive today had she not been able to exercise her rights?

All I want is for people to stop and really think about this. We choose our actions. We decide how we are going to go through life day by day. We have the capability to figure out what's logical and what's not.

I want people to realize that we are responsible for ourselves. I want people to stop judging how others will act just because they happen to own an AR-15, which by the way, just because someone owns one, doesn't mean they're gonna kill someone with it. Don't condemn every person that has a gun for these catastrophes. It is NOT our fault. It is the individual who pulled the trigger. It is the individual who got up that morning, made a horrible plan, and carried it out.

Don't blame the rest of us because you're scared. Instead, I recommend you do your homework. Get educated before you speak. For example, because the NRA makes a statement about the CT tragedy doesn't mean they only care about their guns. The members of the NRA have families too. Some of them have children of the same age of those who were killed. For all we know, some of the parents who lost their children that day could be part of the NRA.

They're people too. They know pain. And nobody is perfect, by any means. But they didn't tell that young man to steal a gun and kill with it.

Think before you act and don't judge or condemn those who may not necessarily agree with you on everything. If you are someone who doesn't like guns, that is your decision. You don't have to like guns. But don't tell me all gun owners are bad news.

I have a CPL. And I am not ashamed of it. I don't carry in hopes that something like this happens. I carry it because I want to be prepared if I have to protect my life or the life of someone I love and care for. And I carry because I have the right to. And I like to exercise the rights given to me.

I am by no means saying if someone had a concealed pistol in that school that this could have been stopped. I am not in that position to say so. What is done is done and nothing can change it. But we can learn from this. We can hold those we love close. We can educate ourselves and learn to see from someone else's shoes. We can try to understand each other's sides and work together.

This country needs a lot of work. And I personally believe with everything that I have learned that the two biggest things that DO need to change are politics and the media. Politicians are known liars. They deceive with words and do what they please. They take our money and put it in their pockets. And they fund the media so that they look like the good guys.

And the media goes right along with it. They spout how a little boy gets shot and skip over the story about a young girl who had an idea that changed an entire community. How much happier would we be if we heard more of the good stories, which there are more of than the violence we are always hearing? 

I dare say we would have a different view on things, wouldn't you agree?

I'm not asking you to agree with me per se. I just want you to try and understand. All I ask is that you think about all of this. Think about the truth in everything and not just what you hear on tv.

I pray this country does the right thing. I pray we stand and fight for our freedoms and end this political and media driven war that is turning us against each other. But whether things get better is entirely up to us.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope the new year is brighter and things get better.

I pray the families in Connecticut, as well as other families who lost someone near and dear to senseless violence find peace. Keep them in your thoughts as well.

Until next time, dear readers.

Chelsea  

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chris recker December 17, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Israel and thiland had the same problem thirty years ago and they armed the teachers and to this day their classrooms are much safer. we can't change what an evil person is going to do but we can help prevent it. More people are killed every year by drunk drivers yet I have not seen anyone try to take our cars away.
stephanie pytlowanyj December 18, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Assault weapons need to be banned. There is no need for the general public to have them.
John Strayer December 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I agree, guns don't kill people. But access to guns does make it very easy for angry, upset and insane people to kill others. And, with large capacity magazines which shoot 30 or 50 or 100 bullets as quick as you can pull the trigger, assault weapons make it easy for someone to kill large numbers of people before anyone has a chance to run away or tackle the shooter or return fire. No one's arguing that all guns should be illegal. But everyone should support a ban on high capacity magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Jack Ryan December 19, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The CDC reports that there were almost 11,500 firearm related homicides and 16,800 non firearm related homicides. It seems that there are more non firearm related homicides. Hmm. As for you, John and Stephanie, pull your head out of the sand and get with reality. John, do you know how much time it takes to change a magazine? Quit buying into the media crap and joining their bandwagon.
Jack Ryan December 19, 2012 at 01:48 AM
What is an "Assault Weapon?" A car? A car can be used for assault and as a weapon. Should we ban cars because a drunk driver plows into a crowd of people? Should we ban fertilizer, diesel fuel and box trucks because Timothy Mcveigh used that combination to kill 189 men, women, and children? Should we ban box cutters and Boeings because 19 people used them to vaporize 3000 people? I guess those could be characterized as "Assault Weapons" too and the General Public should not have them. I tell you what, if you are for Gun Control, put a sign in front of your house stating "Gun Free Home," and see in how short a time your house will be broken into.
Robert Marr December 19, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Let's don't even mention that of those 11,500 firearm related murders, 99.5% of them were committed by the criminal. The criminal that couldn't give a rats a$$ about our silly laws. The criminal who has his own stash of thirty-million illegal, untouchable guns, according to FBI estimates. I've said it before, there are roughly nine million registered, licensed carriers of concealed handguns in this country. Not one of them has committed a mass murder. Not yesterday, not today. Not ever. It's time people of this country, perhaps especially the media drop their emotion-shield and let reality in. Absorb the facts. Gun control directed towards the law-abiding citizens of this country is as far away from an effective fix as we can get.
Fentonite December 19, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Ms. Roberts, let me thank you and the Fenton Patch for publishing a well thought out and cogent article about gun control. I mention the Patch, because like you, I and the Patch, we value our constitutional rights. When politicians start chipping away at the 2nd Amendment, what rights from the other amendments will they hack next. My personal favorite political idiocy is Senator Feinstein wants to ban assault rifles because "they look ugly." American entrepreneurial ingenuity has no bounds. If the politicians pass a law outlawing 100 round magazines, do they actually believe that gun manufacturers will not engineer a gun that will hold 100 rounds without using a magazine or clip, thereby creating a new class of legal firearms not covered under the law? Let me close by mentioning three old sayings that are apropos to this conversation: "Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians"----"Those who trade liberty for security have neither"----"An armed individual is a citizen. An unarmed individual is a subject".
Dibblevilleresident December 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Ms. Roberts, I couldn't agree more. Gun control is not the answer. But gun elimination is. Hiding behind the 2nd amendment is an old and tired argument. Our founding fathers did not have assault weapons and armed kindergarten teachers in mind when this amendment was passed. There is no logic in increasing guns to decrease gun violence. What's next, if a kindergarten teacher refuses to carry a gun in class and God forbid we have another tragedy like Sandy Hook, are you going to hold her liable? Our country's position on gun availability is being highjacked by an NRA agenda that is supported by radical conservatives that do not share the view of the majority of Americans. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to live in a healthy environment are rights. Gun ownership is increasingly abused under the guise of an amendment that was written in a much different context than we have today. Mr. Marr and Mr. Ryan, please look to what the UK and Australia have done in the wake of similar massacres due to the proliferation of guns in their countries. They have since put strict guidelines in place for the possession of firearms and today both have homicide rates due to guns that are tiny fraction of what we have. They have moved forward on this issue. We are moving backward. See you at the OK Corral.
Fentonite December 20, 2012 at 12:05 PM
"See you at the OK Corral". I know you're speaking metaphorically, but what will you use to protect yourself? Your bare hands, a cell phone dialing 9-1-1 waiting for the police to respond. In the liberal utopian mind, politicians pass laws and criminals will obey them. Let me know where this unicorn land is and I'll gladly move my family there and throw away all firearms. The Supreme Court has adjudicated on the 2nd amendment and the political blustering, pomposity, and demagoguing will only be for show. The only plausible way to eliminate guns is to amend the Constitution. First you would need two-thirds of both houses of Congress to propose an amendment then you will need three-fourths of the states legislatures to ratify within 7 years. Threading a camel through an eye of a needle, in my mind, would be easier. Until then, three people will always be defending my family--me, Smith, and Wesson. My prayers will be for people who cannot, or will not, defend themselves.
Robert Marr December 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
There are more guns in Detroit than the whole of the UK, although, did anyone happen to see where UK gun violence is up 89%? (didn't someone mention they had a gun-free nation?) We can dream of a gun-free society but without a grasp of the enormity of the situation, and a super-plan, it will never be more than a dream.
Fentonite December 20, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Robert, thanks for breaking it down to its basic component. Until society solves what causes "man's inhumanity to man", the 2nd amendment will always be an integral and cherished right for the preservation of life itself. It was so exceptional that our founding fathers made it one of the ten Bill of Rights.
Terri White December 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM
What people don't see is that this Sandy Hook shooting was the result of not having proper access to mental health support. It wasn't about a kid who was able to get his hands on guns. It was about a mentally ill person who snapped, and grabbed whatever he had closest. It's not the gun's fault. They need to stop working so hard to ban guns, and start working harder to help the mentally ill. They need to take away the stigmas of depression, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses. There needs to be places where the mentally ill can go, other than jails, who are currently the best equipped to handle their needs. Just think how many other people whose lives would be saved, if those resources were available. Think how many kids would still be alive and wouldn't have committed suicide if mental illness wasn't such a stigmatized thing. Until it becomes recognized as disease, like strep throat, or chicken pox, people will continue to be afraid to speak up when they feel off-kilter. People wouldn't snap as often as they do, because help would be there. That is what needs to happen in this country. Not more gun legislation.
Chelsea Roberts December 21, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I want to thank you guys for your comments thus far. I agree with what the majority of you speak of. Mental health is a very big part of this and I wish I would have made mention, but Terri has covered that in her comment, to which I agree with and respect. Dibbleville resident, I respect your opinions. Everyone has their right to think what they choose. Speaking of choice, if people were allowed to carry in schools, they wouldn't be forced to. They would be able to do what they were comfortable with. Nobody would know who carried and who did not. And if another catastrophe did take place and say, a teacher could not stop the criminal, we would NOT hold them accountable. Did we hold the teachers accountable that survived at Sandy Hook for not trying to stop the shooter? No. So why would we under different circumstances? Gun ownership is not abused by those who abide by laws. This goes with what I was talking about before. Its those who DON'T FOLLOW LAWS. And that will never change. Gun elimination is impossible. Say it happened. Say every gun manufacturer in the world shut down, ammunitions factories shut down, and all weapons were destroyed. Bad guys could build the guns and make the bullets. And they would still shoot people. And law abiders could do nothing. Did you know citizens have no access to assault weapons? Only the military does. What citizens have are merely shadows, not the real thing. Please, try to understand and do your homework.
Fentonite December 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I was prophetic (patting on own back) in my previous post about America's entrepreneurial ingenuity when I wrote----- " American entrepreneurial ingenuity has no bounds. If the politicians pass a law outlawing 100 round magazines, do they actually believe that gun manufacturers will not engineer a gun that will hold 100 rounds without using a magazine or clip, thereby creating a new class of legal firearms not covered under the law". By happenstance, I came across an article this morning that confirms my hypothesis. If you are so inclined you can read it at http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/12/19/3d-printing-startup-makerbot-cracks-down-on-printable-gun-designs/ This will be my last posting for this article so I'll move on to the next subject that captures my interest on the informative Fenton Patch. Thank you for letting me share my opinions and thoughts. You are a great group and keep up the good work in exercising and reinforcing our 1st amendment right. A Merry Christmas to all.
Jack Ryan December 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Dibblevilleresident, please stop buying into what the liberal media is feeding you. We are a free country because of the 2nd Amendment. What was the first thing that Hitler did when he came to power? Banned the private ownership of firearms. We are FREE because of the 2nd Amendment. It was put into place to prevent a tyrannical government. I dont think that the Framers of the Constitution cared about the weapons of the future, they had one goal, to keep the citizens of this country free of a corrupt government.
Alex Lapanski March 01, 2013 at 09:15 PM
We honestly already have a pretty heavy gun control. You have to have a CPL to carry, and those are not just handed out to anyone. Just like a driver's license, you have to take a test and training. Just like kids have to take safety courses for snowmobiling or hunting as well. Also, they are not going to give a CPL to a guy who held up a bank the previous year either. Last I knew, didn't they require a background check before you purchased a weapon? Heck, if police find a gun on someone with a criminal background, they won't let them keep it. Just like they would take someone in for having a suspended driver's license. A lot of criminals, they could of owned the guns themselves, or they could of stolen them from their parents or a friend who owned them legally. If they didn't have the guns available, would it of prevented their actions? Possibly. But there's still another chance that they had another source of getting a gun by just stealing it. Over all, it's the mass shootings that have been bringing gun control to question. Once you get past the guns, you are left to question the mental state of these shooters. What drove them to shoot so many random people? Many of the ones I remember even end up in their suicide. The guy who shot the movie theater had his Apartment rigged with traps and acted like the was the Joker. These are not people who are in their right mind. These are people who need some serious help. So the question is how?

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