Over and over I have heard this phrase in the news, on Facebook and in conversations with friends. We don’t want to keep guns away from the ‘good guys’. And, if more ‘good guys’ had guns, gun violence would decrease and lives would be saved.
I am sorry, folks, but I am not buying it. We are saying that anyone who doesn’t have a criminal record, is a known terrorist, a domestic abuser, or has a history of mental illness is a good guy… EVERYONE! Are you really comfortable with that?
Twenty-seven Americans were killed with guns on Christmas Day… And that was a slow day for us… A good day by about ten victims. In our country someone is a good guy until they prove otherwise. But the truth is that even if the guy with the gun is a good guy, good guys still make mistakes… They misfire or leave them out unsecured for children to find, they have accidents when they are cleaning their guns, or they mistake a friend for an enemy… And some people live a very long life before they make that switch from good guy to bad guy… A man in his seventies killed his wife and then himself this past month.
Your argument may be that more people are killed in cars every day… So what? We also are required to prove that we are capable of using a car every few years .. You make enough mistakes as a driver and you lose your right to drive.
So I would like the same rigor to be applied to gun owners. I want them trained and tested regularly. But really for me the bottom line is that the only ‘good guy’ I want to have a gun is someone wearing a uniform and sometime they make mistakes, too.