Over the years, I’ve encountered many gun control advocates and have been involved in many heated discussions with them. I’ve heard so many weird and warped arguments to support gun control that clearly indicates to me that many don’t have a clue what they are talking about.
I once had a lady swear to me that all guns were demon possessed and therefore turn their owners into evil people hell bent on killing other people. It didn’t matter what I said to her about guns being nothing more than inanimate objects made of metal, plastic and wood, but she was convinced as soon as every gun was made that it became demon possessed.
One of the other bizarre gun control arguments I’ve heard is that guns cause violent crimes. I asked about the person using the gun and they were adamant that it was guns that cause all the violent crimes. I asked about violent crimes committed with knives, baseball bats or bare fists and the guy insisted that guns were still at the bottom of them.
I’ve asked gun control nuts why places like Chicago, Baltimore, New York City and Washington DC have such high gun violence yet they have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. They generally change the subject or move to some other argument.
However, I have to place the latest argument I just heard right up there along with the demon possessed guns and guns, not people, being the cause of violent crimes. When speaking about President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, former Arizona Congresswoman and gunshot victim Gabby Giffords wrote:
“Let’s put it in perspective. There is a group that has proven itself to be far more deadly on American soil. A group that has killed someone once a week for the last two years: Toddlers.”
Yep! TODDLERS! Those evil, dangerous vermin that roam the floors of so many American homes are more dangerous than the threat of terrorists hiding among refugees and immigrants.
Giffords made her incredible claim in a fundraising email for Americans for Responsible Solutions. She went on to write:
“That’s why we’re fighting to ensure guns are kept safe from kids.”
I see this more of a parenting issue than a toddler issue. I wonder if everything that could be dangerous in the hands of toddler in Giffords’ house is kept out of reach of toddlers. Are her kitchen and bathroom cabinets empty or locked? Is her pantry locked or lower shelves bare? Are there any objects at toddler reach that could be picked up and used to hit or harm anything or any person?
When my sister was only two-years old, mom found her sitting on top of the refrigerator eating cookies. Mom had put the cookie jar on top of the fridge to keep it out of reach. My TODDLER sister pushed a kitchen chair against the cabinet, climbed up, stacked several canisters against the side of the fridge like a staircase and, well, she reached the out of reach cookies.
To what measure does Giffords want gun owners to keep their guns out of reach of their toddlers? I suspect she is pushing for gun safes, which only place law abiding citizens in more danger. How can anyone get their gun for protection if someone breaks into the house? Are you supposed to ask the intruder(s) to wait while you get your gun out of the safe and load it? I know that sounds completely ridiculous but if someone wants a gun for self-protection and Giffords want them to keep it locked up, what’s the alternative?
The fact is, many of today’s parents fail at parenting. We hear of toddlers found wandering the streets at all hours or being left in cars while mom or dad goes shopping, drinking or to work. So many parents today are too busy with their own lives to take time to be involved in their kids’ lives. They don’t know the names of their kids’ friends or teachers. They don’t take an interest in school work or anything else.
If parents actually parented like they did years ago, kids would grow up respecting themselves, their parents, other people and guns. I grew up in a house with loaded guns and I knew where they all were kept and some of them were within reach. However, my parents took the time to teach us to respect guns, know the danger of guns and that we were never to touch them unless it was necessary or we had permission from mom and dad.
Locking guns up in safes is not the answer. It may help prevent accidental deaths at the hands of those murderous and blood thirsty toddlers, but it will leave many homeowners vulnerable to personal and physical attacks in their own homes.