Slippery definitions

1)
Mentally unstable people shouldn’t own firearms. That’s great, but who
deems someone “mentally unstable”? Are you mentally unstable if you
regularly meet with a psychiatrist, a counselor, your minister or
pastor, or a mentor? Maybe you are mentally unstable if you are a member
of Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous or any other kind of
support group? Maybe you are mentally unstable if you’ve ever called a
suicide hotline or gone to some other similar outlet in a low point in
your life?

2)
Criminals shouldn’t be able to own firearms. Again, that’s great, but
who deems someone a criminal? Are you a criminal if you get arrested for
unpaid parking tickets? Are you a criminal if you’re on the receiving
end of a fight and police are called? You could be considered a criminal
if you receive a speeding ticket, right? I mean, you broke a law! More
importantly, they are criminals for a reason — they don’t obey laws!
Criminals are not supposed to be able to own guns currently, but they
do! If they want a firearm, they will find a way to get one. Period.

3)
Owning a gun has nothing to do with hunting! We were granted the right
to own firearms, as a last resort, to protect ourselves against tyranny
in government. Hello? Look around. If you don’t get what is going on in
our government, maybe you never will and I am wasting my breath. When we
are unarmed, we become complacent and unable to protect ourselves from
anything or anyone, forever. Hitler took guns away from citizens for
“the greater good” as well, and I don’t think I need to go into what
happened in that case.

If
they take away our guns, crime is only going to go up because the
criminals will always find a way to get them, and we will be left
defenseless against them, even in our own homes.

—Megan Hodge, Oklahoma City

Megan Hodge

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