I never understood guns.
I don’t mean for cops and members of the military. I mean, I don’t understand why guns are available for people whose only qualifications for gun ownership are a poorly-worded constitutional amendment and a lack of a (serious) criminal record.
(Also: Notice no one ever talks about the role of military service - that inconvenient other part of the Amendment #2 - as part of buying a small arsenal from a gun show.)
I’d like to think most gun buyers are thinking about home defense: In that scenario, the gun owner comes home from the church book club, copy of “Atlas Shrugged” in hand, and finds, like, 50 burglars looking through his/her stuff. And so the gun owner gets to bust shit up.
But in-between the gun purchase and the ass-kicking, there’s that risk of a loved one shooting himself or herself by accident. In 2009, more than 18,000 people wounded themselves in an accidental shooting.
But, you know, that Macbook is safe.
In Brookline, the number of licenses to own or carry a gun increased. Not by a lot, police told the Brookline TAB [cartoon here], but those numbers did rise, and include three people who are licensed to own machine guns in town.
Media reporting suggests there’s a fear among some gun owners that Obama may take their guns away, even though he has never said those words ever, and has said the exact opposite.
Somehow, I think I’d feel safer if people were just buying guns for protection, rather than out of fear.