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April 6, 2013

Teenhood Today: Responsibility is at heart of gun debate

I’m a hunter. That means that I know exactly where my meat came from, and I know that the animal died in a humane way. Plus venison is my favorite meat. 

If you’re not a hunter, that’s fine. If you’re against hunting, that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to his own opinions and beliefs. I’m not going to throw a gun into anyone’s hands and force him to sit in the cold woods for hours and hours waiting for game to walk by. I’m not going to force anyone to go hunting. That’s your own personal decision, wouldn’t you agree? 

Why, then, is the Constitution at risk of being edited, taking away my right to bear arms? 

I know all of the arguments for the gun laws, but it still doesn’t make sense. Making something illegal is not going to automatically make it vanish. The prohibition act in 1920 made the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol illegal. However, by 1925, thousands of speakeasy clubs were prospering underground. What did the prohibition act accomplish? Nothing but to jumpstart the natural human instinct to rebel. 

I know a major argument is that guns harm others. That’s correct, but only when they’re not used properly. Anything can be harmful with the wrong intentions. Then you say, “But a gun is practically begging to be used when people get angry.” Well, so is the kitchen knife. If someone gets angry enough at other human beings to want to kill them, the problem is not that there is a gun somewhere near, it’s that that person wants to take a life. That person needs help. 

People have been harmed by others in the past, long before guns were ever thought of. What if the Cave-Men-Committee had banned the use of fire because too many arguments ended in a human barbecue? Then we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today. Fire has helped in the development of so many of the things we enjoy today! 

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