A few years back when the SUV craze was really getting going, certain groups criticized people for driving them. They were using too much gasoline and they were polluting the world. After all, they asked, who needs a four-wheel drive vehicle that carries seven people? These people aren’t going off road or climbing mountains in the snow or trudging through the mud. They, by driving these gas hogs, are just being unfair to all the rest of us. The most difficult driving they might experience is high curbs at the Macy’s parking lot.
similarity between this criticism and the oft offered opinion that
people don’t need assault weapons is striking. Who needs a gun that will
hold thirty rounds of ammunition? To go deer hunting with an assault
weapon is akin to sharpening a pencil with a chainsaw. The groups who
hold these views also seem to be the same people who feel their opinion
should take precedence over your opinion. Never mind that owning a
semi-automatic rifle is completely legal as is owning a multi round
magazine for ammunition. No, that doesn’t seem to matter to them, only
what if I said that in my opinion a person should never own a home with
four or five bedrooms and two or three or more bathrooms. What if I
said a person should never own a car that goes over seventy miles per
hour? After all, that is the speed limit in most of the country. Why do
you need a lot with over an acre of space? Don’t you realize that there
are people who have little or no yard space? Why would you have a closet
full of shoes or clothes hanging there? You cannot possibly wear but
one set at a time. Some people have homes in both the north and in the
south. Can you be two places at once?
is pretty clear to me that people have what they have because that is
what they want. No couple checked with me to see if I approved of the
fact that they wanted a three thousand square foot home for just the two
of them. My opinion wasn’t sought for people who wanted to buy a fast
car. People don’t ask my opinion because it is none of my business what
they have. People also don’t ask me to comment on their desire to own an
AR15 assault rifle with a thirty round magazine. Why? Because it is
none of my business.
do not own an “assault weapon” as defined by the media. Personally I
believe any weapon is capable of assault depending on the intentions of
the possessor of that weapon. Timothy McVeigh did his mayhem without a
gun of any kind let alone an assault weapon and of course one can still
buy fertilizer and rent trucks. I don’t own an assault weapon because it
is my choice not to own one. As a free citizen of this great country,
to own one or not to own one is my choice and I don’t personally care
what anybody else thinks about my decision. I am a gun owner and again
that is my choice. What you do is your business.
problem is clear. Too many people feel their opinions should trump
everyone else’s. Some even want to trump the Bill of Rights. You and I
are free people. We decide what is best for us. Unless of course you
have a wife and when you look longingly at a glazed donut she says, “You
don’t need that.” Believe it and leave the donut alone.
Ron Scarbro January 30, 2013
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