On a daily basis we hear the platitude that we must ban guns on one hand to protect people from harming themselves and other. It is interesting to hear we have to ban guns from hunting because people can accidentally shoot themselves or someone else. Sometimes people do shoot themselves or others while hunting. But let’s examine the shifting idea on the gun debate. As our population grows, we require more land to develop and build upon. We increase and develop the rural areas and turn them into bedroom communities creating our ever larger commutes to work. The loss of rural areas cuts down on the area where people can hunt. With loss of areas to for game to live there are less people who can go out and hunt and use firearms. With fewer hunters than non-hunters the idea grows that “We don’t need guns to hunt.” Why, “Because we don’t know anyone that hunts” and therefore its bad to have guns that can hurt people in my neighborhood.
But here is the hypocrisy of our society. Look on ESPN and watch extreme skateboarding, X-Games, motocross, or even NASCAR and see those people endanger their lives. Every weekend sports channels highlight NASCAR wrecks at 200 miles per hour. For more excitement they show when the cars under extreme stress come apart and debris lands in the stand hurting innocent spectators. We celebrate and reward people who fly through the sky, on a board, 30 feet in the air. We mourn that people die participating in these extreme events, but is having a gun is more dangerous? On average 38,000 people die a year in automobile accidents. But you say, “That’s different, we need them. They are a part of society.” So were rifles for the past 400 years. Even today, some people need firearms to hunt for the survival of their families. Even the excuse that the Second Amendment is outdated because we don’t have to worry about the government being tyrannical has gone by the wayside. When the government goes after the media and uses the IRS to suppress the rights of its citizens then it looks tyrannical, and thus breathes new life into the argument of needing guns to protect us from oppression.
If we are going to outlaw anything that can hurt you, or potentially everyone else, then park the cars that may kill someone in an accident and wrap everyone in bubble wrap. I don’t hunt and therefore someone can’t say I’m just a crazy NRA fanatic. The fact is life is dangerous. Don’t try to ban one thing saying we are looking out to protect society while celebrating others which are just as dangerous. To go all out on one and ignore the other because “We like the other one” is simple hypocrisy.