The 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is a hallmark of American society. The right to keep and bear arms makes the United States unique compared to many countries, and could possibly be the reason we haven’t been invaded since the early days of our history. I’m not saying that our great military could not stop an invasion; I dare any enemy of ours to try to land troops on our shores and see what happens. But in the off chance a few enemies do make it past our forces they certainly will not get very far. To modernize the Japanese saying from World War II, there are several rifles behind every blade of grass here in the United States.
Sadly, with the morals of society degenerating as they have, gun violence has been on the rise. Naturally, the response of many is to implement stringent gun control laws (on top of the severe regulations already in place across the country and at the federal level). “Common sense gun control” is the term being thrown across the board by politicians, activists, and the media alike.
Guess what? We already have common sense gun laws. And on top of that, every military service member and many students of CCW and other gun permit classes are taught basic weapon safety skills and rules that must always be followed, and if people all across the country (including law enforcement) were to remember and follow these at all times then it would not be much of a stretch to say that we could eliminate the vast majority of gun-related crimes and accidents in this country.
Allow me to share with you the Four Weapon Safety Rules, as taught by the United States Marine Corps.
1) Treat every weapon as if it were loaded. This means pretend that any gun has a bulletproof in it at all times and don’t do anything with it you would do if there was a full magazine loaded with a round in the chamber.
2) Never point your weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot. Going with the first weapon safety rule above, don’t point a gun at anything you don’t want to risk shooting at on accident or having a round accidentally discharge at. In other words, don’t point your gun at your kid, dog, car, and sure hell do not put the barrel in your mouth.
3) Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. Same thing, going along with the first two rules. Do not put your finger on the trigger or worse pull the trigger unless you want to take the chance that the gun is actually loaded and that you’re willing to risk hitting whatever your weapon is pointing at.
4) Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire. This does not mean lock the weapon on safe and completely ignore the first three rules. Safes sometimes fail and then you’re really up shit creek if the gun ends up being loaded and you’re pointing at something while pulling the trigger. No defense, no excuse, and no amount of head-slapping and ass-chewing will save you then.
Common sense, people. We do not need further laws reinforcing the very basics of gun safety. Just follow those four simple rules and you will be a responsible and safe gun owner. Write them down and tape it to your gun case so that whenever you open it you will be reminded. If you choose to be an asshole and ignore them, then just remember that 99 times out of 10 you will never own or use a gun again if you get caught.
And to the activists and politicians who think the vast majority of gun owners who follow the laws to the letter deserve even more restrictions, we know what we’re doing, thanks. Now how’s about you worry about the tiny fraction of idiots out there breaking the laws, huh? Because I GUARANTEE you that “common sense gun control laws” won’t mean a damn thing to them.