Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

February 11, 2014

'Gun-crazed' Americans have fingers on potential tragedy

Many years ago I had a conversation with a lady that was an acquaintance of mine.

During the conversation she proudly proclaimed that she owned seven guns and that if anyone broke into her home she was going to shoot them. When it came to the shooting part of the conversation, her facial expression changed, her eyes seemed to glaze over and a slight smile appeared as if she was envisioning the shooting.

She left me with the indelible impression that she was hoping people would break into her home so she could have the pleasure of shooting them. When I told her what my thoughts were on gun control she became very upset. We didn’t converse much after that. This is but one example of the potential for tragedy in gun-crazed America.

Perhaps I was just naïve for many years, but I just couldn’t understand what the thinking was of those people that hold their guns so dear. I now understand that some of those people truly believe that a tyrannical, monolithic United States government is trying to take their guns and their rights away and that they need to have their semi-automatic assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines to stave off any attempt of the government to seize their weaponry and rights.

That is beyond the pale of reasonable thought. For those that think that way, you really need to sit down and think about the consequences. The United States military is the most powerful military that has ever existed on the face of this earth. If you pick a fight with the military using your AR-15’s, that’s a fight that is going to last a nanosecond. That’s a little bit like going elephant hunting with a squirt gun.

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