In a sign-meme on Facebook recently, there was a quote by Ronald Reagan:
“I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.” ~Ronald Reagan, in a speech at his 78th birthday celebration in Los Angeles on February 6, 1989.
KG MacGregor makes all salient points on this, in her blog Baby, You Can Drive My Gun when suggests using driving laws as a template for gun laws. I agree with her on all those points.
As a Moderate Independent, I find the truth often resides in the middle. I actually do agree with Reagan’s statement. And I love guns. I believe in the adages Guns don’t kill people, people do and If you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns. And I admire the M-16, (I learned how to completely disassemble one and put it back together properly in the Army) and I would love to have one for target shooting. And I believe that everyone should be able to defend themselves against the predators of this world–especially women, who are the most vulnerable to the violence of men. If I had had a gun that night in Oklahoma during my first college years, I would not have been beaten, cut up, and left in a ditch. I could have forced those two attackers to GO AWAY and leave me alone. I maintain that I would kill anyone who was trying to kill me or someone I love. But machine guns are NOT necessary to do that. Nor for hunting. Nor for target shooting. And the danger they represent should take priority over the freedom to own one.