We Can't Make Americans Safer By Making Them Defenseless

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | July 23, 2012 | 10:03 AM EDT

The world is aware and aghast at the horrible and bizarre tragedy that took place in Aurora, CO. At the time of this writing, the details are still somewhat sketchy but as they emerge it becomes evident that James Holmes had been planning this abominable evil for some time.

From the pictures I've seen so far, this monster appears perfectly normal; not the look of a heartless mass murderer on the level with any al-Qaeda terrorist, capable of causing indiscriminate death and suffering with no regard for age or innocence.

The true extent of the suffering he has caused can only be felt by the family members of the dead victims and those who lie in hospital beds, their lives forever changed for doing something as mundane as walking into a movie theater. My heart and prayers go out to each one of them.

The nation is in shock and wondering how we go about keeping acts like this from ever happening again. Of course the politicians are licking their chops and the anti-gun lobby is chomping at the bit to take advantage of the moment to pass some meaningless piece of feel good firearms legislation.

Let me say here and now. I have owned guns since my preteen years, every male in our family had guns, our neighbors had guns, our acquaintances had guns, but not one of us ever fired one in an offensive fashion unless it was by virtue of serving in the military, or in a sheriff's posse in bygone years.

There are enough firearms laws on the books now to paper the south wall of the Grand Canyon, and I - and folks like me - abide by them. We're the ones who apply for carry permits, buy our guns from reputable dealers and not from some thug on the street corner. We're the ones who buy the hunting licenses, observe all the safety rules and never point a gun, empty or loaded at anything we don't want to shoot.

The people President Obama referred to as clinging to our “guns or religion” are not the ones who hold up liquor stores, we're not the home invaders, or the bank robbers, we're not the ones who rape defenseless women at gunpoint, we don't do drive by shootings or terrorize convenience stores.

The only reason any of us would shoot another human being would be to protect ourselves and our families. And yet knowing this, there are those who would make it a crime for people like us to own a gun.

Well, to those of you of that persuasion, let me pose a question. If the people who kill and maim with guns they have illegally obtained won't obey the volumes of gun laws on the books now, what makes you think they would obey a new one that required that everybody give up their guns.

Do you honestly think it would make America a safer place or would it make every house in America a potential target for home invasion, the criminals knowing that the most lethal weapon they'd have to face would be a water pistol?

Would it make car jacking easier for the criminals if they knew that the driver is not going to pull out a .40 cal and put their lights out?

Would convenience store employees be safer?

Would the nurse who works the late shift and has to approach her car in a dim parking garage feel more at ease?

Would the people who would not be alive now had they not had a weapon when some thug accosted them say they think it's a good idea?

It's so simple, instead of putting more Band-Aids on the problem it needs to be dealt with in a mature fashion. Instead of taking the legal guns out of the locked gun cases in law abiding citizen's homes, take the illegal guns out of the hands of the violent punks who use them to harm innocent people, and you don't need a new law for that, it's already on the books in triplicate.

These thugs already have guns you can't even buy legally now. Try buying an Uzi or a MAC-10 through legal channels.

Gun dealers who let guns walk without proper clearances should be put out of business; we already have laws for that.

Firearms companies who knowingly let firearms go to outlets they know will sell them to criminals should be banned from doing business in America and we already have a law for that now.

Attorney generals who put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels should be prosecuted. We have laws for that too if there wasn't a president standing in the way.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, and for our country.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

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