Oliver Goldsmith said: “Every absurdity has a champion to defend it.”
Not a day goes by that I am not dumbfounded by a story in the news. The lengths to which some people will go to defend gun usage is staggering. Even worse, when people use the excuse of “self-defense” as a means to unnecessarily pull the trigger of a firearm, I am appalled. Conservatives will tell you that we all have a “right” to bear arms; citing an outdated Second Amendment—which itself was not designed for modern times, like the First Amendment was. Because they own the media, Conservatives dominate the gun control debate. But every once in a while, a story breaks through that shows just how dangerous and unnecessary guns are in today’s society.
According to CBS Seattle, a Medford war monger—sorry: “military veteran”—has been charged with the unlawful use of a gun because he fired a rifle unnecessarily when he suspected that someone was breaking into his home.
“36-year-old Corey Thompson fired a warning shot from his AR-15 rifle at 40-year-old Jonathon Kinsella after he tried to break into Thompson’s house through the back door.”
According to Lt. Mike Budreau: “There was nothing that the suspect was doing that was aggressive enough to justify the shooting…In fact, the suspect was walking away.”
In a feeble attempt to defend his actions with the rifle, Mr. Thomson said: “When I’m dealt with a stressful situation, being a veteran from Iraq and the Afghanistan war, it’s natural. I just jump into combat mode. I told him I’m going to give you a warning shot…I can see where they’re coming from, with those kinds of ordinances and stuff. I understand, yes, I did discharge my weapon, but I was careful not to fire it at anybody’s residence…It was at the ground specifically.”
There are numerous dangers involved in simply owning a firearm, let alone using one. Conservatives will try to skew the statistics to serve their own agenda; citing irrelevant CDC studies that show that nearly 80% of gun murders are gang related. They will note that in spite of Japan’s gun control measures, the Japanese suicide rate is more than double that of the United States’. The Conservatives will tell you that people are the problem, not guns. This isn’t the Boston Bombing; this isn’t explosives; we’re talking about firearms!
Because Mr. Thomson is a “veteran,” he believes he has the right to operate a firearm. He blames his reckless “toward the ground” shot on his military training. He claims that he even told the potential intruder that he was about to fire a warning shot before he so brashly pulled the trigger. We may never know for certain.
I’m sure the alleged intruder would have left the premises if Mr. Thomson would have simply asked. But rather than go to the trouble to ask, or threaten to call the cops, he almost endangered the lives of potentially numerous people.
One wonders how many lives could have been destroyed by Mr. Thomson’s rash decision, had he not used his alleged expert training and honed instincts to “specifically” fire at the ground. He should be locked up for good.
I respect the Constitution as much as the next guy, but there are simply parts of it that are wrong! Defenders of the Second Amendment actually believe that they will be safer with a gun in their hands. They believe the research of criminologist Gary Kleck, of Florida State, claiming that self-defensive gun use occurs roughly 2,000,000 times a year. The Conservatives truly believe that their own government could turn on them. This isn’t Germany, Italy, China, Russia, North Korea, Iran, Syria, Vietnam, Cambodia, or most of Africa; this is America!
My point is this: guns have no place in this country. It’s not people with a lack of empathy that kill, it’s guns that kill. Even in self-defense, guns do more harm than good. Don’t believe the numerous “statistics,” or the “anecdotal evidence” suggesting that guns save lives. Don’t assume that just because dozens and dozens of other countries within the last 80 years have turned on their people, that the US will turn on us. It’s absurd.
NOTE: Just in case someone reads too hastily to see it, this column is sarcasms designed to expose the real absurdity.