Tuesday, March 15, 2005
I didn't realize how violent our country is until I moved to Germany. We have seen historically that Germans are not the most passive people, but it is a comparatively safe country. People don't get killed on the news. You can wander around by yourself at night. They claim it is because they don't own personal firearms. You can buy a rifle to hunt with, but it is registered and restricted to weapons that can be legally used for hunting. No one has handguns. This week we (the US) had the church service shooting in Wisconsin and the Nichols situation in Atlanta. This is following up the family of another judge being slaughtered in Chicago. If we want to look back any further there are endless accounts of school shootings, liquor store hold ups, car jackings, and everything else. I am a twenty-something male soldier and I think guns are as cool as everyone else (though I don't give them names). But maybe the price for having them isn't worth the novelty of owning one. I have heard all of the militia arguments about needing them for protection against criminals and a government takeover, but let's face it. The less guns floating around the less likely you are to be the victim of a crime involving one. And the government is already in control of our country. That's why they are the government. If you think owning a Glock is going to help you resist them you are mistaken. They have tanks, helicopters, fighter jets, submarines, aircraft carriers, laser guided missiles, and hovercrafts even.