However, I am against gun control. I firmly believe that removing guns from the hands of ordinary citizens is bad, bad, bad. I am completely baffled when ordinarily intelligent and sensible people try to argue that getting rid of guns is a good idea. I'm also stunned at the amount of senseless ridicule that is thrown at the NRA.
It is unfortunate that the desire to get rid of guns has become a boilerplate part of liberal politics these days. Say you're against gun control in the company of liberals, and you will instantly be labeled a "gun nut", a Republican, and often times a lot of other really nasty things -- up to and including a Nazi (interestingly, the Nazis were in favor of gun control). I'm a liberal but I'm against gun control, and I think quite a few other liberals are too, but are afraid to admit it. That needs to change.
Of course, guns are not toys. Kids should be taught not to play with them. However, that is the responsibility of parents. Society should not have to render itself defenseless just so parents won't have to teach their kids. I'm not saying all parents should own guns and take their kids out to shooting ranges; just that they should inform their children that guns are powerful weapons, and should be treated with respect and caution.posted by Potsy at 7:37 PM on February 28, 2001
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