The Gun Control Debate.......Anybody else seeing this trend?
The recent tragedy in CT has kind of brought the gun control debate off the back burner. I'm not really looking to debate the issue here, but was curious if anyone else was seeing the same trends I'm seeing among my friends and co-workers who are "pro-gun"?
In the brief time since that incident I've seen a significant increase in comments and Facebook activity on the gun issue and a lot of it kind of seems like paranoid rantings out of touch with reality and is somewhat disturbing.
From what I've seen, nobody (government wise) is talking about taking away everybody's 2nd Amendment Rights. The only discussion that I'm seeing is about restricting the ability of private citizens to purchase and possess "military grade" weapons like the civilian versions of the M-16 rifle.
I'm seeing stuff like.......
** defiant postings about not giving up their weapons and subtle hints at revolution as if somebody was coming around collecting them.
** lots of people are killed with baseball bats, but we didn't ban them so we shouldn't ban guns which to me ignores the obvious fact that it's a lot harder to murder/injure multiple people with a Louisville Slugger than an AR-15. So it's not exactly a fair comparison.
** the 2nd Amendment says I have the right to own an AR-15, however the 2nd Amendment doesn't actually say that. It says that citizens have the right to "keep and bear arms", but it doesn't say anything about having the right to own any specific type of weapon nor does it say that the government can't ban ownership of any specific type of weapon.
** the reaction to Dick's Sporting Goods decision to halt the sale of firearms is to boycott their stores.
** negative personal comments towards "famous" people known to be "pro-gun" who have recently stated that the issue of private ownership of "assault weapons" should be revisited.
The frequency and volume of these types of postings and the number of "likes" a lot of them are getting just seems like they're fighting a battle without actually having an opponent.
I was just wondering if anybody else was having a similar experience or is just with the people I know?