A lot has been said about gun control over the last few months and, I daresay, a lot more will be said as time continues. Most of what has been said, printed, displayed or even thought is based on personal opinion, very few of those who have anything to say, and the means to get their message across, are unbiased, very few indeed are prepared to see the other side or even consider their arguments. And, of course, there is an abundance of misinformation doing the rounds which everyone plays on, each according to their own preformed opinion.
In my fairly recent post Control: Time For More Gun Responsibility I laid out what I think should be considered. You will notice, from my post, that at no time did I say any particular form of weaponry should be banned, merely that everything has its correct place in the order of things. I called for more responsibility of gun owners and, above all, for better training, mandatory training.
I stick by this.
Responsibility is not just a personal matter, it is something for everyone, not just the person carrying a weapon but also all those around them and their personal security. Personal security does not mean that a person needs to carry a high caliber assault rifle with them when shopping at the Mall, or that they need a complete arsenal of weapons at home.
No, owning a gun is not necessarily a bad idea, but tell me, is owning an assault rifle going to help you in any way? Will you be able to move enough to open your purse and get out your double-gauge shotgun to defend yourself while pinned to the ground with a hand around your throat? Is a gun the only means available to defend yourself in such a situation?
Training was one of my main points, and continual training at that. I doubt that most of the women in this (humorous) video have had too many hours on the range learning how to even hold a shotgun, let alone how to fire one correctly. I know that I wouldn’t be able to just pick up a shotgun and blast tin cans off a wall, let alone hit the proverbial barn door from three paces. A shotgun may well be good for defending your home against intruders, but it is still not ideal and it is certainly not suitable for everyone in your household, so why not go the more sensible way?
And this is the final problem, sometimes there is simply no way out, sometimes there can be no defense. As bad as it may seem, sometimes you simply cannot win, no matter what you have in your arsenal, no matter how well trained you are. Sometimes it is a case of getting through, of surviving, and then getting back at that person, or those people, through other means, through legal means.
- Viktoria Michaelis.