I have thought long and hard about heading down this road, but I find I can no longer just sit back and watch the media twist items into oblivion. I normally leave the controversial writings to others as I like to focus more on humor or good feelings, but I can no longer just read and listen.
Our country has experienced a number of tragic shooting events over the years and it has seemed to be getting worse in the recent past. These are all terrible things to happen and my heart goes out to all who have been involved. Losses of life in these types of incidences are things no one or no family should have to go through.
I have read and watched many media pieces about these tragedies as well as what seems to be the pundits’ views of proper solutions. What continues to amaze me are the amounts of misinformation, twisted information, sensationalized information or now the lack of information (but I will get to that in a bit). Let’s look at the reality of some of these items.
I understand the call for gun control very much, but the reality is no limited gun control alone will hinder these types of tragedies and some type of full elimination of guns doesn’t have a chance of ever becoming a reality. It is evident from the misinformation that banning AR-15s would do the trick. Baloney! I am a gun owner. I am not a collector, but I am a hunter and I also like to target shoot. Over the years I have purchased, won or have been given quite a number of shotguns, rifles and black powder guns. Many of them are semi-automatic and are as deadly when misused as any AR-15. I know this from personal experience as I own an AR-15. I won it at a raffle and don’t use it much and if I do, it is for target shooting only. It is nowhere near as accurate or as fast as many of my other semi-automatic rifles, so I use something else to hunt with.
Notice I said semi-automatic, not “fully” semi-automatic. What kind of crap is this new term? Obviously, it was coined by the media to try to draw a foul distinction between some rifles. If you own any semi-automatic that isn’t “fully semi-automatic, you need to go to a gunsmith and have your rifle fixed.
The latest piece to make my head spin was the recent school shooting in Maryland. I saw the reports of a shooting on the internet and later heard the story on the radio during national news. The report was confusing because it mentioned two wounded students but no mention how it was kept from being worse. I then saw a note from a friend in Maryland who praised an armed school resource officer for the fast action in confronting the shooter and they exchanged fire and the shooter was fatally wounded. While it was certainly bad, I am thankful it wasn’t worse. What was bad, as well, was the time that lapsed before any national reports even made mention of the resource officer and his involvement.
I am not in favor of arming teachers unless they would like to be and submit to a ton of training, but I do think having trained and armed resource officers and the proper detection equipment is the best deterrent to these terrible tragedies in our schools.
Are there gun control measures that would be appropriate? I really don’t believe so unless they are measures to prevent any weapon from being modified to be able to be automatic. I don’t know enough about bump stocks to have much of an opinion on them, but if they move semi-automatic weapon closer to being fully automatic, then they should be closely considered for more control.
I guess I will wait to see what type of poop storm I just stirred up, but I couldn’t sit back anymore and let misinformation rule the day.
And that’s the situation as I survey it …
After a 35-year career downstate livin’ amongst da trolls, during which he built a successful engineering and surveying business, John Matonich is back home in da U.P. His column will appear here occasionally, don’tcha know. His book “Surveyin’ Da Situation” is available on Amazon.com.