We got an email this week from a 2nd amendment-loving citizen who started a White House petition. The people behind this petition came up with the idea to stop criminals with guns by creating legislation that would sentence felons, convicted with guns, to automatic life in prison. The petition’s creator said, “Take guns from criminals instead of lawful citizens.”
Sounds a little crazy, right? When I first read that, I thought. Ok, ok, I see your point, but no one will go for that. After the idea floated around in my brain a little bit, I wondered just why this idea sounded so crazy. Surely, it isn’t crazier than gun control advocates who look at gun violence and honestly think that the wise solution is to take guns away from the people who don’t even ever have a plan to use them unless attacked.
This prison for felons idea is NOT crazy. It’s logical. I wonder how many people will have the reaction that I did when I first read about it and shy away from signing it, thinking, “That’s just crazy. It would never pass.”
I think it sounds crazy just because we’ve never heard it before. It’s extreme. But, think about it – a felon has got a gun that he intends to kill people with…duh! HE is the one who should be disarmed and punished – not the 25-year-old woman living alone in an apartment in a shady neighborhood.
As a current parent and an ex-elementary school teacher, I can completely understand the reasoning behind this idea that the petition is based on. When I taught 4th grade, one of my main challenges was keeping twenty 9-year-olds behaving for 8 hours a day.
How would it make sense, as a teacher, for me to discipline the class by punishing the good kids when the defiant kids acted out? It wouldn’t! If Bobby pushed Sammy, why would I punish Julie – a third uninvolved party? The sensible thing to do would be to punish Bobby – the boy who pushed!
I just really can’t understand around how people are pro-gun control – and I say that respectfully. This is not to be read with a flailing arms and a wagging finger. I really just don’t see the logic. If you are pro-gun control, please share in the comments and explain why you are. I am always open to hearing what people believe and why.
I hate violence. And I know that those who are all for gun control seem to be against guns in general. But, the problem is that no matter how hard anti-gun people try to get guns out of the hands of people, lawbreakers will continue to break the law, and citizens will become less able to protect their families and more able to be controlled by the government. Even the most wonderful trustworthy President can’t be trusted with unlimited power. Anyone is suceptible to a power trip. That’s why our founding documents were put into place – so that this country would remain in the control of “we the people.” That’s why the 2nd amendment is so important and foundational.
I’m open minded as I’m relatively new to the political realm. I listen to both sides. Even though I consider myself an unshakable liberty-minded conservative, I purposely watch conservative and liberal spin shows. I’m interested in the other side of the argument. And, honestly, for most issues, I “get it.” I get why liberals are pro-abortion and gay marriage. The reason I’m not for those things is because of my Christian faith. I get why people are pro-welfare and national spending. They view it as a form of charity. I disagree with the liberal views, but I understand them.
I just don’t get the gun thing. Almost all of the most prominent anti-gun pundits and politicians have ARMED body guards! The average person can’t afford an armed body guard, so it gives you peace of mind knowing that IF someone broke into your house to hurt your family, you would be able to defend yourself.
This petition may sound “out there” since it’s not a common solution being thrown around, but even if all the petition does is get people thinking – its worth it. In order to even be displayed as a public petition on the White House website, it needs at least 150 signatures.
Before signing a White House petition, you’ll be directed to create an account and sign in.
Create an account:
Once you’ve done that, you can follow this link (http://wh.gov/tWE3) to sign the petition and make your voice heard in the gun control debate.