We all know the type. I’m a gun owner but…. Here’s another one.
I never have been rabidly anti-gun, and I even competed on my college rifle team and had a father and brothers who were avid hunters. It is hard not to conclude, though, that easily obtainable (especially in Virginia) pistols hold a lot more potential for injury than any public good, no matter what the advocates of gun ownership contend.
He’s right. If you don’t bother to look at any of the facts, it is not hard to conclude that guns cause more problems than they solve. However, if you are even passably aquainted with the facts, the conclusion falls apart.
I believe the presence of guns in society is more likely to be harmful than beneficial. I cannot take seriously the people who believe that carrying concealed weapons will make all of us safer.
And I can’t take academics seriously who want to disarm me because they think it will make them safer.
He’s just another totalitarian, trying to control my life because he can’t control the criminals.
UPDATE: I didn’t make much of it when I wrote this post, but the column author’s son committed suicide. The professor talks about it in the column, in passing. He does say that the son didn’t use a gun to commit suicide, but he did use a gun earlier in his life.
The places police believe Charles W. Kochersberger visited the past four days could fit on anyone’s list of errands: an ATM on Friday; grocery store on Saturday; bookstore on Sunday; and a pharmacy on Monday.
Kochersberger, 26, of 415 S. Boylan Ave., was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. He is accused of spending his Veteran’s Day weekend holding up the three stores and a woman who was using a Cameron Village ATM, collecting a combined total of $640.
He lives with his parents, Bob Kochersberger, an N.C. State University journalism professor, and Janet Watrous, an Episcopal pastor. The elder Kochersberger writes occasional opinion columns for The News & Observer.
There’s this family biography
During the past three years, Charlie struggled to regain his footing, which he lost to drug addiction and depression. Yet even in these darker years, Charlie was able to bring a light heart and cheerful word to family and friends.
So we have a drug user, and a convicted felon who committed suicide without a gun, but we need to ban guns to prevent suicide.
Maybe the good professor should have spent more time worrying about his son and less time worrying about my gun.
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