Tons O’ Guns

“tons o’ guns everybody’s getting strapped tons o’ guns got to watch the way you act tons o’ guns real easy to get tons o’ guns bringing nothing but death tons o’ guns are in the streets nowadays “
Guru of Gangstarr “Tons o’ guns”

A couple of weeks ago Seung-Hui Cho, an English major at Virginia Tech decided to take it upon himself and lash out at the rich, privileged, and anyone else that just happened to be around when he snapped. By now we all know the story and what happened so there is no need to repeat those unfortunate events here. What happened was deplorable. There is no other way to describe what went down.

There are bigger issues that need to be talked about; gun control. America brings the conversation up every now and then- – mostly when someone does something highly illegal with a gun. Then we talk about what happened on the news but then the conversation goes away. It is usually replaced by some white woman who was kidnapped or Paris Hilton getting another case of the clap or a DUI. This continues for years until another group of innocent people get mowed down while minding there own business.

Americans has been packing since day one. It who we are and what we do. We’ve all seen the bumper sticker that reads “You can have my gun when you pry is out of my cold dead hand.” As a nation we pack so much heat that is a guaranteed right. You never know whom you had to deal with on a day-to-day basis: King George, bloodthirsty Indians, uppity slaves, and their abolitionist backers. I don’t have a problem with people having guns but I just have reservations about who gets to own them. Frankly, guns remind me a lot of pit bulls. Most of the time they are harmless but every now and then a pit bull mauls a toddler and destroys the life of a family. Just like a gun in the wrong hands. The average guy who goes hunting, protects his home, and obtains guns through the proper channels is probably not going to make his neighborhood pub look like a John Woo movie if an argument breaks out. The NRA types aren’t going to do anything insane and they usually aren’t carrying B.A.R’s or Tommy guns. It’s the wild cards that scare me.

Wild cards like Cho. My first question is how can a non-American citizen obtain a gun legally in the post – 9/11 world? I’m clearly not an “us vs. them” type but does that even make sense. If he could do it any random, angry foreign national with the right paper work could just buy a gun legally and then commit any heinous act he felt like. Then we get another disaster to talk about until Nancy Grace hears about some random white girl getting snatched up somewhere.
In addition to the Cho types you have to deal with the average criminal inhabiting your local hood or trailer parks. They are just as dangerous and probably even more reckless which makes them that much of a threat. To make things worse their guns aren’t even registered. Sure they don’t accrue the body count the Cho did but they are just as dangerous. Some serious screening needs to take place before someone can legally get heat. If not things like the Virginia Tech incident will keep occurring every couple of years. Just a little something for everyone to think about while y’all are cleaning your guns.

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