I’m willing to check it out based on the statements of your average gun owner talking about his right to own guns; lots of guns. Well let’s just say I’m concerned. An estimated 300,000,000 million guns in American citizen's hands, probably ensures that the likelihood of any American getting shot is higher than US Citizens care to think about. We are a nation in love with guns. Why? The mythology of the gun runs through our history from ‘Minute Man’ and gun totting Cowboys, to the gangster mythology as romanticized in the ‘Godfather' series. From Sam Peckingpah's, movies ‘Bonnie and Clyde, and ‘The Wild Bunch’we like the idea of men of action taking the law into their own hands, on behalf of the law or against the law, Americans are equal opportunity killers.
We have a reservoir of trained gun users in this Country as well from the Military, which has kept Americans all over this Country cutting edge in their first hand knowledge of Assault weapons, etc. Now a man or a woman who defends this Country only has my deepest admiration. The trauma of war has however shown that the passage into civilian life can at times be rocky for veterans on many levels. I only use Veterans with Post Traumatic Disorder, as an example of why psychological evaluation is a good idea before anyone can buy a gun.
I actually believe the stress of everyday living in civilian life is enough to push a lot of us over the edge. Civilians shouldn’t be allowed to own, or buy a gun without proof of a yearly psychological evaluation examination, and proof of having attended an anger management class. We might get lucky and weed out people who have lost it, or are near losing it mentally speaking, and thereby avert tragedy like we saw yesterday in Newtown, CT. Are a high percentage of Americans borderline nut cases? I’m willing to check it out based on the statements of your average gun owner talking about gun rights. Let’s just say after hearing an NRA member talk about guns, I’m eager to talk about Gun Control in America.
I think the average American may in fact be walking a thin line between sanity and madness. I volunteer to be tested first in any case. I think I only have a 50/50 chance of passing, but I’m not going to let pride get in the way, I want the Gun Culture’ in America to change and I’m willing to change to and I don’t want to own a gun. The problem is there are millions of NRA members who would be glad to sell me a bunch of guns. I’m tired of waiting for the NRA to help American citizens out, by backing sensible legislation for Gun Control, to avert these horrible shootings that leave us all numb. Lets change America’s gun culture now!
Mike Flynn ‘Middle Class Mike’