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Editorial: What is ‘gun safety’? Do we really need it?




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By: Fred Ohnesorge

Our country recently suffered a savage and brutal attack on our own innocent citizenry, which has created a maelstrom of politics and fueled misinformation about the issue of gun ownership and the right to protect one’s self and family.

The attempt now is to frame the issue as one of safety.

You are hearing the words “gun safety” spoken by those who favor further restrictions on responsible gun ownership. The strategy is to frame the argument away from constitutional rights to one of public safety. Who could possibly be against being safe when it comes to guns? It is a tried and true strategy by those who lean to the left to obfuscate the true issue through clever usage of words or slogans.

However, this time these words and this phrase applies to those who favor gun ownership. What does “gun safety” mean to you? Could it mean that in the dead of night, when you are awakened by a noise outside, you feel safer as you retrieve that shotgun from the closet? Could it mean that when you are walking in a darkened parking lot to your car, you feel a bit safer thanks to the handgun you have concealed on your person? In these instances, you could provide gun safety if needed.

Gun safety is needed in our society today more than ever. If you were a citizen of Watertown last week, what type of gun safety did you want? Your city is in lockdown. You are told to not go outside because there is a terrorist, armed and dangerous, on the run from authorities in your neighborhood.

Would you want the safety of a gun when you heard a noise outside the door? Would seven bullets make you feel safe? Would 10? Would 30? Even with the massive manpower thrown at finding a terrorist on the run, it took a citizen, by pure happenstance, to find the bad guy and alert the authorities.

If you have a child in school, would you feel your child is safer seeing an armed guard standing at the entrance? If it saves just one more life, (the phrase some use at every turn to promote gun control,) why not have a good guy with a gun in every school? The ignorance of the folks who oppose gun ownership when it comes to the actual use of a firearm is staggering. The evil person who walks into a school with a semi-automatic rifle loaded with a 30-round magazine, could do just as much harm as a person with a semi-automatic handgun and four, five, or seven-round magazines, or a revolver with four or five speed loaders. Evil is evil, regardless of the instrument used to implement it.

The difference maker in that scenario is not the weapon or the manner in which the ammo is supplied to the weapon.

The only real difference maker is the armed trained professional at the school providing gun safety.

Gun safety, what does it mean to you?

Fred Ohnesorge is a business owner and resident of Floresville.
 

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