Why a Nice Girl Like Me Packs a Walther PPK 9mm Semi Automatic HandgunMay 4, 2000 Write an essay on this topic.
I used to be ashamed that I have a gun. In my family, people just don't have guns. Guns are bad. Guns kill people. I still believe this is true.
• So, why do I have a gun?
I'm afraid. I'm 5'2" and live out in the middle of almost nowhere and I'm usually here by myself, or with a bunch of kids. I feel ill equipped to defend myself or my family against brute force. I want something to equalize the playing field and give me a fighting chance. That's really it, plain and simple
• Why did I get a Semi Automatic?
Well, the reason I chose a semi automatic over a revolver, was the combination of safety and protection it offered. Since the semi has clips (bullet holders) which hold the rounds (bullets) I can keep the clips loaded, but apart from the gun. Therefore, even if someone finds the gun itself, it is useless without a loaded clip installed. But, I can load and cock the gun in seconds, even in the dark.
On a note of caution, always check the chamber for a round. Never assume the gun is unloaded just because the clip is removed!
The brand of gun I have is a Walther PPK. At the time I purchased this handgun, it was the choice as the second weapon for cops. Additionally, it packed a punch but was a good size for me to handle. The quality of Walthers is well known, and as much as a gun can be attractive, they are. My Walther has actually appreciated in value from when I originally purchased it. Go figure.
• Do I think everyone should have a gun?
Absolutely not. In fact, I wish NO ONE had a gun, including me. The problem is there are too many of them around, and in the wrong hands. They are too accessible. I have to arm myself because, no doubt, the person who breaks into my house will most likely be armed.
• Who should have Guns?
In a perfect world: law enforcement officers. (period)
In the real world as it stands now: responsible people. Defining that is a difficult task.
• Do I think we should have Gun Control Laws?
YES! I think it should be difficult to get a gun. I don't care if there are already laws, those laws are not working, whether through lack of enforcement or lack of clarity. We don't have gun control now in this country... we have gun out of control.
Make new strict, simple laws and enforce them consistently.
• Why do we need Gun Control Laws?
Come on out to the country and see who has guns. In rural areas, like mine, you can go right out into your field and fire away at will. Do I worry about the path of bullets through the woods or fields? You bet I do. Is the average Joe thinking about the trajectory when he blasts away? I wonder about that every time I take a walk and hear a shot.
How about the guy behind the gun counter at Wal-Mart who loves to tell about his gun collection... and why I should use these special exploding on impact bullets, the effect of which he gleefully describes in gory anatomical detail?
Think about the good ole boy down the road who constantly yells at his wife and storms out of the house in drunken rages... with his gun.
The man who accidentally shot and killed his own 13 year old son while deer hunting. "I thought it was a buck" he is quoted as saying in the paper. He thought?
The family across town who leaves their revolver lying around... loaded. How about the kids in that area? Do I want my kids in a house that has a loaded gun lying around? How would I know about it?
And people like me, your average hard working professional, the kind you don't even think has one.
How can you be sure that we are responsible and exercise diligent caution with our firearms?
• What is the purpose of guns?
The purpose of guns, is simply, to kill things.
Let that sink in.
That's what makes the whole topic so uncomfortable and polarizing. Because to say you have a gun for self defense, is to say that you are willing to kill someone. Am I? Yes. Make no mistake, if someone comes over here with the intention of violating my home, my family, or me, I will shoot, and I will only have to shoot once.
• Am I paranoid?
No. But I am afraid. Just look around, and watch the news. People killing people for no good reason. Just a couple of months ago there was a convicted rapist on the loose, and he was spotted less than 1/4 mile from my house. A man just ran his wife off the road into an oncoming freight train killing 2 women and 2 young children. Two teenagers arm themselves and shoot their way through their school. It goes on and on. I think about it, don't you?
• Guns don't kill people, people kill people?
Well, it's true that guns don't jump up and fire a few rounds by themselves... but if guns were not so readily available I guarantee you that there would be less killing. It's just too damn easy to kill someone with a gun. You just stand there and pull the trigger. Bammo. If your aim is good, they drop dead; if it's not, maybe they're irrevocably injured.
- No time for second thoughts.
- No need to get your hands dirty.
- No need to be in physical contact with your "target"
- No chance to let your emotions subside.
- No turning back.
• But, guns are for sport
If you want to shoot targets, you can accomplish the same mission less dangerously with a BB gun. If you're sneaking around the woods looking to take out Bambi, it's not anywhere near enough of a competition to even be called a "sport" in my opinion.
Granted, there is some value to the powerful macho feeling one gets when out in the field blasting a few clips. The flame coming out of the barrel, the smell of the gunpowder, the way the cans on the fence dance under fire. No two ways about it, it's fun. It's a real life arcade game. I'll admit I like it. But I wish I didn't have to do it. I can't honestly say the value of guns as a "sport" is worth the danger to the population.
• What about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights?
I'll tell you straight up. I don't study the Constitution and I'm not an attorney. My very limited view is that the Constitution was written in a time of war and revolution. It was a different world. I don't believe the Constitution should be a stagnant document. I believe it should be revised to keep abreast of changes in our evolving world.
Yes, we should have a right to bear arms in a time of war. I guess some would say we are at war, but I believe that war is of our own making because of our lax attitudes about gun possession.
I can see some value in having a population that is prepared and able to come to the aid of their countrymen... but is the price worth it?
• Fire a gun, and then decide
Fire away, blast a few rounds. Feel the omnipotence. See the flames shoot from the barrel. Witness the destruction of your target. Feel the ease with which you can wield this awesome power. Fire some more. Load another clip. Have a good time. See how easy it becomes to pull the trigger. Feel how emotionless it can be. Imagine being upset or enraged. Think about losing control for one split second.
Wonder about what kind of control that other guy has on his emotions... and wonder if your neighbors' guns are secure from theft, and safely out of reach of your children.
Do we really want everyone to have one of these?
Be very afraid.
--If you have a gun, please be safe:--
• Never, ever, point a gun at anyone unless you mean business.
• Always point your gun in a safe direction: away from yourself, other people, or property.
• Be sure of your target before you pull the trigger.
• Keep all guns unloaded until ready for use.
• Never clean a loaded gun
• Never shoot at a flat, hard surface, such as water
• Never assume anything about any gun... either you know or you do not
• Consider all guns as loaded guns
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