Gun Control

I just almost had an argument on MSN with my sister Marie. It came about when we were talking about guns. I told her I’m going to apply for a gun license on August 1st. Right away immediately she started getting negative and didn’t even want to talk about it. She said that friends of hers had been hurt, shot and murdered by guns. I found the fact that she wants a ban on guns a bit funny because we got into a heated argument the other day about her liking New York saying she could definitely live there. Like HELLO? America? Constitution? Right To Bear Arms? Trigger happy Yanks?

I told her that the firearm would be for hunting deer. I stated that it would be for food, and not for trophies but she still didn’t want to hear it.

I was trying to tell her that hunting is a traditional part of my son and daughter’s cultural heritage. It’s one of the few traditional things that Aboriginal people in Canada can do today. Am I supposed to just stop them practising their culture because of some assholes in metropolis cities all over the world who shoot people out of vengeance or for material gain?

What people don’t understand is that a gun is only dangerous when it’s in the hands of an irresponsible person. It’s the same as a butter knife… a letter opener… or a large dog. If you use it right they’re entirely safe.

What is needed is more background checks, reference checks, character interviews and less restrictions on the good people who need or want firearms for legitimate uses.

Hunting isn’t part of my culture, and it won’t ever be… but it is a part of my children’s. It bothers me that people will look down on me or think ill of me trying to help my children practise something their people have been doing for hundreds of years.

People who want a blanket ban on firearms are either ignorant of the facts or misinformed.

As most people who know me know I’m not a big fan of American culture in general and of the way Americans do most things so I’m not for anyone having a gun for whatever reason. Just the more sensible people having better access to firearms, and looneys not.

Ryan Paul

A British expat living in a state of deep hatred for the types of people produced in Kenora.

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