Are we certain that guns don't kill people?

Guns don’t kill people. Muslims do. There. Problem solved in six words. The only problem is that guns do, in fact, kill people when you have a murderous idiotic with his finger on the trigger, regardless of whether that finger is attached to a Muslim or a Baptist. The AR-15 is designed to kill humans quickly and efficiently. One of them killed 26 people in a Connecticut elementary school in less than five minutes. Another AR-15 killed 14 people in San Bernardino and 14 people in a theatre in Aurora, Colorado. Last weekend, an AR-15 was used to kill 49 people in a bar in Orlando. Gun aficionados know the AR-15 is not fully automatic. You have to pull the trigger every time you want to fire a bullet to kill somebody. That’s what we should be upset about. We’re going to end up with an entire generation of murderers with tennis finger. And how will they get treatment after Donald Trump does away with Obamacare? Assault weapons, including the AR-15, were banned by federal law from 1994 until 2004. The ban expired and it’s been target practice since. Before Orlando, five million Americans owned AR-15s. Since Orlando, sales of AR-15 have skyrocketed. Everyone knows Obama and Hillary are coming to your house to get your guns. And God help them if they do. The only position acceptable to the NRA, the most powerful bunch of lunatics in the world, is completely uncontrolled access to any weapon designed to kill people. Background checks? Assault weapon ban? Have you not read the full-sized version of the Constitution, paying close attention to the amendments? Things the Founding Fathers let slip their minds to begin with. Let’s suspend reality for a minute and assume the brave men and women in Congress reinstituted the assault weapon ban. Let’s further assume background checks and a waiting period became the law in Larryland. Even then, nobody is planning to come get the guns that Junior and Goober have in the closet of the doublewide. There are more than 357 million firearms in the United States – not including those owned and used by law enforcement and the military. There are 317 million Americans. My Current Wife and I are doing our part. We have more than two guns in our house (in case Hillary gets any ideas). I guess most of the people in prisons don’t have a gun, so somebody’s got to make up for them. But I’m willing to bet everybody who owns guns owns more than one. And Hillary and Mr. Obama aren’t getting our guns, so they need to stop thinking about that and plotting ways to get them. We’re not going to stand for it. There are too many innocent people who haven’t been killed yet for us to even be thinking about disarming our well-armed militia. As might be expected, the day after Orlando, people were firing off Facebook posts about as fast as bullets were flying in that bar. It is stunning how the minds of some people work now that they have a vehicle to easily express themselves. And then I read this. “I could care less that a gay club got all shot up.” Read that again slowly. I. Could. Care. Less. That. A. Gay. Club. Got. All. Shot. Up. I felt ill. I remembered the words of Abraham Lincoln. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” (Larry Franklin is publisher of The Chronicle. His email address is lfranklin@clintonchronicle.com. His blog can be read at www.MyClintonNews.com.)

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