Sunday, July 8, 2018

Some Musings About Guns, Unlocked Cars, And Responsibility

A quick search of the blog will find posts opposing South Dakota's school sentinel plan, musings about guns being a fetish, and implications, if not direct statements, that the nation has too many guns.

I haven't changed any of those opinions during the past few years when this blog was relatively dormant. The best case scenario for a school sentinel involves gunshot wounds with nary a tourniquet in sight. I continue to be befuddled by straight white males whose fetishes involve guns rather than a red-headed dominatrix. The United States has at least 265 million guns, more than enough for every adult to own one.

I try to understand other viewpoints. Many of the everyday carry gear folk that I follow on YouTube do gun videos. A few months ago, after one the mass shootings, YouTube began limiting some gun content. One of the people I follow, The Last Boy Scout, published this short video in response:

At about 31 seconds in, Lane says, "I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because governing myself is my first responsibility." At 53 seconds in he says, "I don't carry a gun to feel like a man. I carry a gun because I am a man and because men take care of themselves and the people they love." Finally, at 1:10, he concludes, "I don't carry a gun because I love guns; I carry a gun because I love life, and I love the people who make my life worth living."

In short, the video asserts that people carry guns because it's the responsible thing to do.

I thought about this video a few weeks ago when Dakota War College took issue with a proposed Sioux Falls City ordinance designed to "penalize gun owners who don't keep their firearms locked up." I was reminded of it again when reading this South DaCola post

South DaCola links to this Keloland report that quotes Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead:
"You know, because you would be taking legit, lawful gun owners and making them criminals because we're trying to prevent other criminals from stealing their guns. I hate to make lawful gun owners into criminals," said Milstead.  
Milstead says he would much prefer gun owners just do what they're supposed to; which is lock up the dangerous weapon they don't want being used to hurt others. 
"You'd feel horrible if your gun was stolen out of your car, where you'd left it unlocked. And ultimately it ends up being used by somebody to kill somebody, to rob somebody, to commit a violent crime," said Milstead.
Logic would dictate that loving "the people who make make . . . life worth living," "taking care of themselves and the people they love," and accepting that "governing myself is my first responsibility" implies locking up guns safely when the weapons are not in use. And yet, if gun owners fail to fulfill their responsibility, the only recourse their fellow citizens have is to hope the irresponsible party feels "horrible" if the gun is "stolen from an unlocked car" and "ultimately it ends up being used by somebody to kill somebody, to rob somebody, to commit a violent crime."

"Feeling horrible" is an emotion that ought to accompany accidentally spilling a glass of red wine on a woman's white dress. In that situation, the emotion should be accompanied by the responsible action of paying to clean or replace the dress. Making it easier to "kill somebody, to rob somebody, [and] to commit a violent crime" should have a  consequence beyond one that comes with ruining a dress, but apparently in South Dakota, gun ownership is only about rights not responsibility.

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