But, after the recent shooting of a US Congresswoman in Arizona I started considering the issue of gun control. Born in the hills of eastern Kentucky, I was raised in a pro-gun community. As a child, every man I knew owned at least one gun. Many of the women did as well. However, the majority of these guns were used for hunting or sport. I have no problem with this type of gun ownership. The hunters I know actually eat, or share, the meat of the animal they have killed. Sport shooting, such as skeet or target, is also a legitimate past time. However, semi-automic guns and the type of gun that the shooter used in his Arizona rampage were built for only one reason, killing fellow humans. These guns were invented by armed forces throughout the world for the sole purpose of war. I do believe that restrictions of some sort should be on ownership of these weapons.
In my experience, though, there is one particular group of people I think should be restricted on gun usage and ownership. That group is the eldery. As I stated above, most of the adults I knew as a child owned guns and packed heat. This included both my grandfather, Poppy, and my grandmother, Granny.
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Poppy's bride, Granny, was no better. Granny was a typical mountain woman who always wore a house dress, sensible shoes, and never moved a fast pace. She always kept a loaded pistol in her purse. Always. Anytime she was riding in a car with anyone in the family (she didn't drive), and the car was stopped by the police, be it for speeding or a standard road-block that was common in the 1980's, the family member who was driving would sweat bullits because Granny was sitting as the co-pilot with loaded heat in her purse.
So you can see, dear reader, why my concern for gun control really centers around the older population. In fact, my Dad has a gun safe that I am considering changing the lock on and keeping the key. He is a direct desendent of Poppy and Granny. What chance at all does he have?