Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
God Bless California, which has been brave enough to legislate strict gun-control regulations which have literally saved our state from the pitfalls of gun-violence which peaked in the early 1990s. When I was a kid, you could find gun shops all over town, and you could buy pistols at discount department stores...
Needless to say we had a lot of gun-violence. The secret about guns in America is that ALL the illegal guns used by criminals are stolen from legitimate dealers, retailers, collectors, and whole-sale distributors. In 2009 the Department of Justice revealed that over 30,000 firearms alone were reported missing by American gun sellers, AND THOSE ARE JUST WHAT IS REPORTED!! I can only imagine how many simply slipped through the cracks.
Gun ownership and access is a double-edged sword, which we must taken with the Grace of God. It is a responsibility
which we must take to heart in prayer, just as all other aspects of the freedom of free-will, no human event or circumstance is without consequences. If we manufacture and distribute guns, inevitably those people who we don't want to have firearms will gain access. California's model has proven that if you limit
fire-arm access in general, you reduce the number of illegal guns on the street and you save lives. It is a fallacy to say that American citizens need guns to protect themselves from armed criminals, because it is a circular argument, as the illegal guns are stolen or bought from the very same legitimate owners and dealers. It is a catch-22
I respect people's right to own firearms, but folks must be reasonable and not over-enthusiastic, we should remember guns are tools, but they are tools precisely designed to harm, and should be then taken with grave responsibility and all-seriousness. After all, what really is the legitimate use of a pistol in the first place? Rifles I understand, but pistols?
My testimony as a Californian is that gun-control works, folks can debate this with me all they'd like, but the reality of the crime on our streets being reduced speaks volumes for itself.
Sorry for the politics but this issue is very personal to me, several of my friends and family have either bullet holes or even the bullets still remaining in their bodies, and several others are dead and buried in the cemetery God Rest Their Souls..