Here comes my hat.
Being the stubborn 22 year old American that I am, I firmly believe that where you come from has a drastic impact on your opinion over guns.
I hail from a wonderful place called North Dakota. For anyone who doesn't know, North Dakota consists of farmers and snow.....THAT'S IT.
Now, I was raised with a gun in my hand. I was practically issued one at birth. I now own several, most of which are family heirlooms and I never shoot. I own one pistol which I target shoot with and carry on my person when I have to work late at night in the bad parts of Dallas.
What was the one thing I was always taught about guns?
"Don't you dare fuck up. Because you will pay."
So, what do total headcases from Southcentral L.A. think about guns?
"I'm gonna bust a cap and steal shit, because that's what everyone before me has done."
I come from a place where there are 2 gun related deaths every ten years. One person who was killed, on March 20, 1996, in Watford City, North Dakota, was my uncle, Keith Braddock. A police officer of 17 years. He was killed by an insane rancher who didn't like the beer he was served. Has any member of my family screamed for gun control because of this devastating event in our lives?
Nope. Because it's part of who we are. We've had this right for well over 200 years and we aren't about to just roll over and give it up. Yes, the Constitution can be changed. Yes, you can think to yourself that I'm just going to give in. But if you want my guns, you'll have to come convince me to give them to you. And that's going to be tough, because I'm stubborn. As patriotic as I am and as much as I love my country, America is like a playground somedays. The big kids just change the rules as they please.
And, even if America does manage to ban firearms, some day down the road, they'll be brought back. We aren't just going to forget they exist.
On a closing note, show me someone whose life was ruined by a gun, and I'll show you someone whose life was saved by a gun. I know that's a poor argument, but that doesn't make it any less plausible.
Let the flaming begin.