Monday, June 8, 2009

When Crossbows Are Outlawed...

Just found this on the "Interwebs" and I was wondering why we aren't hearing a huge anti-crossbow backlash? I mean, attempted murder is attempted murder whether it is done with a crossbow, a handgun or a piece of watermelon rind, correct? Why the vitriolic response whenever a gun is involved? Is it the mystery surrounding guns? Because there should not be any mystery. A gun is a simple machine that harnesses a chemical reaction to fire a projectile. Less than 50 years ago, guns were an accepted part of American culture. In fact, it would not be uncommon to see a skeet shooting club in a High School Yearbook back in the Fifties. What happened? I don't think there is a simple answer to this question.

Perhaps a shift from a rural to an urban existence has caused gun ownership and use to become a rare thing. Perhaps vilification in the Main Stream Media has given guns their stigma. Perhaps a Liberal Agenda in our government, bent on disarming the more Conservative portions of our society has legislated gun appreciation into oblivion (I admit I might be reaching with that last one, but there is some fire behind that smoke).

Whatever the cause, I lament the result. Lack of interaction between parent and child regarding firearms has led to a dangerous gap in many young peoples understanding of the impact of firearms and the care and responsibility they require. I also believe that by disarming the general populace, we have allowed our country to become weaker. We have sold off our Constitutional Right to defend ourselves and what we hold dear. A challenge to the Second Amendment made during the 1950's or early 60's would have been laughed out of court. From the very beginning, it was understood that the Second Amendment applied to individuals and that it was there to protect us from the very real tyranny that our Founding Fathers faced.

Consider that when making your decision about your stance on gun ownership in America.

From Fox News- Crossbow-Wielding Stalker Attacks Actress
Monday, June 08, 2009
MADRID — A stalker obsessed with a young Spanish actress shot at her with a crossbow before being wrestled to the ground and arrested outside a Madrid theater, police said Monday.
The official says the arrow from the crossbow aimed at Sara Casasnovas hit a male bystander, who was not seriously hurt in the attack Sunday evening.
The suspected attacker is a 39-year-old German, who became obsessed with Casasnovas after seeing her a year and a half ago on Spanish National Television's international channel.
The official told The Associated Press the man had been sending the 25-year-old actress love letters and attacked her outside a theater where she had just finished a performance of "Night of the Iguana," after she told him she wanted nothing to do with him.
The man was carrying a military-style backpack that contained a second crossbow, arrows with harpoon-style tips, a can of gasoline, handcuffs, rope, a canister of mace and a poster from a play in which Casasnovas had performed a few months ago, the official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with department rules.

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