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Megan Hodge May 8th, 2013

There are problems with any kind of gun control bill:

1) Mentally unstable people shouldn’t own firearms. That’s great, but who deems someone “mentally unstable”? Are you mentally unstable if you regularly meet with a psychiatrist, a counselor, your minister or pastor, or a mentor? Maybe you are mentally unstable if you are a member of Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous or any other kind of support group? Maybe you are mentally unstable if you’ve ever called a suicide hotline or gone to some other similar outlet in a low point in your life?

2) Criminals shouldn’t be able to own firearms. Again, that’s great, but who deems someone a criminal? Are you a criminal if you get arrested for unpaid parking tickets? Are you a criminal if you’re on the receiving end of a fight and police are called? You could be considered a criminal if you receive a speeding ticket, right? I mean, you broke a law! More importantly, they are criminals for a reason — they don’t obey laws! Criminals are not supposed to be able to own guns currently, but they do! If they want a firearm, they will find a way to get one. Period.

3) Owning a gun has nothing to do with hunting! We were granted the right to own firearms, as a last resort, to protect ourselves against tyranny in government. Hello? Look around. If you don’t get what is going on in our government, maybe you never will and I am wasting my breath. When we are unarmed, we become complacent and unable to protect ourselves from anything or anyone, forever. Hitler took guns away from citizens for “the greater good” as well, and I don’t think I need to go into what happened in that case.

If they take away our guns, crime is only going to go up because the criminals will always find a way to get them, and we will be left defenseless against them, even in our own homes.

—Megan Hodge, Oklahoma City

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