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Friday, November 14, 2008

So here I am wondering whether anyone else has a gun?

Because we just bought a shotgun. That's right. We are a gun-totin' fambly now. Well, not quite. We've got to wait until the waiting period passes and then we get to go pick it up. But it's been such a long time since we've had any kind of gun in the home. And, of course, this is California, which means we must store the shotgun in one room - with the gun-lock in place - and the ammo in another room. Okay, even though we don't have any children running around and children don't, by and large, come into the house, that kinda makes sense.

What doesn't make sense is that when we come and pick up the gun, (and we could do this before or after that day) if we choose to buy ammo that day, we must make the ammo purchase separate from picking up the gun. We are not allowed, under the law, to stop by the cash register on our way out with the gun, buy the ammo and put it in the bag/cart with the gun. So just to make this clear, we can go to the store, pick up the gun, carry it out to the car, turn around, go back inside, buy the ammo and take it out to the car, but we can't just carry both items out at the same time.

Does ANYONE understand why that's the case? Because it makes NO sense to me. I mean, I could understand if they said we couldn't LOAD the shotgun before leaving the store, (and unless you're hunting or you really, Really, REALLY need to defend yourself, you don't need it loaded) but if this is somehow supposed to 'prevent' someone from using a weapon to immediately commit a crime, well... the parking lot isn't that large and the doors of the store are freaking GLASS. I mean, if a hardened criminal wants to use a gun to rob a store, the extra couple of minutes to go back to the car to get the ammo ain't gonna make that much difference.

But maybe I'm missing something? Of course, not having majored in criminal behavior, I presume this is the case.

Anyway, do your part to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America. Go, register and buy a gun!


Anonymous Bones said...

Thank god for Texas. Instant check, no waiting even with handguns. Here's a shocker, gun crimes did not go up when Texas went to instant checks.

10:01 PM  
Blogger Derek A Benner said...

I believe it. Of course, the whole point to enacting ANY form of 'gun control' (other than teaching how to properly control the weapon for maximum effectiveness) is merely victim disarmament in disguise. :)

10:48 PM  

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