I read Nick Kristof’s column in the New York Times on Sunday. It was entitled, “Do we have the courage to stop this?” Kristof writes about common sense gun regulations in Canada and Australia that we might consider implementing. The first time the column below ran, I received some of the nastiest and scariest e-mails I have EVER received from readers. So, I screwed up my courage and asked that it be run again. …
Here it is …
I don’t like guns.
My father had an old shotgun he kept in the closet, unloaded of course. He was a country boy who never took to hunting, so I had no experience with firearms and the sport surrounding their use. Two husbands, no hunters. When I married Ken, he had a small handgun. He keeps it somewhere other than our house. I don’t know where, and I don’t really want to know. Guns just make me nervous.
I know the usual defense of guns, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” Yeah. Yeah. But it’s harder to kill someone with a baseball bat than with a gun. A baseball bat doesn’t go off accidentally, and it’s hard to get in multiple rounds on a baseball bat in a few short seconds.
Now, I’m no pacifist. If someone tried to break into my house and do harm to my family, I’d have no problem defending my turf. And I’m not interested in stepping on the happy hunting grounds of all my hunter friends. But I have serious concerns about the gun culture in this country.
When students at MSU and JSU die from gunshot wounds and when of one of my students recounts his experience of being caught in a gun battle, it’s time to do something. In my day, when young, hot-headed men got into a fight, the worst that happened was that someone got a bloody nose. Now, someone loses his life.
Before you fire off an e-mail to me about the second amendment, know that I’ve read the Constitution. The Founding Fathers had ball and musket firearms, not semi-automatic weapons with laser sightings. Do you know how long it took to load one of those old weapons?
Go ahead. Send in your letters, your e-mails. Use everything in your arsenal to defend your “right to bear arms.” Call me a commie or a leftist or just a bleeding heart liberal. How dare I question the culture of this gun toting state? Fire away.
I’ll take a bullet for this one because I’m tired of burying young people before their time.
>> Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, is President of New Perspectives, Inc., in Ridgeland, 601-991-3158. She is also an Assistant Professor of Finance at Mississippi College. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and her website is www.newper.com.