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Being raised in the Midwest, owning guns was a way of life. My father took me hunting at an early age and so I did the same with my children. The fact of owning a gun was never a thought to me, it was a given that everybody owned guns.

Along came the people who think you should never own a gun, guns kill people, so the debate begins. Should you be able to own a gun or not in America? The answer is in the eye of the beholder. What is the reason for owning a gun and do you know how to properly handle the gun?

I do believe that if you are going to own a gun you should know how and when to use it safely. It should not be something you fear but you should respect it and what it can do.

We have examples of nations that have banned gun entirely, the result is the criminal knows that there is no strong opposition while committing a crime. I don’t know if I could use a gun on another human or not but the good part is the criminal doesn’t know either. So, just the thought that I may have a weapon could deter a criminal from trying to cause me harm.

I will agree that we need to try to keep the guns out of the hands of the criminals. I don’t believe I should be denied the right to own one if I am a law abiding citizen. If we give up the right to own weapons the only people with them will be the government and criminals. I do believe we can trust the military but I don’t trust the criminals and history has proven in the past that as time goes by you would not be able to trust the military either.

As countries try to disarm their people they soon find out that the crime rate goes up at an alarming rate and there is nothing they can do about it. Because of this the criminal becomes very bold. There is no threat when you have a gun and you know that the rest of the people don’t.

Let me know what you thank, after all it is America where you can say what is on your mind anytime you want.


Do you think we as Americans should be able to own guns?



Do you think we as Americans should be able to carry guns on us?



Do you think we as Americans should give up our guns?



Do you think that giving up our guns will keep them out of the hands of the criminals?





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I always enjoy watching sporting events on TV, and I am excited for the winner, even if they are not the most popular one in the event or the one I like to follow.  Having watched media, TV, and newspaper coverage for many years, I have a mixed opinion on their reporting processes.

The media seems to focus on one person in an arena, even though there are multiple participants.  The constant coverage causes the individual to become a highly sought commodity by corporations for advertising purposes, which in turn makes them an asset for the media companies, so that all you hear about is that one particular person.  Is this person the best athlete?  Usually.  Is this person the best representative for his or her sport?  Maybe yes, and maybe no.

In much of the reporting today, the excitement and glory of winning is lost if the winner is not the media’s “chosen” star.  Their summary at the end of the event once again focuses on the successes and failures of that person.  For this reason, I chose not to listen to the summaries.

In the meantime, the other athletes are left out of the equation.  All of the athletes are talented individuals, or they would not be there.  This is unfair to the other athletes and to the general viewing population.  Many of us have favorites that we never get to hear about.

But I am caught in a dilemma.

Should the media step up to the plate and practice unbiased reporting?

Even though they need the revenues from advertisers to operate with a profit.

Or should the viewing public step up to the plate and switch the channel?

Which sometimes they cannot do as there is only one channel.

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