Chardon, Ohio & the Second Amendment

by Scott Raab on February 28, 2012

Chardon High School isn’t far from where I went to high school, and I’m also the father of a 12-year-old boy, so what’s happening in Chardon now is of intense interest to me. I’m heading there to to try to find out what happened and how it happened and — to the extent one human is allowed to speculate — why it happened.

Whenever shit like this goes down — what CNN has now offically labeled a ‘rampage’ — gun control becomes a focal point of controversy. I believe in the 2nd Amendment, strongly. I’ve owned a firearm for many years. But I’m hardly an absolutist when it comes to the right to bear arms, and I truly don’t understand why any sane citizen would want handguns and long guns to be treated alike. I was visiting a pal in Indiana a couple of weeks back, and we went to a gun-shop range for a half-hour, and I was reminded again of the obvious truth: The handgun is an excellent tool for killing a human being. Nothing more, nothing less.

I don’t know where TJ Lane, the shooter in Chardon, got his .22 semi-automatic pistol. But I do know how easy it is to buy a handgun. I also know how easy it is to fire one. And I know that Ohio’s Governor signed a law last year making it legal to carry concealed firearms into bars, malls, and arenas. Call me an elitist asshole, but anybody in Ohio who feels safer as a result is too fucking stupid to ever be trusted with any kind of gun.

  • http://twitter.com/RealMarkHorton Mark Horton II

    This is @RealMarkHorton and yes I do feel safer with people being able to carry handguns into these areas. Criminals will carry firearms anywhere and the poeple that do carry these weapons are the one that have went through some type of class and have proven not to be a criminal. I do agree that there needs to be stricker penalties for parents or people that do not properly take care of these firearms the right way. But F.B.I. stats have proven that states that have carry concealed weapons permits have had lower crime rate in years following. I feel more confortable attending business that allow carry conceal because crinimals are cowards and will not look at these places and pick out place that do not allow guns becasue it is a easier target for them. Criminal need to understand that people that they might rob might kill them as a last resort. Sorry it took to long for my response still love you rep cleveland.

  • Chuck Hardy

    I’ve been in a lot of dangerous places, both in the US of A and abroad. I’ve been in a few fights – won some, lost some. Been shot at and missed. Been robbed at gun point. But I’ve never, ever been in a situation where having a hand gun would have made things better. Never.

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