Sunday, April 5, 2009

Woke Up This Mooooorning (got yourself a gun)

“AK-47, the very best there is. When you absolutely, positively, have to kill every single motherfucker in the room; accept no substitute.” – Ordelle Robbie (from the movie Jackie Brown)

The 1st amendment, affords us the right to free speech; however, it doesn’t give us the right to yell fire in a crowded movie theater without repercussion when there is no fire, right?

Similarly, the 2nd amendment gives us the right to bare arms; however, I sincerely doubt whether that amendment grants us the right to purchase a nuclear warhead for our private protection or whatever, without scrutiny, right?

I mean seriously, if it did, I’m pretty sure it would be commonplace to own and be in the possession of surface to air missiles the likes of any military installment, right? I mean hell, everybody would have a tank in their driveway, right? That said, what is the point of owning a semi-automatic assault rifle as a private citizen?

Who or what does one have to become afraid of, to make the decision go out and purchase one of those? Maybe I’m wrong, and maybe I’m a little bit biased since I do not own any firearms, but can you tell me what should be my motivation for the purchase of one?

Well RiPPa there are bad guys out there with those type of guns so you better be prepared to deal with them by getting one of your own!

Listen, the only bad guys I encounter are the cats I see in movies. Sure, that sounds naïve, but just how am I supposed to protect myself from a car-jacking when my AK-47 is in the trunk of my car? Forget that question. Tell me where in the United States of America I’m able to walk down the street with an assault rifle in plain view of the public just so I can protect myself?

Oh, and let’s take into account that I'm a Black man when you think of an answer. Screw that, where are there White men who are able to get away with that one without even being questioned? Please tell me what town they live in.

Well RiPPa, some people are hunters you know!

Wait, are you serious? Well I’m no hunter, but if I have to buy an assault rifle to hunt deer and caribou here in North America, I think I should be more concerned that the Woolly Mammoth is back instead. Plain and simple, if you’re an enthusiast when it comes to hunting wild game in this country as you’re allowed, I can’t see where an assault weapon is the way to go.

What, are the wild animals Bloods & Crips now? No wait, they’re all members of that gang of Mexican drug cartel deer that snuck across the border, right? Damn Mexican deer; I wish they would just build a damn fence high enough that they can’t jump over.

President Obama is considering making changes and bringing back a ban on assault weapons, and I think it’s a great idea. I say that because somehow, someway, these firearms manage to wind up illegally into the hands of criminals on the streets.

I say if people were concerned about their right to bare these type of weapons, they should have encouraged politicians to pass legislation that makes it a lot harder to obtain these guns illegally in our streets. But now that Obama wants to do something about it, they’re all pissed.

Look, we need to get these guns off the streets; period. It seems to me that the only way to successfully do this is to cut it off at the source which is through sales across the country. Of course as with everything regulated there will be a black market. However, at least by banning these weapons, it should make it harder to obtain them especially at higher than the $400 going rate in California right now.

Yes, they are that cheap because they are easy to obtain and are in easy supply per the article I read. But hey, according to the nutjobs on the right-side of the political spectrum, Obama wants to ban all guns and now everybody is paranoid. From what I hear, it is this fear that drove a 22yr old young man to barricade himself in his home where he killed three police officers. Hmm, now I wonder where he got that idea?

This should make for a very well politicized debate in the months to come, and rightfully so. If Mexican drug cartel leaders can buy guns from stores in America as they have to sneak back across and wreak havoc. Who's to say that the same thing is not happening right now on our streets. Like me, you don't have to be a gun owner to have an opinion. I say that because whether you believe it or not, this stuff affects us all.

In closing I'd like to say that there is no direct correlation between gun control, and crime. Should this ban go through, crime is not going to decline. If anything, it should lead to a decline of these weapons being easily obtainable as they are right now for any criminal element. Even still, I don't understand the reason for owning one, and my concern are these guns in the wrong hands. I say that because owning a gun or not owning a gun doesn't make you any safer.

But I'm an upstanding citizen and not a criminal RiPPa!

Oh well, freedom ain't free is what I was always told.

QUESTION:Would you be opposed or in favor of a ban on semi-automatic rifles?


Dirty Red said...

I agree with the ban.
A ban is not going to stop people from getting automatic weapons. Americans love their guns. This country became what it is by somebody(a non white somebody) looking down the barrel of a white mans gun. The gun is like a dick. The longer and fatter the gun is, the more a man feels like a man. So we can sit here and talk all day about banning guns, but in the end it ain't gonna matter. Education is the key to keep idiots hands off the triggers. Banning Hollywood from making guns seem so sexy might help a little bit too.
Installing programs in the inner city that give kids an alternative to guns might do a little something also. The problem with all this gun talk is the hypocrisy of the people that we elect to make these type of decisions.
Why in the hell does anyone need an automatic weapon? The military taught me to kill PEOPLE with the M16A2 or the M4 automatic or the 50 caliber machine gun or the M60 machine gun, not wildlife. So why are these guns on the streets of DC, Baltimore, Chicago, LA and Brooklyn?
Last time I checked there were no Deer or bear walking down Montello in NE DC.
Well I guess you can say there are a few wild animals, LOL, but no deer, bear,pheasent, racoon, lions ot tigers.

CareyCarey said...

"A gun is like a ...." < I wonder if he stole that from someone *lol*

Anyway, Big Rippa's so nice to be talking about AK-47 on Sunday moanin' ...Ordelle Robbie was the man! Ask Robert De niro and Cris Tucker.

I've seen a few people killed AND they had a gun never stops nothing.

MacDaddy said...

Rippa: good post. But why are we making AK47 in this country, when they are the principle weapon being used next door in Mexico in the cartel's war to gain territory to sell marijuana to people in the U.S. I know the NRA is powerful, but how can we justify this any longer? How can we ever vote for anybody that takes money from the NRA?

blackberry said...

Dirty Red is right. Mac Daddy is right. CareyCarey is right.
All three of you have made intelligent points that I completely agree with. There's nothing to add.
Except a little old question about the etiquette involved in our President bowing to a king.
I thought as Americans we bow/curtesy to no one?


@blackberry - who did the Pres. bow to? (missed that one)

I think the ban would casue an increase the sales right before the ban goes into effect, and then the Black Market would be crazy...Although I am oppossed to guns, I don't think the President should implement a ban, I think they should make it harder (Much harder) to obtain it.
i.e. mental evaluations, waiting period of 90 days, increase prices, increased fines for selling or obtaining illegally, identity chip in the person & gun, so it can be tracked...that will stop someone from even thinking about it...


Diregard my last one, re Pres. bowing...seen it...WTF, I'm gonna read it now Rippa

Anonymous said...

I'll hang with DC Diva on this... but I had a cousin who was saved from her nasty ass husband because she had a gun, so I can't say it does no good to have one...

"Never" and "always" seem to always get us in trouble...


Iam Robert said...


As a gun enthusiast and avid hunter, I agree with your point about the ownership of an assault weapon--they are not meant for hunting. Furthermore, there are very few places one can safely fire these guns outside (firing them indoors at a target is not as much fun as shooting cans, water jugs, etc.) They are also not suitable for home defense sense the design of the cartridge enables the round to penetrate cinderblock.

I'm not sure if the ban would totally work because most criminals get their guns illegally. DC Diva also makes a good point. There are countless stories in the news now about white males buying guns supposedly because they fear a ban.

But, we must do something to curb the senseless violence going on today.

Great post!


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