165 guns?!

I have been absent from the blogging world for a little while. Last Tuesday I received a phone call asking if I was interested in coming in for an editing test for a temp-to-perm job (I had missed the email about this from the day before). The next day (Wednesday), I took the test, had a brief interview, and then found out that evening I did well enough to warrant a second interview the following week. The morning after (Thursday), I received another email asking if I could instead come in on Tuesday to start a project. Just a day later (Friday), I was asked if I could come in on Monday instead. So I did, and I spent several days this week working on the project, mostly in the office and some at home. I don't know what will come of this; it is fast-paced, and I have been away from the business world and a daily commute for three (!) years. And there is a lot to absorb. But whatever shall be, shall be.

But back to my post title.

On the news last night was a report of a man who upon being visited by his probation officer admitted to having 165 guns in his house, about half of which had a fully loaded round in the chamber.

Let that sink in for a moment.

165 guns, about 80 of which were loaded

As with many other issues, I have mixed feelings on guns. I don't hunt, but I eat meat (deer, duck, you name it), so I am okay with hunters owning and using their arms. I can understand people wanting to protect themselves, though I would never do it that way. (As I have mentioned before, when I was a kid, my dad owned pharmacy and would sometimes fill a prescription at night, always taking his gun with him but fortunately never using it.)

But I cannot imagine even the most zealous NRA or gun-rights supporter would think it is remotely acceptable to own that many guns. Or even 16 guns. Really, I can't even justify six, even if you hunt various game. But what do I know?

I am fairly certain that stricter gun laws will not help to keep guns out of criminals' hands, but I am starting to lean more in that direction. To the best of my knowledge there is no limit as to the number of guns one can own, but I sure as heck think there should be. Even if this guy had not been on probation, I can come up with no rational reason as to why he or anyone else needs to own dozens and dozens of guns.

Anyone? Anyone?


bluzdude said…
I'm really a "gun" guy either. It seems like there's a portion of the population that practically have a gun fetish. No one needs that many guns, unless they're defending the Alamo, circa the 1800s.

I just hope for that guy's sake that he doesn't have any kids in the house. That's a recipe for tragedy.
chris h. said…
It's scary that someone on PROBATION has that many guns (or any guns), but I have a hard time saying you can limit how many guns are permissible. Cars are dangerous, knives are dangerous, baseball bats are dangerous -- limit those too? The problem is not being able to distinguish between a responsible owner (of anything potentially lethal) and a disaster waiting to happen. I don't know how you fix that.
Facie said…
Bluz: Good point about the kids. I have no idea.

Chris: Good point. Someone who has 165 may never do the harm that another with only gun does. Still don't get it, though.

Popular posts from this blog


My first and hopefully my last biposy (or I would rather be at the beach)

A rambling gun rant