"So what do you want to do today?" I asked my AK.
My AK, a Romanain WASR 10 AK-47 stubbornly said nothin. It just sat leaning against the wall.
"WTF, AK!?" so i asked again. "What do you want to do today????"
I know what the problem is. It's dirty. The last time the Easy Bake Gun Club went to the range, we collectively put around 400 rounds through it. By the time we were done the AK was pretty tarred up. When I got home, I gave it a quick once over, but I didn't polish it to a twilight's last gleaming or anything. So while all the rest of my guns are so spic and span clean you could eat an egg salad sandwich off them germ free, the AK is still shedding carbon like its got eczema. That's why it isnt saying a word. It is pissed at me that I didn't respect it enough to clean it as well as the others.
"Come on Mr. AK" I persisted. "Don't be foul (lol). I promise I'll clean you better next time I shoot you. But I have about 500 rounds of 7.62x39 burning a hole in my ammo box. So what do you want to do??!?"
Then it occurs to me. Its an AK-47 and they almost always don't talk. In fact, to my knowledge, they never do. In more fact. It doesn't do anything on its own other than be an AK-47 - a task that it performs exceptionally well while managing to make it look easy. But yeah. It's a gun. It has no interest at all in deciding what it is going to do
today. I guess, if it is going to do anything other than just be, it is probably going to need me.
I expect it will expect me to make all the decisions. It will probably not load it's magazines, or chamber it's own rounds. I bet it will even expect me to pull the trigger.
What a lazy hunk of tin. Apparently my ak-47 feels that I should be responsible for anything that happens with it. My AK wants zero accountability on account of it being an inanimate object and thusly unaccountable. This really sucks. I mean...what if I decide to do something stupid with it? Who will be to blame if the gun is incapable of taking responsibility.
Ohhhh yeah. I don't have to worry. As it turns out, there are laws in place that will protect the public from anyone who does something irresponsible or aggressive with an AK. They are magic laws in fact. These laws have the special ability of turning everyone bullet-proof.
Crap. that's not right. that's not what laws do. Laws can't make people bulletproof. So what are laws good for. Oh yeah. They deter people from committing crimes by creating undesirable consequences. I mean. If my AK er I mean if I was to do something stupid or aggressive with my AK, I might actually face these consequences. The result could be going to jail, or the death penalty.
Those consequences sound really severe. I think I will take extra steps to make sure I don't hurt anyone, even accidentally, with my AK.
Now that I think about it. It might make sense for me to just not have an AK. It might not be the worst idea if the government was to make laws that keep me from having an AK.
I mean if they made a law that said I couldn't have an AK then I couldn't accidentally break the laws they already have. Laws that help you to not break other laws sounds way more useful than enforcing the laws that already exist. It makes sense. What if people with assault rifles forget about the severe consequences of hurting someone with said rifles? Jails and death penalties are extremely easy to forget - so easy to forget in fact that I am always grateful to myself for being a sane person who has no desire to hurt another human being.
Seriously. The Aurora Theater tragedy was just that...a tragedy. I can't imagine how the friends and families of the victims must feel about their loss and I am selfishly happy that I don't have to. Still, a gun didn't perform that horrific act. A very sick and evil person did. I don't say evil because I believe that some evil force drove that douchebag to do what he did. I say evil because once he decided to do what he did, he became evil. This evil was only reinforced by his follow through with that evil act. He is not the norm.
Most gun owners don't want to hurt anyone. The small minority that might want to hurt someone are successfully deterred by the penalties that are guaranteed to follow should they decide to. The anomaly is the guy who wants to hurt people and is not concerned with or capable of understanding the full severity of the consequences of
the crime. This guy is going to be involved in a tragedy where people get hurt no matter what. No law will stop him.
If consequence or law could have stopped this guy then this tragedy would have never happened.