Details for Guns... Under 30

Guns … Under 30. PAID ADVERTISEMENT by Shay Joshua Garnett Back in the Seventies, they had a saying: “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Has anyone seemed to notice that most of these shootings take place by males in their 20’s? In other words, “Don’t trust anyone UNDER 30...with a semi-automatic rifle.” If our society could quickly agree on that concept, then we could make some immediate changes. I think that each STATE should write its own gun laws dealing with Under 30/SARs. After 4 months, the Federal Government could impose Under 30/SARs rules upon states that had not written their own. But each state should regulate the Custodian/SARs solution as it sees fit. What I propose is that it is illegal to sell semi-automatic rifles (SARs) to anyone under 30. And, that people under 30 should not be allowed to “store” these guns. However, what makes my idea different from anybody else’s idea is the way that my idea would be conducted. For people under 30 who currently own these guns, they would NOT surrender them to the Federal Government. But rather would surrender them to an adult over 30 (preferably over 40 or 50) who would “watch over” these guns for that person until the day when they turned 30, and then would give them back to that person. Let’s say that young person “Kevin” owned such a gun. He would surrender it to trusted family friend, “Bob W.,” who would be the custodian for Kevin, until Kevin reached age 30. For people under 30, if Kevin was in a good mental state, then Bob would give the gun back to Kevin. Furthermore, if Kevin was in a positive mental state as judged by Bob,... then Kevin could come an “borrow” the gun for short periods of time (like 6 hours, or whatever), as frequently as he wanted to. One of the “fears” that people on the Right have is that the “Federal Government” is going to come in a “take away their guns.” We need to move into that territory. However, when we move into that territory, we need to do it in such a way that when people look at it, they say, “You know what, the thing that I feared was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.” Each state would have its own “Overseer” that would communicate with these Custodians making sure that questions were answered, and concerns were addressed. Each state would fine tune the process. People under 30 would still have access to Semi-Automatic Rifles, but there would be a level of personal scrutiny that would go a long... long... long way in controlling who was carrying these weapons, and for what purposes. And whenever the adult felt “uneasy” about letting that gun go outside of the house, then the answer would just be “no.” It would be “no” until the adult felt relaxed and comfortable about letting the young person take it and shoot it. The young person could put a cable lock through the magazine holder, so that nobody else could shoot his gun. And the young person could keep the magazine and bullets at his own house, if he so chose to. But he would not have INSTANT access to the machinery capable of using those bullets. The adult brain is still going through major upheavals and changes up until the age of 25. And character is still developing in big ways up until age 30. After that, it is still developing, but the person has reached a level of stability and social responsibility that is different after 30 than it was before the age of 30. I know that there are many extremely decent people under the age of 30. However, we live in a country where the decent people are going to need to have an extra level of oversight placed on them, in order to prevent the NON-decent people from having TOO easy of access to these weapons. I am hoping that the decent people, and their custodians, will agree to this arrangement... so that the NON-decent people can have the restrictions on them that they should have had in the first place. For those of you who think that the Government is “chipping away at your rights,” allow me to introduce you to a concept that occurred to me many years ago. In college football, there used to be a rule that a person attempting to catch a punt would have a 2-yard “halo” of safe space around him that the opposing side could not violate at the moment he caught the ball. I have taken that concept and adopted it to the Bill of Rights. Let us imagine a world in which your house was alive, and it heated and cooled the home as it wanted to, but that YOU, as the homeowner, had to turn the temperature dial up and down to MATCH the temperature in the house, in order to keep the system working properly. This is the opposite of how things currently are, but just imagine. This is how the Supreme Court works. When the people are more righteous, then the S.C. adjusts our “halo” (of freedom) so that it is larger, and more appropriate for our level of righteousness. When our righteousness goes down, then the S.C. “tightens the halo” to make it appropriate for our new circumstances. A lot of people whine vociferously that the Government does things that are outside of our control... but how righteous we are as a people is ENTIRELY inside of our control. Perhaps someday I will write a law textbook called “Halo Theory (Demonstrated),” to illustrate this concept in action. And a second textbook on International Relations called “Halo Theory Applied,” to show that some countries should be given power, and some countries not. I once read in a book where God was talking to a person. God said, “You cannot be trusted with My Power. My power would corrupt you, unless you had My level of character. The more that you develop My level of character, then the more you can be trusted with the power that accompanies it.” The Democrats in our society are extremely opposed to allowing the schools to teach any form of righteousness. And then when society acts in an unrighteous way, they are simply shocked and stunned that such awful things could happen. Emma Goldman said, “Every society has the criminals it deserves.” Later on, Robert Kennedy said, “Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.” “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled, either by a power within them, or by a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible, or by the bayonet.” Robert Charles Winthrop. Democrats blame the Right for not budging on gun laws. But the Right blames Democrats for not budging on school prayer, or the 10 Commandments, or any form of spiritual education whatsoever. I am proposing a way in which the Right can give a little ground... and still be largely protected and secured, in hopes that after this is done, that the Left will give a little ground as well, and not be so hostile toward God in education. We have a word “Civilization.” We have a word “Civilized.” All of this rotates around the word “Civility.” But where does civility come from? In his book, “The Road to Character,” David Brooks says that one of the purposes of education is to give the student something to love, and to produce greater and greater “loves” in that student to foment the development of character. Democrats certainly are good about talking about “love” and “hate” on television. They are really good about doing that! But when it comes to allowing students to form “love” in the classroom, then they are adamantly opposed to the “results” that could happen from such actions. You know... actions that would PREVENT a person from shooting another person. You know... like happens from time to time. Democrats!! Are you listening to the words that are coming out of my mouth? I am speaking ENGLISH right now. These sounds actually form words, and these words have meaning to them. Hello. Hello. Words are coming out of my mouth. Democrats love “feelings” but they hate “truth.” I have other solutions... but I live in a society that outright rejects my authority, and is unwilling to give me any money for any reason. Therefore, I am limited in the kind of leadership that I can provide. Perhaps one day that will change, and I can prove how enlightened God has made me. Thank you for your time and attention. Shay Joshua Garnett sjgin08@juno.com Billings, MT

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