Commonsense Control, Not Gun Control

Essay by Jason CummingsUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, January 1996

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It's late at night, and you're home all alone. You double checked to make sure all of the doors were locked and made sure all of the windows were closed. It's been a quiet night, but for some odd reason you cannot sleep. During your restless night, you hear a bump in the kitchen. At first you dismiss it as the wind. But there it is again, and it's louder this time. You're scared, your pulse is racing and you cannot think of what to do. You don't know whether to call 911 or just lay there and hope whatever it was will go away. But then you realize you have a 9-mm Smith and Wesson hand gun in the nightstand. You quietly get it out, take off the trigger lock, and retrieve the bullets from on top of your dresser. You don't want to create a situation that isn't necessary so you huddle next to your bed and hope whomever it is takes what they want and leaves.

You hear them walking down the hallway toward you. Your bladder nearly lets go. The intruder tries to open your door but luckily you locked it. There still is the possibility that it's you spouse so you don't shoot the intruder through the door. Then the intruder kicks the door in, sending splinters of wood flying about the room. The time has come, you raise from the side of your bed, instinctively assuming a marksman's pose and fire just as the intruder is raising his weapon. He flies back against the wall and slumps into a lifeless pile. You then proceed to call 911.

Now, that is not an uncommon scenario in the present state of society. Now what I ask you to picture is that same scenario, but this time...