Scott H. McCoy is a father, husband, entrepreneur, small business owner, published author, and the former mayor of Pontiac, Illinois. Scott is also a featured speaker at business conventions and seminars; speaking on topics ranging from emerging ...
Scott H. McCoy is a father, husband, entrepreneur, small business owner, published author, and the former mayor of Pontiac, Illinois. Scott is also a featured speaker at business conventions and seminars; speaking on topics ranging from emerging technology to creative business marketing. He resides in Pontiac, Illinois, with his wife of 20 years, Jennifer, and their three children, Joshua, Hannah, and Elizabeth. Scott's personal web site is www.ScottHMcCoy.com. You can follow Scott McCoy on Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/honscotthmccoy
Illinois is still attempting to be the last remaining hold-out when it comes to allowing good citizens to protect themselves. The arguments those anti-gun people make are so far from anything logical, that it’s laughable.
The anti-gun people constantly blame guns for killings. They try to place the blame on the object, a gun, as the REASON someone was killed. What they refuse to acknowledge is that someone had to pick it up, load it, aim it, and pull the trigger. That person, the one who used the gun, is the bad guy — if they used the gun to murder someone.
I could get upset, jump in my car, start it, race down the street and plow into a large group of people. Is it my car’s fault those people would be killed? Don’t say this isn’t the same thing. It’s exactly the same scenario. The only thing I changed was the object used to kill people.
On 9-11, terrorists got into commercial airliners, took over the planes, and used them as missiles as they steered them into buildings, which killed countless innocent people. I haven’t seen or heard one person place the blame on the aircraft. Nobody called for the end to Boeing.
Did you ever play the board game Clue®? I love that game. I used to play it all the time with my family when I was a kid. Even the board game-based movie with the same name was a blast. It had different endings of who-done-it, depending on the theater where you watched it.
In Clue, the objective was simple: figure out who murdered Mr. Body. When you think you have the answer, you had to complete a very specific three-part question. Who did it, in what room of the mansion, and with what object? For example, the answer might be “Mr. Green did it, in the library, with the candlestick.”
This simple game actually points out two very important and relevant truths that the anti-gun crowd ignores. First, in Clue we have to figure out WHO did it with WHAT OBJECT? The object itself is not the killer. It’s always one of the guests who is the murderer. Second, the object is just an object. The board game includes a revolver (that’s a gun for those of you under 20 years old), but it also includes a rope, a wrench, a knife, and even a candlestick. What Clue teaches us is that most any object, if used maliciously, can be deadly.
The claim that the guns are the problem is simply wrong. People commit crimes and they use devices, including guns, in their horrible acts. But they also use cars, fertilizer, household cleaning agents, nails, box cutters, pocket knives, scissors, and even #2 pencils. If you want a real education on lethal objects, look at the displays of weapons found within prisons. Give inmates a toothbrush or newspaper and they can find a way to take you out. Their ingenuity to turn a stick of chewing gum into a weapon makes the Professor on Gilligan’s Island look like a moron.
Some people, in their horribly sick and twisted minds, do bad things. This is the problem. It’s not the guns. Many who are afraid of guns, primarily because they don’t know the first thing about guns, go after the guns because it’s the easy target. But it can’t work. Because when that sick, twisted, bad guy comes to do you harm with his illegal gun, what will you have to defend yourself, your family, and your property?
I sure hope it’s more than a candlestick.