Since everyone has the right to have a gun, I think that each person should control their own gun and not kill or hurt anybody with it. I also think guns should come with an instruction book and perhaps a warning label that says, “Do not point and fire this at anyone as you could hurt them all the way to dead! Also do not shoot self, as it could cause discomfort!” It wouldn’t stop anyone, but it might delay them long enough to miss the bus or rush hour at McDonalds.
The reason I think that guns should come with instructions is that when my grandma got her gun it took her several hours to figure out how to load it. You see this was thirty years ago, and grandma got the gun for protection. There had been several break-ins in her neighborhood. Things haven’t changed a whole lot, have they?
Anyway she paid for the gun and a box of bullets. Then took them home. She unpacked the little gun and sat on the bed trying to figure out how to load it. A great place to load a gun, on the bed. Somehow she got one bullet in the chamber and fired the gun. BANG!
It was a hot summer day and grandma had managed to shoot the air conditioner. It stopped running; so she called my dad to come fix it. The problem was a bullet in the motor. Dad patched the air conditioner, replaced the motor, and fixed the hole in the ceiling. Then he tried to get grandma to give him the gun.
“You could hurt someone,” he told her. “If your landlord had been up there something besides a motor could have been hurt.”
But grandma didn’t feel safe without her gun. So Dad showed her how to load it and took her to the firing range for some lessons. Then he put a dead-bolt and chain lock on both her front and back door.
The gun stayed on grandma’s closet shelf until late one night. She heard someone in her kitchen. She tiptoed over to the closet and got the gun. Carefully she made her way to the kitchen. She heard nothing but her own heartbeat in the darkness. Moonlight shone on the table top as she passed it. Suddenly, there was a noise behind her, she turned and fired, sort of like James Bond does at the beginning of all those movies.
The carnage was terrible. Grandma had shot her new self-defrosting refrigerator. That was the noise she heard, the defrost cycle turning on and then off. There was a hole through the front panel. The bullet scrambled some eggs, killed a bottle of milk and lodged in the back of the refrigerator.
After that grandma kept the gun unloaded. She never used it again. We had the refrigerator for years and can definitely answer the question, “Does the light go out when you close the door?” Yes it does.
I’m just glad she didn’t get a machine gun we would still be paying off her roof and refrigerator.
So, if you do have a gun, please don’t shoot it at anyone or anything at least in the house, especially if it’s a machine gun. You could really ruin your refrigerator.
Remember, be careful and be nice.