Monday, April 27, 2009

My Gun Control Essay, Upon Request

Banning Guns Cannot Prevent School Shootings

Imagine yourself at the scene of the Virginia Tech shooting. You hide under the desk that you were sitting at peacefully just moments ago. Gun shots ring though the air as you sit curled up on the cold floor, wondering who the next victim of the evil rampage will be. Don’t you wish you could have had a gun in this moment? Don’t you wish you had a way to defend yourself against the murderer?

Because we cannot go back in time, we cannot know how differently the Virginia Tech shooting could have turned out if one of the victims had possessed a gun. We can, however, analyze this and other school shootings to see how they could have been different.

Thirty-one states currently have laws allowing concealed handguns for adults with no criminal record or history of mental disorders. (Lott 1) The cause of concealed-carry has grown over the past decade or two. More and more people are realizing how much of a positive difference allowing guns can really make.

Banning guns on campuses doesn’t protect students. Rather, the policy only endangers those who are ethical enough to follow the law. Outlaws are the only ones who will have guns if guns are outlawed. This means that criminals will have guns, and law-abiding civilians will not. Students and teachers should be allowed to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.

In 1997 in Pearl Mississippi, a shooter was stopped by an assistant principal who had retrieved a gun from his car. (Lott 2) Because he was not allowed to bring his gun into the school, the assistant principal could not stop the shooting earlier. If he would have been allowed to bring his gun into the school, the lives of the shot students could have been saved.

In Edinboro, Pennsylvania, in 1998, a passerby stopped a shooter who was reloading his gun by pointing a shotgun at him until the police arrived. (Lott 2) If it were not for this civilian, the shooter would have been able to finish reloading his gun and continue his massacre.

If a person bearing a gun had not been on the scene at either one of these shootings, much more damage could have been done by the shooters. Sharp-minded civilians with guns, however, were present at both of those school shootings. Without anyone even firing a shot, both of these tragedies were prevented from becoming worse.

For a more recent example, consider the Virginia Tech shooting. Obviously, there was no student or teacher with a gun at the scene of the shooting. As I stated before, we cannot know if the tragedy could have turned out differently if someone would have shot the shooter. We can logically see how the tragedy could have been prevented by a student with a gun, though. Imagine if a student or teacher would have pulled a gun on and shot the Seung-Hui Cho before he began shooting people in the classroom. Dozens of lives could have been saved by that quickly-thought action. There is no possibility that someone with a concealed gun would have been on the scene, however, because concealed weapons are not allowed on the Virginia Tech campus.

Almost any mass shooting could be prevented by a quick-thinking civilian with a concealed gun. Because one of the criteria for owning a concealed-carry permit is that the owner must be somewhat proficient at shooting, there is a good chance that a murderous gunner could be stopped by one bullet.

Banning concealed handguns really doesn’t protect anyone. If a person is intent on killing someone, or is intent on killing a mass of people, he will do it. Someone who is willing to go against the law and kill someone, or kill a number of people, will not mind going against the law about carrying a gun on a campus. And even if a murderer does not bring a gun onto campus, there are many other ways to kill someone, such as a knife, baseball bat, or even bare hands. Guns themselves really aren’t the problem, in fact, “Guns aren’t bad things or good things. They’re things, inanimate objects, chunks of metal with no will of their own.” (Medred 3) So if people bent on murdering will murder, people who will be the victims of the murderer should have some way to defend themselves. The best way for a person to defend themselves against an attacker is a gun, simply because it is so deadly.

In a study that analyzed the relationship between concealed handgun laws and crime rates between 1977 and 1995, the effect of those laws was clearly seen. In those 19 years, states that passed laws allowing concealed-carry guns saw an 84% decline in multiple-victim shootings. In addition, after concealed-carry laws had been established for 5 years, murders decreased by at least 15%. (Lott 2)

Some people say that we cannot trust civilians with concealed handguns in mass-shooting situations because they might shoot an innocent bystander instead of the murderer. As I stated before, however, one of the criteria for obtaining a concealed-carry permit is that the owner must be somewhat proficient at shooting. There is a small chance that someone with a concealed handgun would shoot the wrong person in a space the size of a classroom.

Others contend that small arguments could turn into shooting battles. I can see why some of my opponents would think this, but people are just as likely to shoot each other over small arguments as they are to strangle each other or stab each other. One of the requirements for a concealed-carry permit owner is, as I stated earlier, that he or she is mentally sound. People who are right in their minds will not attempt to kill someone with whom they have a minor disagreement. And if a person is bent on killing another, they will find a way to do it. According to Craig Medred, editor of the “Outdoors” magazine, “The problem isn’t the weapon of choice, it’s the anger.” It doesn’t make any difference whether a killer has a gun, a knife, or a crowbar.

Guns are used defensively 2.5 million times every year. (Lott 2) There have been many times over the past decades that multiple-victim shootings are prevented by civilians with concealed guns. Because there are people who are bent on killing others, the victims should have an effective method of defending themselves. Namely, they should be able to defend themselves with a gun. Banning guns doesn’t actually protect anybody, so people should be allowed to carry a concealed gun if they wish. Many lives could be saved if concealed handguns were allowed on college campuses.

Works Cited

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Congrats if you read the whole thing. =P

Nothing much is going on right now. I'm trying to figure out when we can get a band meeting together this week...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

And why have I never heard this song before?!?

You Are the Sun by Sara Groves

You are the sun shining down on everyone
Light of the world giving light to everything I see
Beauty so brilliant I can hardly take it in
And everywhere you are is warmth and light

And I am the moon with no light of my own
Still you have made me to shine
And as I glow in this cold dark night
I know I can't be a light unless I turn my face to you

Shine on me with your light
Without you I'm a cold dark stone
Shine on me I have no light of my own
You are the sun, you are the sun, you are the sun
And I am the moon


That really is an awesome analogy. I added it to my playlist if you want to listen to it.

Tonight is the princess party at my Chick-fil-A. Guess who gets to be the princess cow? =P

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anna!!!

Hey, Anna! This is yo' bro Wesley here. Yes, I'm talking to you. =P

Happy birthday! I'm so glad that you're my sister!!! Thanks for not being too hard (even if you are a bit easy) on me at work. It's been great to see you grow in leadership skills and in godliness over the past year. I can really see how attending M28 has helped you to be more "crazy" (lol) and to grow even closer to God. I love you!!! =)


I think I shall turn this into a power-metal song. (for those who don't know what power metal is, listen to the last song titled "Sign of the Cross" on my playlist)

The End of Night

The makeshift walls I've thrown up
Fall back down on my head
I thought everything was for you
I realize now I was dead

Even as I raised my hands
The curtain of sin still stood
My mind was blind to light
My thoughts left in solitude

This darkness falls upon me
An ever deeper night
Demons whisper, I listen
Avoided if I would just fight

Even as I raised my hands
The curtain of sin still stood
My mind was blind to light
My thoughts left in solitude

Now as I raise my eyes, God
I see heaven where you stand
My mind can see your great light
My thoughts restored by your hand

The night lifts as I see your face
You came down to bring me back up
I can see all so clearly now
You came down to bring me back up

It needs some work, but I think it's okay. It's something that I've been thinking about a lot lately. When I don't think about God, I can "worship" and pray, but it's all just motions. It's not necessarily because of a particular act of sin, but just from a lifestyle where I don't think about God as often as I should. He is so beautiful, why would I want to look anywhere else? He's all I need, all the satisfaction I shall ever find is in Him. I can't wait to reach heaven... then I'll have no distractions from His glory.

And that's about all I have to say, I think...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

I thought I should probably post...

I wanted to post to let those who didn't already know (a very small number) that the Awake Music Project performed (almost) flawlessly at the CrossWay Arts Festival. It was so much fun. I was so thankful to God that he blessed us and let us play for so many people and do so well. I thought that I was gonna have trouble keeping my nerves under control (I had never sung with a microphone in front of me before then), but God was good in letting me keep cool. So, thanks to all of you who showed up to watch us, and thanks to those who participated, and thanks God for being there with us!

I realized a few days ago that I never post any pictures on my blog. I suppose that can get a little boring, eh? Well, I decided to post a picture today. I do not have any idea what that picture is going to be!!! So, let me go find a somewhat interesting picture...

I'm not sure how many of you have already seen that picture... Anywho, Mr. Brown decided at Stephen's 16th birthday party that he would make it easier on the girls' team by making muscles be body parts that could be added to the picture for hangman. Thus the lump on the man's arm. =P

So that's about all I have to say. Love y'all!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


I love classical music. There's no music as good as an amazing symphonic piece with timpani, harp, strings, brass, cymbals, choir, etc... I love well-written classical music. I much prefer a symphony over a quartet, though... I just love that full, rounded sound that a full orchestra has.

Anyway, that was a pretty random thought.

So I got to go to an AMP band meeting today. (Thank you Nathan) We got a lot done I think we're pretty much totally ready for the performance. Adam and Mark couldn't make it to the meeting, but I think they pretty much have it down anyway. And Matt needs to play around with the lights a little more... lol. PLEASE STAY AFTERWARD FOR THE TWO BANDS THAT ARE PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Even though the festival is "officially over" before the AMP band and "Aphelion" (I believe it's called) play, please, please, please stick around to see us. We would greatly appreciate it.

I think that I'm gonna start writing lyrics again.... I think I've been missing out on some rich times of dwelling on God by not writing lyrics. I usually find a passage in the Bible that really speaks to me, and then just write my thoughts down in poetry form. It is so rewarding, wondering at God, I mean. He truly is so wonderful.


Well... so much for that resolution to post every day, huh?

So, I've started working on the Shutterfly version of the Spelling Bee page for the yearbook. I'm trying to make it fun, but not too little-kiddy, if ya know what I mean. So I'm gonna work on that as soon as I'm done posting...

And I just ordered Define the Great Line and Lost in the Sound of Separation by Underoath. I'm a little behind the times, I know. =P

Um... the Arts Festival is on Saturday, and I'm still trying to figure out when the next band meeting will be...