News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Liz Ciancone

April 16, 2013

LIZ CIANCONE: Friskey no doubt was in favor of gun control

TERRE HAUTE — I once owned a gun. Actually, it was Dad’s gun and I was allowed to use it. He bought an air gun which shot BB’s to protect our home — in a way.

The gun replaced a short-range BB gun and was purchased as a surprise for “Friskey,” a neighbor dog who came into our yard to tease and harass our collie. Lady was not encouraged to leave our yard and Dad had taken to easing the screen door open and popping Friskey and encouraging him to go home.

Friskey actually learned to gauge the range of the BB gun and would dash just out of range to resume his teasing as soon as Dad had gone back into the house.

That’s when Dad got the pump BB gun. True to habit, Friskey appeared, Dad eased the screen door open, Friskey sprinted just out of what had been range and earned himself a zap in the hind quarters. The longer range of the new gun certainly gave Friskey pause for thought.

So, as a former gun “owner,” I’ve followed the debate on gun control with less than all-consuming interest. I have fired BB guns, a .22 rifle and once — but only once — a 12-gauge shotgun. I can’t honestly think of anything I want to shoot.

But I do respect the Second Amendment to the Constitution which allows Americans to “keep and bear arms” and am more than willing to endorse a strict-construction interpretation of that amendment. It was, after all, written in the late 18th century when the only guns available were flintlock rifles used to hunt game and supplement the family diet. But since flintlocks are now available, I am willing to stretch a bit to admit a hunting rifle or even a shotgun for those who prefer getting their protein from wild animals.

I do, however, think of dozens of ways the money being spent to elect and influence legislators, national and state, into a blanket endorsement of all guns, even those developed for military use, might be better spent to meet some of the real needs of American citizens.

The average American does not need a semi-automatic with dozens of rounds of firepower to protect his (or her) home. The average American needs safe bridges and highways without potholes big enough to roast an ox. He (or she) needs some sort of affordable health care and what politicians tell us is essential in the modern world, a financially secure educational system at all levels.

That would be money well spent.

Liz Ciancone is a retired Tribune-Star reporter. Send email to opinion@tribstar.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Liz Ciancone
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Small Reactors Could Be Future of Nuclear Energy Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash New York Auto Show Highlights Latest in Car Tech Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Human Antidepressants Making Shrimp Too Calm NASA Releases Images of "graceful" Solar Flare Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity