Friday, January 1, 2010

Gilbert Arenas and Guns

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Last week, I heard the news that Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was under investigation for having unloaded guns stored in his locker.  At the time, I did not think much of it.  As a high profile athlete, I could understand if he felt the need to have a weapon to protect himself.  Under the 2nd Amendment, I whole heartedly believe he has that right.

Today, the story took another twist.  An ESPN
report says Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton drew guns on each other.  The story is that the two teammates were having an argument because Arenas was refusing to pay a gambling debt.  It is alleged that Arenas pulled a weapon on Crittenton.  In response, Crittenton pulled his own weapon.

While I fully support the right to keep and bear arms under the second amendment, there are responsibilities that go along with that right.  In my opinion, the only legitimate reason to ever pull a gun on another human being is if you are in imminent danger.  A prime example is if somebody has broken into your home and you feel threatened.

If true, this goes well beyond the acceptable use of carrying a gun.  To pull a gun, loaded or not, on another person out of anger is a criminal act, not to mention completely asinine.  It adds nothing but fuel to the fire for those liberals that want to restrict gun ownership rights.  I hope the story is false, because I have always liked Gilbert Arenas since he joined the Wizards.  He always seemed to be a decent guy.  However, if the story is true, he should go to jail or at the very least, not play basketball in the NBA for a very long time.
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  1. To be quite honest about it, I don't know which story is more ridiculous. For the first story was that Gilbert moved his guns from his house to his locker at the arena after the birth of his child because of not wanting to have them in the house with a new baby. I mean, if you are that afraid of something, you shouldn't have it in the first-place!

  2. that's a valid point, Fish. Just as there are many reasons to own a handgun, there are many not to. Bottom line is that in DC, the only place you can have a gun is in your own home. While he spends an awful lot of time in the locker room, I don't think you could make the argument that it is your home. So that would be one possible crime, and if he did pull a gun on somebody in anger, that would be a second.

  3. Gun control is not new and has been largely ineffective since the government first armed the nation

    Joe Samuels



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