Mark Carman is a self-described "gun enthusiast." In light of recent events in Oregon, Mr. Carman decided to record a video discussing the problems with our virtually non-existent gun laws and posted the video to his Facebook page and it has taken off. He opens with a handgun held in front of his face and asks:
Do you know what this is?I have to admit, I know it's a gun, but that is about all.That's a semi-automatic handgun. And I own it. And I like it. You could own one too. In fact you could own this very one. All you'd have to do is come over to my house with the right money and I could just hand it to you standing on my front porch.I don't have to do a background check. You don't have to fill out a form. We don't have to sign any papers. All's you got to do is decide you want it, bring the money, and legally I can sell it to you.
He's talking about the legality of sales and record keeping, or lack thereof.
But take a look at it. Is that firearm safe? Would you know how to make it safe? How many people do you think would know how?
He proceeds to make the gun safe by taking out the clip and opening the gun to make sure there is nothing in the chamber. He returns the gun to the camera.
How much different does it look from what it looked like a minute ago?
Folks we got a problem. I love firearms, I do. I'm trained in their use. I'm skilled in their use. I'm trained in safety. And I'm a responsible firearms owner. But this message is to responsible firearm owners.
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