I don’t know anything about the origins of the video embedded below, but I saw it on Facebook recently and, like about a billion other people, got one hell of a bang out of it. Literally.

Nice shootin’ Tex!

Judging by how little the gun kicks and the fact that it doesn’t appear to eject the spent shell I’m going to guess the video is fake. Then again, considering how twitchy the dude’s left eye is, he certainly looks like the kind of person that would duct tape a fishing rod to a shotgun and then shoot a hole in the fucking ceiling. I could just Google it, but fake or not I think the video carries an extremely important message about guns that everyone needs to see and hear.

Let me just say by way of background that while I am an ardent supporter of gun control laws, I also support the right of Americans to own guns. In fact I grew up in a house literally surrounded by guns and I don’t have any sort of phobia or bias against them or the people that own them. A group which, by the way, happens to include me.

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This is not me.

BUT, if you were to go to the house I grew up in you would probably still see the bullet hole in the door that leads into the dining room that was made in 1978 when my father, an avid hunter and gun collector, accidentally discharged a gun in the house that he believed was not loaded. Now mind you, my father was the most conscientious gun owner you would ever meet. In fact the level of care that he took with his guns was almost maddening to behold. He was a Korean War veteran and was intimately familiar with the terrible damage guns can inflict on the human body and he had a fervor for gun safety in his home that bordered on the fanatical. And yet, for all his checking and double-checking and triple-checking of his guns before he brought them into the house, he still shot a hole in the dining room door that but for the grace of God could have been a hole in his child’s head. My head. My mother harangued my father for years to patch that hole in the door, but my father refused. He wanted the hole to be a constant reminder to himself and to his family about what can happen when guns are around.

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Boy does this ever look familiar.

 

My older brother owns the house now, and that hole in the door is probably still there to this day. I’ll see if I can get my brother to send me a photo of the door, although I’m not counting on it because in all honesty after my father passed away the bullet hole became a source of great sadness to my family. We all knew that accidental shot in the dining room changed my father forever, and not entirely for the better. After that he stopped passionately hunting and collecting guns and when he died some years later there were only a couple of guns left in the house. I didn’t really get it when I was a kid, but I understand now how deeply it scarred my father to live with the shame that he could have shot and killed his wife or children. It’s an unfortunate thing how you don’t truly understand your parents until after you’ve lived long enough to see life through their eyes. Not a day goes by where I don’t see something happen in my own life and wish I could turn to my parents and say I get it. Dad, I get it. I get it.

Whether you choose to accept it or not, when you walk into a home or a store or a restaurant with a gun on your belt or over your shoulder, no matter how convinced you are that you’re a good guy with a gun, YOU PUT MY LIFE AT RISK, and that’s just not acceptable to me. It’s no different than if you could get on a plane with a bomb in your bag. Even if you have absolutely no intention of detonating the bomb on the plane, YOU PUT MY LIFE AT RISK, and that’s just not acceptable to me. Which is why I support the gun control policies that I do.

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Besides being dangerous, this is just plain retarded.

Again, I don’t know much of anything about the video I posted above, where the dude shoots a hole in his ceiling while his dog looks on, doubtless wondering why he lives with a gun-toting Mongoloid. But I do know for a fact that what it shows is all too real. My father proved that to me a long time ago. Yeah, you may have the right to own a gun, and that’s awesome. Just don’t forget that the rest of us have the right to not get shot by it.

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