Today you sold my husband a gun. You had handguns on sale and one was within the price range that the person I am married to could finally afford. It’ s not a fancy gun, but a weapon nonetheless.
He has been watching ads and looking in the paper, but as you are aware, prices of personal handguns have gone through the ceiling as fearful small minded people are sure that these personal weapons will soon be unavailable. Foolish people. As the manufacturers of guns and ammunition pump these out, making their millions, billions, and retailers like you are getting their piece of the financial pie, men and women are stockpiling their personal arsenals.
Of course he had to wait to have a background check done. He didn’t have to come home and go back to your store, this check would only take an hour and a half. Ninety minutes, less than a good movie would take to watch. He wouldn’t have time to reconsider while waiting. He had his carry permit. That was easy. Convince three people who were not relatives to sign a paper and turn it into the local sheriff for a background check.
So he came home with a gun which he knew I would disapprove of, and not affordable for us right now. There was no discussion, he just walked in, and bought a gun and three boxes of bullets, from your store.
So what does that ninety minute background check tell you about this increasingly unstable man I still live with.?
No jail time, check. No arrests, check. Verification he was who his ID said he was? Check. Addresses, and employment status.? Check.
Did it tell you about his experience or lack of knowledge of firearms? No. When the last time it was that he used a gun? No. Did it ask about his physical health or if he had any chronic diseases which might affect his judgement?
Your company just sold a gun to a man who if diagnosed might be considered pre bipolar. it runs in his family. Your company just sold a gun to a man who has no restraint to his anger, has a trigger temper. Any disagreement can set it off. It can be as common as requesting whether the bills can be paid this month. It can be a disagreement on how to stem the pets from sparring with each other. A comment about driving left of center or using a blinker can bring on this ugly part of his being. The temper has flared for years. It has no off button, no safety switch. You sold this person a gun.
Was there a question on the background check on whether you get along with your neighbors? Was there a question about whether you are a person who has integrity and follows the rules?
You sold a man a gun who is in such a feud with neighbors that it has cost us over three thousand dollars we didn’t have in lawyer and land survey costs. Another neighbor earns a moniker that would be considered one of the crudest terms directed at a woman. There will never be peace. You sold him a gun.
Did you ask if he retained employees with his business? Or did his temper and lack of integrity and trying to get work for less than what it is worth cause most folks to fold up and leave. Did the form ask if he cheated or treated his children fairly? Did the form ask if he was as greedy as some born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and would go to all lengths necessary to get what he thought he deserved? Did the background check ask anything revealing at all?
Today you sold my husband a gun. A man who should never own a gun. A man who acts first and sometimes thinks later. Sometimes. A man who believes that the world is out to get him, and cause him financial hardship. A man who has borrowed and begged money from family and relatives and then goes out to buy a totally unnecessary item instead of paying a bill. A man who while arguing with his brother has been enraged to a point that he considers his once close sibling to be dead in his eyes. Today you sold this man a gun.
Did the background check ask about his financial situation? Did it show several bankrupticies in his history? Did it have a list of the women in his past? Did it show how a home his aunt and uncle left him was lost after he borrowed money against it which was never paid back?
Today you sold a gun. You sold a man a gun with an ego as big as the Goodyear blimp who is going through a delayed midlife crisis, who has no true friends anymore, because he screwed them all over too many times.
Today you sold this man a gun.
How many men have bought a gun who by a misstep, a beer too many, a disagreement on the highway make tomorrow’s front page headlines?
Today you sold this man a gun and in ninety minutes deemed him acceptable to own one.
Today I wrote my will.