A 71-year-old Angola man with medical problems was arrested Saturday after he threatened tree trimmers with an unloaded shotgun. The tree trimmers worked for a company with which NIPSCO had contracted to remove trees in NIPSCO’s right of way. What a decision to make – which one of 300 weapons to be chosen to strike the fear of God into tree trimmers trying to do their job.
After arriving at the jail, police and prosecutors determined that the man’s health problems required immediate medical attention, and he was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne. Officers remaining at the man’s house went inside the home to make sure no one else was inside and found about 300 guns and more than a million rounds of ammunition.
The weapons were legal, and police got a search warrant to allow them to take the weapons from the home and store them safely until the man’s family can get them. Wonder what the family will do with 300 guns and a million rounds of ammunition?
No one has any business with 300 weapons and a million rounds of ammunition. Apparently, the man is sick – probably both mentally and physically. But how does one go about collecting that many weapons? But not surprisingly, nearly 40 percent of all the world’s civilian firearms are owned by U.S. citizens.
According to Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, U.S. citizens own 270 million firearms making it the world’s most heavily armed society – 90 guns for every 100 U.S. residents.
Proponents of the right to bear arms constantly harp about gun control. What gun control? Obviously, if the United States is the most heavily armed society in the world, gun control sure hasn’t been an issue. And, gun ownership sure hasn’t protected U.S. citizens.