If you don’t like that I preface this by saying something clever like, I’m not anti-gun Im just pro elementary school kid, then you might want to stop reading now, you irrational asshole.
- Just the facts:
1: We have the highest homicidal Gun death rate per Capita of any other developed nation. Thirty two times higher than Great Britain…
2: Gun Control is something all other industrialized countries have implemented, just kidding. All of them Except for Yemen, and the United States. We’re letting the Russians and Chinese out-safe us people, do you not understand?
3: Every day you can see gun violence in the news, like here, or over here and even here! We’ve had over 1,280 killings since Sandy Hook, and it’s barely been six weeks. If having Twelve hundred of your fellow citizens no longer existing is less important to you than your ability to own an AR-15, seriously, Stop reading this article now.
There really isn’t much I could say to convince the good ol’ American people of the south (I live in the south) who truly believe the constitution gives them an unbinding right to be armed. No matter how much anyone else prods, those that want to get their hands on an assault rifle or a pistol will be able to do so. Hell, there’s absolutely nothing I could say, short of prying the gun from their cold, dead hands, to get the massive quantities of arms out of the hands of civilized Americans. But let’s just take a look at what this right to bear arms has done, how it has been twisted, and why it’s so flustering in the wake of events.
Questions and outrage wisp away like the first time you saw a cat being stuffed in a trashcan on YouTube. Maybe your train of thought went along the lines of: Who would put a cat in a trash can, or more like my response, awwwwwwww kitty. Two weeks later your confusion and anger about the possible animal abuser on youtube had all but faded away. Your questions, outrage, and moral insecurity has already started fading to the backdrop in light of Friday’s horrifying news(Friday being Sandy Hook, Most of this was written in December, sorry I’m Late). This isn’t an argument, this isn’t an article about one party, or even one person. This is a treatise, because that sounds classy, on one facet of American life. One extremely fundamental liberty that waxes and wanes the public’s short attention span, most commonly after a horrible tragedy. A deeply thought provoking discussion is often something that many of us shy away from, but it’s a necessary part of colluding ideas into optimistic outcomes. Okay, I lied, this is clearly from a pro gun agenda. But If I have to apologize for thinking that your “right” to sport is more important than somebody else’s right to life, sorry I guess I am truly an asshole.
I can already hear it:
“GOD DAMMIT THIS GUY DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT IT’S BECAUSE OF OUR LOSS OF VALUES IN AMERICA. CRIMINALS WILL ALWAYS BREAK THE LAW!!” some conservative is probably saying whilst masturbating to Sean Hannity. To which I can only respond by asking a question; what makes more sense, poisoning our drinking water so that we can develop an immunity to it, or filtering the water and removing all toxins from the equation? It’s the same thing people.
Many people treat it like a YouTube video, console their family, comment, and move on. That is insulting to every citizen, not to mention a cold slap to the face of those deeply affected by this tragedy. I keep an open mind in all of my affairs, and highly value other individuals who do the same. I believe a strong indicator of how smart someone is, can be revealed by asking their beliefs on a question that doesn’t have an answer, like abortion, the death penalty, or gun control. If this is an issue that it seems I am leaning towards the negation of, I would first like to say that it is not because I appose responsible gun ownership; or maybe I should explain to you how I’m confused. For starters, I know that semi automatic weapons are very common, and that almost all pistols are technically considered so. What I don’t understand is, why would anybody need a semi/fully automatic (that was grandfathered in) to hunt with? If you need a semi automatic to hunt, you are literally a horrible marksman. The worst, The deers don’t shoot back. But alas, I’ve digressed again so lets talk about something that doesn’t make sense.
You can get a life sentence, for a few ounces of methamphetamine, but it’s technically legal to carry around an assault rifle? The 1994 ban on assault rifles was a great step forward as our society recognized, at least a little, the catastrophic impact of loose gun laws in our country. Unfortunately two things must be stated: first the ban was not retroactive, meaning it only affected guns produced and sold afterwards, and two the ban had to be renewed in ten years, which would be 2004, which it was not. Moreover, theoretically according to many states with a “three strikes,” policy It’ is hypothetically possible for an individual with two previous drug arrests to be arrested for felony possession of marijuana and spend the rest of his life in jail. Okay okay okay, two wrongs don’t make a right, and it’s horribly selfish of me to use one bad law to endorse another. I despise the war on drugs, and maybe my passion against that may have seeped into this paragraph, I apologize but let’s regroup.
Really quick I am going leave that to concede Pro Gun advocates.
This isn’t an argument but this is the only place to put it. The assertion is so stupid, I don’t even see the logic of gun advocates who use it. It goes like this; “The state needing a well maintained militia, blah blah blah, the government must be afraid of the people, in case, you know, we have to stage a revolution or something.” Okkaaaayy, Hold on WHAAAT?! You honestly believe any weapon you could get your hands on, any number of people that could organize together for a rebellion, any number of private firepower could be anything more to a neighborhood menace to a government that spends three quarters of a billion dollars on defense every year? No, thats ridiculous, sit your dumb ass down and listen to me very carefully: YOU ARE NOT JASON BOURNE, HE IS A FICTIONAL CHARACTER. You will never be that kind of hero, and the fact that you assume shit like that is possible makes me question whether or not you should even be allowed to own a gun.
First, I’ll address the “Guns don’t kill people any more than pencils misspell words,” guy’s comment while resisting the urge to use any big words that might be confusing to his peabrain. The issue should shift it’s focus onto how easily the weapons were obtained (in many cases legally), because of backroom trades or loose mental health/background checks on candidates. Moreover, it is an undeniable fact that, because guns have such a high lethality, without guns it would be much less likely for a 20 year old to run into an elementary school and stab 28 individuals to death (not to mention both the necessary physique and accurate knowledge of human anatomy).
Guns are The Great Equalizer in the United States, right, that’s the next argument? I mean come on, say a granny is taking her noonday stroll in the park, tossing crackers to the geese and soaking in the memories of the seventies, okay? So a strong, young man thinks she’s an easy target for a pickpocket and BAM, his butterfly knife is out and he makes a move. This would be all fine and dandy of an argument if we had more sweet ol’ granny’s across the country buying firearms. The fact is that most of the purchasers of guns are younger males, but anyways, this argument doesn’t make sense either because of the following. Guns may be the great equalizer, only if two individuals both have a gun. In this case, what has this really done though? Made a double homicide possible, made it easier to kill people? In reality, guns make it easier to kill, not harder.
As pleas from gun advocates continue “But wait! Cars kill more people than guns, plus you see people with baseball bats walking around not killing anybody.” Which is really just a spin on the people-kill-people argument. This is one of my favorite to dissect, first off, because it simply isn’t true (well not really anyways,) and secondly, it just doesn’t make any sense. Car crashes kill about 30,000 people every year here in the states, an unfortunate statistic in its own right. However, mass murders never happen with “kitchen knives” or “cars” or “fists.”
Beginning with a quick rundown of possible things that we could consider doing, gun ownership seems like an interesting place to start. Well, I know it’s ridiculous to say that guns shouldn’t be in the hands of civilians, but oh wait I think that’s exactly what I’ve been saying the entire article. Check out some data here on mother Jones, especially the fact that Since, 1982, No civilian with a firearm has ever stopped a mass shooting, EVER. Marinate on that one, people who think they are Rambo.
Whoo, I was all over the place with that one. Sorry about that but I’d love to get feedback from you guys, see what you have to say. I know it’s a little choppy and I jump around a lot but be sure to let me know if I missed any facts, (Like where I put these parenthesis but didn’t cite.)