Sunday, December 23, 2012

America is a crazy place

By Michael J.W. Stickings

Question for you:

A guy goes into an elementary school and kills 26 people, including 20 children, with an assault weapon, yet another (if numerically and dramatically worse than usual) violent crime committed with firearms, there's national shock and outrage and along with the grief and mourning there's talk of what's wrong and how to prevent such a horrific thing from happening again, specifically talk of sensible gun control laws including a ban on such assault weapons, and how do people respond?

Why, by loading up on assault weapons, of course. This is America, for fuck's sake.

Even if its just a small minority of Americans who are responding in this way, it's certainly a large enough number to warrant concern, to put it mildly.

Personally, I favor broad gun control, but even if it's just assault weapons we're talking about, weapons of mass destruction as we saw in Connecticut, there's simply no reason for them to be in anyone's private possession, as their sole purpose is to kill large numbers of people rapidly.

And if you do own one, or want to own one, there are only two possible reasons why, other than wanting to kill large numbers of people rapidly: (anti-government) paranoia or fetishism (or both).

And in either case, you're fucking crazy.

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  • I went out to dinner with my father tonight and this subject came up. Why is the response to a mass shooting to go out and buy guns? The answer is clear: these people think that the government will use the shooting spree as justification to outlaw guns. That seems reasonable enough. But how many times can you think that the government is going to outlaw guns before you decide that they aren't? Gun fanciers have been claiming that the government is about to take their guns my entire life--that's almost 50 years! And guns are more available now than ever. So what's up, you guys? I think the last sentence is correct, "You're fucking crazy."

    By Anonymous Frank Moraes, at 12:15 AM  

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