We Need to Ban Guns

So these people were murdered today on live television. If you've got a masochist streak in you, you can watch the video feed. You can't see much, but you can hear their screams of pain and confusion. But it's OK, right America? This is an acceptable price to pay for the freedom of owning firearms. The lives of these two young people simply are worth less than your right to own a gun, and that's a goddamned fact.

I want to change that fact. It's inexcusable for us to keep clinging to an outdated second amendment. The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, it says. In the context of the Americas in the late 1700s, this law made a lot of sense. The British government had tried to seize the weapon stockpiles at Concord and Lexington, which caused Colonial defenders to engage British troops. We all know the history of that conflict well enough. 

It's easy to understand how lawmakers in the 1700s wanted to ensure that the people would never be left defenseless against a tyrannical government.  But in the modern United States, that logic simply doesn't hold water any more. It makes as much sense to the modern American as the third amendment:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law

I don't know about you, but I don't have any real concern that the government is going to try and quarter troops in my house. The law, from a modern perspective, is utterly daft, and it's written right next to the second amendment by the very same people. 

Of course, I have a better chance of sprouting wings from my ass than the USA does of repealing the second amendment. And it is this mass ignorance, this willful disregard for human life, that makes me absolutely furious. I've got a message for you folks out there who think owning a gun is more important than the lives of these two reporters, and the lives of the kids at Sandy Hook, and Virginia Tech, and Columbine, and Trayvon Martin; more important than the normal brain function of Gabby Giffords, more important than the happiness of the families in Aurora, Colorado after losing their loved ones:


Fuck you and your cruel ignorance. I can't believe that a single person out there, if I put a kid in front of them and said, "Give me your gun or this kid dies", I think anybody but a true crazy-man would say "hey now, OK, let's be reasonable here. I'll give up my gun".  And yet that is what's happening every single fucking day. What is wrong with you people? 

And I'm so exhausted by the same stupid goddamned arguments, such as "If we outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns", as if there is no middle ground out there. And of course there is. We can have gun clubs for people who want to shoot for sport, and we can have specialized police units that actually have the training and discipline to carry guns. But we should not let a disgruntled 14 year old crack open mom's safe when she's at work to grab her handgun. We shouldn't let a jaded ex-employee go by a handgun at Cabella's Big Game Hunting and then blast some reporters away on live television.

All my friends in Europe and the rest of the civilized world can testify to the fact that the government didn't come quarter troops in their home and raid their cupboards following their gun bans. 

If even a single life is saved due to a gun ban then it will have been worth it. And the stats just don't lie. In countries with gun bans, gun deaths per capita are simply and dramatically lower.

The only way we're ever going to change this is to continue to try and change peoples' minds. And because people in the United States are excellent at being huge fucking morons, I sincerely think that it's a hopeless cause. 

And it's sad. I watched a woman get murdered on television today, and you think that's OK so long as you get to keep your gun.




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