Another mass shooting. Honestly, the immediate details don’t matter in the scope of this article. I will intentionally leave that out so this article will remain relevant for the next mass shooting. And the next. And the next. And the next.
Also in the news, a child shot, caught in the crossfire of a shooting her family had no part in. Imagine that was your child.
And the next shooting. And the next. And the next.
So, I have a couple of questions for gun rights advocates. Or should I say gun nuts?
The US has the highest rate of violent deaths, mostly by firearms, of any nation not at war. We also have the highest number of firearms of any nation on earth not at war.
I am well associated with the standard, memorized, regurgitated, knee-jerk, paranoid, emotional, mindless replies I expect to get.
What if the government tries to.. take over the country?!!! Yeah, because that’s not a thing?
What if they try and herd us all into camps?!!! We have children in cages right this minute. Millions of immigrants being rounded up and incarcerated. Should all of them pick up guns to protect themselves? We have the largest prison population of any country on earth, at any time in history. Police documented shooting unarmed civilians. People dying in police custody both with and without medical histories to explain it. Police caught on video planting evidence and falsifying documents. You think we’re not being herded into camps?
What if they try and kill us? See the above, then think- Our average life expectancy is probably the lowest of industrialized nations and getting shorter each year. Over 40,000 people die from lack of medical care each year. We have no numbers for how many die of exposure due to homelessness. Children going hungry. Threats of taking children away from parents because the parents are poor. BTW, if that happens, YOU get to pay for it. A LOT more than paying for feeding those children. More poison dumped in the water by the hour. Suicide rate increasing by the day. Yes, climate change is real.
So, you can stop acting like you’re Stallone or Willis going to save the day from tyranny. That fucking ship sailed long ago, hero.
So, here are the questions. If you care to try and respond, keep the relies specific to the questions. I do not want your swallowed and vomited propaganda about the second amendment. Owning other human beings was once a right too.
First, if countries that have fewer firearms have fewer violent deaths, why is that?
Second, firearms outnumber human beings in the US. So, how many guns would it take for us to be safe from the threat that guns create? Give me a number. Should every person, man, woman and child be armed at all times? How many guns per person will it take?
I absolutely know that the responses that oppose me will be the same old shit and include absolutely no reply to the questions posed. It will all be hate, anger, second amendment and hypothetical garbage not fit for mental consumption. Mostly by people who never read the article at all. Go on, do your worst and prove me right.
No, I am not a rabid anti-gun activist. I am a veteran and own weapons. I am also well trained and accurate in their use. Yet if guns were outlawed tomorrow, I would shed no tears. Yes, I will get hate speech for that too. Take your meds, please.