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December 15, 2012

Talk to me About Gun Control

Let me ask you some questions.

What do you mean when you talk about gun control?

Do you mean, that you want to control who has the guns? When governments decide their people cannot have guns, bad things happen (see China, Guatemala, Cambodia, Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, Ottoman Turkey, Native Americans).

Are you saying that no one should be allowed to have them, or just select groups?

Who exactly then, should be allowed to have the guns? Cops? The military? Why is the topic of gun control not brought up when cops kill people? Cops do kill people. It happens all the time, yet, the conversation of gun control isn’t considered when they pump lead into the very people they’re tasked to protect and serve.

Talk to me about gun control when your house is being broken into and you’re scrambling for a rolling pin. Talk to me about gun control when you’re finished watching every single youtube clip of a cop shooting an unarmed homeless person. Talk to me about gun control when your “zombie apocalypse” has come, and you’re trying to harpoon a deer. Talk to me about gun control when the IRS is kicking your door in for a thousand dollars of unpaid taxes.

Yes, there is a problem. People are shooting each other. This is a serious issue. But, for god’s sake, stop letting yourself, and humanity off the hook and pretending like it’s all the fault of guns. Take some fucking responsibility for your species. Saying we need more gun control after a massacre is like saying we should take food away from an obese person.

You can make the biggest, deadliest gun in the world, and nobody would be hurt by it if we weren’t such degenerate pigs.

I’ll talk to you about gun control when you admit that guns don’t kill people. When someone is killed in a car accident, do you call for ‘car-control?”

Here is the typical American thought-process:

Candy makes people fat. No, people eating too much candy make themselves fat.

Drugs kill. No. People who can’t stop doing drugs kill themselves.

Guns kill people. No. You get the point. We love to blame inanimate things instead of taking responsibility for who we are.    This sort of thinking is not indicative of a species poised to thrive. Americans love putting band-aids on a bed sore instead of getting the patient out into the fresh air.

Before we give up the right to defend ourselves against an increasingly hostile, arrogant and ignorant government, let’s talk about ways to make ourselves more peaceful. Let’s talk about ways to stop creating outcasts in our society. Let’s talk about family. Let’s talk about nurturing friendship, building stronger communities and strengthening the ‘good’ in the human spirit as opposed to solving everyone’s problems with drugs. Let’s stop being such pieces of shit to each other.

I have a gun. I have had guns, and I would never harm someone. I have people who love me – people to talk to when I need to vent. Ask yourself what this country would be like if everyone had someone to talk to about their problems, as opposed to taking drugs to cover it all up – as opposed to shooting rooms full of people to seal themselves in history?

Morgan Freeman had this to say about yesterday’s shooting:

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem.”

He’s right. These sick people get something out of it. They win, and the media lets them. And, by watching the “news”, we are part of their victory.

We lose. We lose, and it’s our fault, not a gun’s. Americans are so saturated with their own outward appearance, pop culture, and generalized debauchery, that they can’t even recognize when someone is in need. It’s very likely that some of these killers needed only a community of friends and family to help them through the hard parts of life. In this country, we have replaced compassion with drugs.

So, if you want to talk about gun control, let’s talk about people control, first. Let’s talk about what it’s going to take to get ourselves off the pills. Let’s talk about family. Let’s let go of our individuality for just a second, and do something, as a community, as a country, to help people who are in need.

If I felt like no one loved me, and there was nowhere for me to go in life, I might feel desperate enough to jump off a bridge. I was raised with compassion, though. How many people do you know who were not? How many people do you know who deserve better than what they get?

You have the power to do something about that.

11 Comments on “Talk to me About Gun Control

bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

passionate debate, although the death from gun related injuries in Australia is nearly 1/10 of what they are here, and that is likely do to their strong gun control laws.

but i agree with you, it is unreasonable to change the country’s constitution solely because of one such tragedy, but people often seek to explain tragedies as quickly as possible, it provides a sense of false comfort; a way to make sense of it all. Finding a solution, however, is not going to prove so simple.

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Tom Laverty
December 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Thanks for reading.

Is that Australian statistic based on per capita? If you combine the per capita statistics of most of the industrialized world, the United States doesn’t stand out.

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bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm

im sorry my math is not strong…. allow me to verify the statistic…

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bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

U.S. & Australia are similar in
many ways. Both are multi-cultural. Yet the murder rates differ by
100:1. Violence there is less deadly because guns are scarce.

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Tom Laverty
December 15, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Can you show me the study? In particular, I’d like to see the part where it deduces that the lower murder rate is a direct result of the scarcity of guns.

bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

i do not believe that is the sole reason as to why their murder rates
are so low, as “murder” can involve any kind of weapon, or none at all. I plucked the quote because i find the statistic to be noteworthy, i do not care for the surrounding claims – as i said before, i agree with your perspective. i just think the number is significance enough to take into consideration

bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

also, can you feed the cat later?

Tom Laverty
December 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Nope. The foods all out. All gone! No more food for Mr. Crusher 🙁

bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

found another stat: US has about 10,000 handgun homicides per year. Australia has about a dozen and Britain has about 2 dozen. Canada has 100. (Myers, 2010)

Tom Laverty
December 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Right, but again, per capita statistics are the relevant ones.

Comparing per capita stats is the only reasonable evaluation.

The 10k number isn’t mindblowing

According to this, Australia, even with their strict laws, are only better than the US by approximately 2.7 deaths per 100k.

Another thing: these are recent statistics. Countries change hands; people evolve/devolve. A study detailing deaths by firearms (per capita) in the 1940s, for example, might have interesting results.

Also, “gun control” laws do not take into account civilians killed by their own police/military.

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_gun_vio_hom_fir_hom_rat_per_100_pop-rate-per-100-000-pop

bananacakes
December 15, 2012 at 9:16 pm

i do not believe that is the sole reason as to why their murder rates
are less. as “murder” can involve any kind of weapon, or none at all.

i plucked the quote because of the statistic, not the surrounding claims. i do think the statistic is noteworthy.

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