Paranoid white people are going to kill us all.
The NRA released an ad a couple of months ago pitting Liberals against “Americans” in a war only gun-owners want. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch spends sixty seconds expressing the irrational paranoia of conservative white people more clearly than I could’ve imagined. She laid it all out there in this sales pitch to inspire gun owners to go out and buy even more guns and it’s terrifying.
The good news is, this video was released in April and is just recently starting to gain traction. This means Conservative websites didn’t really pick it up so maybe it’s too extreme even for the mainstream Right?
The bad news is, this is the reason gun sales continue to rise out of proportion to the population. Crazy gun people are hoarding guns.
For only 242 million adults living in the U.S., there are about 265 million guns, according to a recent Harvard and Northeastern University study obtained by the Guardian. That comes out to be more than one gun for every adult.
Half of those guns belong to just 3% of the adult population. These super-owners have anywhere between eight and 140 guns each, with the group average being 17, according to the study.
Overall, there are an estimated 55 million gun owners in the U.S.: Most have an average of three guns; half own one or two guns; and the number of guns owned by Americans has gone up by 70 million over that same time period.
That’s all thanks to the NRA and paranoid gun people infecting the simple-minded with propaganda like this. They love to say the Left is violent, the Left is dangerous, the Left is a threat to America, but our President never encouraged gun owners to shoot another politician. The vast majority of mass shootings are committed by conservative White men. Random acts of politically motivated violence are almost always rooted in xenophobia, racism, or religion on behalf of a straight white Christian who loves America. And we don’t have any ads serving as a call to arms to protect ourselves against the demonstrably violent actions of the Right.
I live in New York City and I will always live in a city like this, be it Los Angeles or San Francisco or Seattle or some other liberal bubble safely insulated from the paranoid red wasteland of the United States at large. I think gun ownership is stupid and the Second Amendment makes no sense in a modern society having little in common with the daily life or political climate of the Founding Fathers. But if I lived in a small city in Alabama or a rural area in Oklahoma, I’d have a permit and a gun, because crazy gun people are crazy. It actually scares me that there are people who think this way and they’re out here stockpiling a hundred guns waiting for a reason to use them. I don’t trust them not to instigate confrontation in a war wholly imagined inside their tiny little paranoid brains and I wouldn’t feel safe living anywhere near them.
The fact that this video was made means the NRA knows it would be warmly and enthusiastically received by enough people to warrant the time and effort to create it. I don’t feel safe next to those people and my thoughts are with all y’all who have to live and work with them.