Let’s talk about gun laws in the US (I know, but stay with me)
So I don’t have a lot of time before class, but in the nine minutes or so I do have I wanna talk about this “guns don’t kill people; people kill people” idea favoured by the NRA and proponents of loose laws on gun ownership. I mean, yes, that statement is technically true. A gun isn’t gonna suddenly get up and start shooting people. But I’d argue that is exactly the problem: the people who own the guns are dangerous, and we’re making it easier for them to cause mass destruction. There’s a reason you don’t hear about “mass stabbings” on the news: a gun can cause a unique amount of damage to a large number of people in the way other weapons cannot.
We forcibly put people in mental institutions even if they pose little to no harm to society as a whole (and I absolutely believe in proper mental health care, when it is done correctly. But a lot of the times it’s not and people are put through more stress by being forced into a hospital without fully being aware of what’s going on or with little regard for the patient’s state of well-being. This is often seen with schizophrenia especially; but that’s another story). We defend actual rapists and pedophiles because people here actually believe that’s better than electing a democtrat, and we do it with FUCKING BIBLE ARGUMENTS (incorrect bible arguments; the whole point of Mary was that she was a VIRGIN).
We recall products that might be dangerous: we recall cars and phones, rightly so, and cars and phones were not actually created to cause purposeful bodily harm or death. So why do we let any psycho go and buy guns? The government often tries to turn it into a terrorism issue, except when the shooter is white (which they are, in a statistically greater number of cases). But then it becomes a mental health issue, and refelcts badly on mental illness in general, because most of us with mental illness are non-violent. Around 95% of us actually (and I got that from the John Oliver episode on mental illness, if you wanna check my facts). You hear the conservative news broadcasts saying that we shouldn’t turn it into a political issue, that it isn’t the right time. But as many have asked, if not then, when is the right time? After a shooting seems to be the right time to lay the burden unfairly on the mentally ill or people of color or minority faith, so why not ask the hard questions about gun control?
“But what about defending my house if a burglar breaks in?” Well yes, you should absolutely be able to defend your home, and if you are allowed to have a gun, that’s all well and good. But a lot of robberies are unarmed, petty thefts. And maybe that robber is a scared teenager who is living on the streets and just wants food. You don’t know. So going immediately for the gun is a bad idea. I personally like keeping roach spray near my bed- it shoots up to 27 feet and can blind or seriously incapacitate an intruder. And yes, sometimes a robber poses immediate danger to you and your family, especially if they have a gun, and you have the right to defend yourself if you see yorself in mortal danger, and if saving yourself and your family involves using your gun, then I understand that. But do you know why that dangerous armed robber has a gun? Because they are so damn easy to get. People wouldn’t feel the need to protect themselves with guns if violent, dangerous people didn’t have guns.
And look, I am a defender of the right to bear arms- I love going to the shooting range and I’m a damn good shot with a pistol (I shoot at targets though; I don’t like hunting or actually killing things, although you can be damn sure I would if I was in serious danger). But I just think that there should be stricter laws- you shouldn’t be able to go into a walmart and buy a gun and a shit tonne of amo in less than twenty minutes. I personally think there should be a psych eval before you can buy a gun (and I don’t think that having a mental illness should automatically excuse you, for example, women with Rape Trauma Syndrome often want to have a gun in their home, and I respect that. But if you are proven to be excessively violent or sociopathic, it’s just not a good idea). This would create more jobs in psychology. It would significantly reduce the number of mass shootings. And it wouldn’t be taking away the right for us to have guns, it would jsut be regulating it in a sane manner. And what on earth is wrong with that?