i believe i also have problems with guns

allez-argeiphontes  asked:

My eyes lit up when you mentioned Quaker post-WS Bucky... any headcanons you feel like sharing? I'm from a Quaker background and I feel it influences so much of my (and my family's) thinking but it's hard to articulate because the past two generations have been non-religious and haven't framed it that way. But their tolerance and non-violence definitely feels Quaker to the core. It's ok if you don't feel like sharing, I just don't come across many Quaker-identified ppl and you've made me think..

oh my god. So this is the ask of my dreams and I’m gonna get WAY in depth here because I have a lot of feelings.

first and foremost, I have to rec from winter, a boundless spring by @notcaycepollard because it features quaker!Bucky who is soft and gorgeous (just like the fic). Also, Vanessa is a member of Quaker Club along with me and @yawpkatsi and now you if you want to be!! Join us, we are small in numbers and (thanks to me and lisa) high in kinks. 

Second, I’m used to people not knowing what being a Quaker is all about, so I’m going to just provide a teeny bit of info. The Quaker religion, like many religions, is different everywhere you go. I grew up in the old, Philadelphian Quaker church. Rumor has it that the Californian Quakers even have guns. Quakers believe in non-violence and passivity to the point where it can actually be harmful. My mother used to tell me to ‘turn the other cheek’. I am just recently unlearning that but I still to this day have a problem watching/ being exposed to lots of violence (the marvel movies are about as hardcore as I can get). Quakers also never posses or own weapons of any kind, even child’s toys. As a child I was not allowed to even play with a water gun. 

So let’s bring post-WS Bucky into this. 

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All day all I’ve seen on my feed is comparing abortion and gun deaths…saw something about fat people but dear god, it’s America I’m not surprised people die of fat related illnesses there so no reason to actually add it.

So there are more abortion in America than gun death apparently or something like that and I have to say, why ye stupid? Why compare to two? This is the catholic Muslim bullshit all over. Yes one will always be worse than the other and people will still do both, please stop.

Want to solve abortion then educate kids on safe sex and don’t tell them that sex is bad and wear a condom cause though bad sex is sad, it won’t stop humans from doing it and lots of people won’t wear condoms because people are stupid. Educating young minds about the facts will always be a good thing so maybe abortion isn’t the problem, parents and the education system failed people leading to pregnancy that are not want or desire and for some reason leading women to believe the only option is abortion, which before 20 weeks is fine because it’s not really a life and also when miscarriage is most commonly to happen. Do I agree with abortion? No, I’m an Irish person raised Catholic but god gave free will and taking that away is defying god.

Want to solve gun deaths? Harder cause a lot of gun deaths are probably done by people using illegal gun and I’m going to guess a lot of them death are done in poor areas so you don’t have a gun problem there. I don’t know how to help people so don’t know how to solve that problem. Yes, America has more mass shootings then a country of its influence should have but that’s because you have crazy people and maybe better mental health care systems then. Also, educate people on guns cause educating people is always the answer and use facts.

In reality, I don’t care but I had to get this out and to be honest, I don’t know if I’m actually right but eh.

I don’t know where we go from here because those of us who recognize the injustice are not the problem. Law enforcement, militarized and indifferent to black lives, is the problem. Law enforcement that sees black people as criminals rather than human beings with full and deserving lives is the problem. A justice system that rarely prosecutes or convicts police officers who kill innocent people in the line of duty is the problem. That this happens so often that resignation or apathy are reasonable responses is the problem.

It’s overwhelming to see what we are up against, to live in a world where too many people have their fingers on the triggers of guns aimed directly at black people. I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t know how to allow myself to feel grief and outrage while also thinking about change. I don’t know how to believe change is possible when there is so much evidence to the contrary. I don’t know how to feel that my life matters when there is so much evidence to the contrary.

The video that truly haunts me is from a news conference with Quinyetta McMillon, the mother of Alton Sterling’s oldest child, a 15-year-old boy, who sobbed and cried out for his father as his mother read her statement. The grief and the magnitude of loss I heard in that boy’s crying reminds me that we cannot indulge in the luxuries of apathy and resignation.

If the video of his father’s death feels too familiar, the video of this child’s raw and enormous grief must not. We have to bear witness and resist numbness and help the children of the black people who lose their lives to police brutality shoulder their unnatural burden.

Mass murders are not something that should be ignored. But the real problem with humanity lies not in the tools we use for evil, but in the evil itself. Orlando had 50+ deaths in a matter of moments. But there are people throughout history who singlehandedly, over time, killed that many and more with different tools. The same tool that can build a home, put a meal on the table, hold your pants up, or keep a lawn green, can be used to kill another human being in one fashion or another. I’ve noticed people are very fond of focusing on the easiest thing to blame rather than looking at the reality of our world. Sometimes evil lives next door or down the street or in your own home. Evil does not care with which tools it uses to suit its purpose, and when it makes a choice there is other evil that will aid it in its efforts. Only God can rid the world of sin. We in our pride as mankind feel that, somehow, we can do this on our own. Whether it be a gun ban, a knife ban, or any other kind of restriction on tools that have been historically used for both their intended use and murder. Yet, everything that has had limits placed upon it time and time again has still been of use in murders long after the fact. People find a way. The real problem, where the focus should truly lie, is in what best way we can protect the innocent from those who can, and would do them harm, and as lawless creatures of evil still find their ways to items they have not been allowed. The best way to protect the innocent, is to ensure they have some sort of balance when an evildoer comes their way. Just as we as Christians are to arm ourselves with the word of God to protect us from the temptations of sin, so should we arm ourselves to protect us from sin done against us, and sin done against others.

I know I’m a pretty terrible Christian. I cuss, I drink, I smoke. But I fully and wholeheartedly believe in what the Bible says. I understand the history of the old testament, and the guidance it was meant to provide. I also understand the changes that came about with Yeshua’s birth.

And I know from what reading I have done that vengeance is not a Christian act, but self defense is condoned more than once or twice in the Biblical context.

The world does not have a gun problem. It has a power problem. It has a control problem. It has a hate problem. It has a sin problem. And there is nothing we can do to rid the world of evil on our own.

But we can ensure that people have the freedom to choose how they feel they can best protect their lives, livelihood, and property. There is no moral high ground to laying belly up. There is no moral high ground to letting evildoers have their way, just because it gives us a warm fuzzy while we turn a blind eye to reality.

Guns are tools. A tool has no life, no meaning, no purpose, until a human hand takes hold of it and makes a choice. Tools are not the problem. Sin is the problem.

I like advocating for gun rights. I like guns. I also like reasonable controls (key word there being reasonable) placed upon their sale & distribution. I do honestly believe that certain kinds of weapons have no legitimate purpose in civilian or police hands, I even think that certain kinds of weapons have no legitimate purpose in military hands.

The problem is that, because I do not secretly wish to murder dozens of people under a flimsy ‘stand your ground’ defense, I’m immediately at odds with 99% of the gun activists that infect this country like a shitty, poisonous mold.

anonymous asked:

Can you explain why banning single shot hunting, target rifles and hunting shotguns is going to stop gun violence when according to FBI statistics such firearms account for less than 1% of violent crime, with almost all criminals preferring handguns or assault weapons? I mean I believe in gun control and gun regulation but saying that all guns should be banned and no Americans should own any seems almost as extreme as people saying that everyone should own a gun of any type without restriction.

Realistically, I believe in regulation like yourself. In my own world I would ban all guns, but it is silly to believe that will ever happen. As of now it is easier to get a gun in America then it is to drive a car (legally). That is what I have a problem with. 

Also You can come off anon if you want to. I’m gonna argue. I mostly just make these posts to count the amount of rednecks that reblog it. A social experiment of sorts. So far your uncle dave’s response is my favorite. He must live in a scary world. 

Moderator: “In the wake of the San Bernadino attack, you all emphasized gun control. But our latest poll showed more Americans believe arming people, not stricter gun laws, is the best defense against terrorism. Are they wrong?”

Hillary Clinton: “I think you have to look at both the terrorism challenge we face abroad and certainly at home, and the roll that guns play in delivering the violence that stalks us. […] Guns, in and of themselves, in my opinion, will not make Americans safer. We lost 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. Arming more people…I think is not the appropriate response to terrorism. I think what is is creating much deeper, closer relations and coalitions within our own country. The first line of defense against radicalization is in the Muslim American community, people who we should we welcoming and working with. I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here in the United States and literally around the world that there is a clash of civilizations, that there is some kind of Western plot or even war against Islam, which then, I believe, fans the flames of radicalization. So, guns have to be looked at as its own problem and we also have to figure out how to deal with radicalization here in the United States.”