The Second Amendment is the lever for mass genocide in America. Every day Americans witness another mass killing or wanton murder. Road rage shootings. Family violence. Workplace shootouts. Shootouts in churches, parking lots, malls, grocery stores, Walmart’s, and on every highway and byway in America. Twelve-year-old children taking guns to schools to kill as many people as they can. Husbands killing entire families in a rampage. Employees terminated coming back to assassinate former co-workers and their ex-bosses. And throughout ever one of these berserk episodes of violence, the same old tired excuses are made:
- We need more mental health training
- We need more guns to protect the innocent from the maniacs
- We need better ways to screen people before they can purchase a gun
- Guns don’t kill people, people do
- When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns
- We can never stop gun violence
- We are so sorry for your loss and we offer our prayers for the survivors
There is not a nicer or more politic way to call the state of gun violence in America for what it really is. It is predictable state sponsored genocide supported by bullshit excuses made by cowards and sycophants who pander to the maniacs who are too afraid to go to sleep at night without a gun under their pillow.
Cops add to the death toll because they know that any person walking on the street might be armed and dangerous. Once upon a time, cops asked questions and shot later. Today, the fear and paranoia of society drives police departments as well. Cops now shoot first and never ask questions. In one sense, it is hard to blame them when everyone in the good old USA is probably better armed then they are.
There are those on the left and right who will defend gun ownership. Asshole judges strike down laws that communities try to establish to protect themselves from gun violence. These same assholes live in gated upper-class communities and remain far removed from the violence that they create with their legal shenanigans.
In the first paragraph of his 94-page opinion, Judge Benitez lays out the heart of his reasoning colloquially: “The popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle, the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller…and United States v Miller….” — From “Reason” by Brian Doherty
This logic is simply bizarre. It is almost beyond comprehension. A rifle based on a cartridge designed during the Vietnam War is now touted as a “perfect” defense weapon. It sounds like every home should buy one. Americans live in a country where there is no protection from crime according to the NRA and gun manufacturers. The NRA kisses the asses of manufacturers to grab more and more power as they perform like Pied Pipers for their members. “Come along, buy a gun, protect your rights, protect your family and children. Don’t let the criminals make a victim of you.” The NRA is a monster that has metastasized on the fears of Americans. Politicians court the money and votes of NRA members to get re-elected knowing fear is a great motivator. To paraphrase a comment made by the Nazi Hermann Goering:
“The people can always be convinced to buy more and more guns. It is easy. All you have to do is tell the average person that they may be victimized by criminals and denounce the gun control people for lack of patriotism.”
“The more guns we have the safer we will all be,” scream the gun fanatics. I have neighbors walking around in their yards with guns strapped on their hips. I often see shoppers in some stores sporting revolvers and automatics on their belts. Walmart’s has asked that shoppers do not open carry guns. Do you know why? It is because people get nervous when they see these idiots walking around with pistols on their belts. I worry more about being shot by one of these jerks than I do by some armed robber. In the event of a store robbery, I suspect I might be more likely to be shot by the so called “good guy with a gun.”
We can have countless and fruitless arguments over what and why the Founding Fathers included the 2nd Amendment. We will never know, and it really does not matter. We are not living in 1789. What I do know is that a six-year-old child named Aiden was riding in a car seat with his mom who was driving him to kindergarten. Suddenly Aiden exclaimed, “Mommy, my tommy hurts.” Aiden Leos died before they could get him to a hospital. He died when two assholes with guns decided to shoot at his car because of some perceived violation of their road rights. The two assholes decided that their second amendment rights trumped the rights of Aiden and his family.
I am sick and tired of reading about these instances of insanity. I am increasingly worried that one of these bizarre situations will befall someone I love or even my wife and me. They are occurring with more and more frequency and more and more randomness. No one is safe. Carrying a gun on you does not make you safe. Having a concealed carry permit does not make you safe. Being a nice person and an honest citizen does not make you safe. We are being victimized by lovers of the Second Amendment. Our next-door neighbors who think that by arming themselves and everyone around them, we will all be safer. Was anyone really ever stupid enough to belief this. How much more evidence is needed to contradict any such assumptions. What will it take for these morons who distort the Second Amendment to realize the dangers that they have brought to our country?
I admit that I have always liked guns, knives, rifles, and assorted military hardware. However, I like them in their place. Rifles for hunting when hunting is a sport and not a crap shoot like so much of it is today. Baiting bears with donuts and then shooting them from a tree perch does not seem very sporting to me. I like target shooting. I enjoy shooting some black powder pistols that I own. A friend gave me an old revolutionary style musket which is fun to shoot. I do not shoot at squirrels or birds or rabbits. I use it for target practice. I am not against hunting deer, elk, and other animals for food. Many people in rural areas depend on game animals to supplement their diets in lieu of costly meats at a grocery store.
The problem with guns comes when we ignore the unintended consequences of gun ownership. When we create a climate where every idiot and moron in the country is carrying a gun. Who are these idiots and morons you may well ask? They are you and me and my friends and friends of my friends. They are everyone who might get stressed out someday and lose their common sense. They are people who become depressed and give up on life. They are people who become so angry with perceived injustices that they want to strike out at anyone for revenge. They are everyone and anyone. They are the man or woman or child that is walking down the street. They are your mother, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, or best friend. They are the quiet guy who lives down the block. They are the helpful next-door neighbor. They are the quiet student who sits in the back of the class. They are the military recruit who somehow loses it and goes on a shooting rampage.
I don’t know who might kill you. I don’t know when they might kill you. I don’t know why they might kill you. Best odds are that it will be totally random, and you will never see it coming. You will never know when it will happen. The statistics show that you have a 75 percent chance that if you are murdered it will be by a gun and not by poison or a knife. (Number of homicide victims, by method used to commit the homicide)
The USA has become a warped and bastardized version of the “Old West.” Gun advocates like to portray themselves as upholders of the “Code of the West.” In their mystic interpretation of events, people walked around with guns wherever they went. Supposedly this was because of the lack of “law and order.” In reality,
- Most western towns had ordinances prohibiting carrying of guns in town.
- There were few old-fashioned gun fights in a front facing mano a mano style.
- Cowboys on the range did not wear their guns all day long but kept them in the chuck wagon.
- The “old west of the cowboys and cattle drives” lasted less than fifty years.
- Towns established police departments and law and order rules as quickly as they were able to as many of the new territories soon became states.
How then have we gone from sanity to insanity? From being able to walk down a street or go to work or school and not worry about some nut case coming in and killing us? When did America go from being a country with “Law and Order” to a country where everyone needs to carry a gun to protect themselves? How have we let the politicians, NRA and gun manufacturers convince everyone that it is not safe to walk outside without a concealed carry permit and a Glock or Smith & Wesson hidden someplace beneath our bullet proof vest?
The answer is simple. Eliminate fear. Eliminate open and concealed carry laws. Guns are for home protection and hunting. We have created a country where there is no place to be safe anymore. Everyone has the potential to be the next killer, or the next asshole gone crazy. No amount of mental health training is going to stop the mad rampage of gun deaths in America. The only thing that will stop this is when people realize the obvious. Guns are not making us safer; they are killing us.