Almost two years ago, after Representative Giffords was shot, I wrote an article about the reactions by the “gun rights” advocates. Their solution always seems to be “more guns.” Since then, we’ve seen more mass shootings, including 7 this year. Every time, the gun rights advocates pull out the “if only” card, and try to use that to block sensible discussion about guns, gun control, and reducing gun violence. Yesterday, we had the 7′th shooting incident, a horrific one that cost the lives of twenty young children in an elementary school. Today, we have the “gun rights” idiots in full voice with their solution… more guns. They have a fantasy, you see.
Almost two years ago, I said this:
Obviously, the solution to a gunman in a crowded area is to allow everyone to carry guns, so that one of them could stop the shooter. The reality? All that would have done is increase the body count. The idea that someone is going to be able to calmly pull out their own gun, correctly identify the shooter, and take them down while people are running around, screaming, and the shooter is still shooting is pure Hollywood. It doesn’t happen. Ever see the reports (and videos) from police shoot-outs? I guarantee you every police officer has been trained extensively in using their weapons. They are required to be. They’re good shots. But you know what? In a real life situation, a lot of bullets get used, and only a few actually hit their intended target.
So the reality is that anyone in one of those situations – who is not trained in dealing with them in the first place – is going to whip out their gun, and pump a lot of rounds at random in what they hope will be the general direction of the shooter. Thus upping the body count. That’s always assuming they manage to get their gun out, or don’t shoot themselves in the process.
It also holds true for the “stand your ground” idiots. We’ve already had a series of incidents, of which the Trayvon Martin case is the most famous, where people used their guns because they “felt threatened” and ended up killing someone they shouldn’t have. The reason these people were carrying guns in the first place is because they were told they should be afraid.
What the NRA – and groups following them – have been doing is playing with a misperception of risk, building a fear that makes people think they need to have guns around “to be safe.”
Misperception of risk is where you magnify a potential risk far and beyond the actual likelihood. It’s interesting to look at the areas proposing some of the most liberal gun laws, as a means of “preventing crime,” because when you do, the actual crime rates has been dropping in those areas. In other words, the fear of crime increases as actual crime decreases.
That’s besides the reality that trying to pull a gun on someone who has a gun on you just gets you shot. It also doubles your risk of getting shot or shooting someone – at home. Where you’re “safe.” If you think you’re “not safe” when you’re going to work, church, school, or a bar, then you really need to either reevaluate where you’re going, or get help. Because having a gun isn’t making you “safer,” it’s making things more dangerous. If not for you, it does for everyone around you.
I grew up around guns, I’ve owned them, and I’ve used them both professionally and for personal activities. But I (and the people I grew up with) always knew that they were dangerous, they were tools, and they had one purpose: To kill something. I don’t carry a hammer around with me at all times because I might need to put a nail in something, I carry it when I need to nail something together. The same is true when it comes to a gun. Yes, I’ll carry one when I’m going hunting, target shooting, or it’s “part of the job.” Otherwise? No.
With a right comes a responsibility. That is what the gun rights advocates avoid like the plague. They want the right, but not any responsibility. We need to start changing that, and it’s long overdue. Let’s be realistic. You don’t “need” multiple handguns, and most definitely you don’t “need” extended clips. Assault rifles are admirable military weapons, they’re crappy hunting weapons. The answer to gun violence is not more guns, it’s fewer guns and more responsibility! The first step is to drop the stupid fantasy the gun nuts are pushing. The real world is not an action or western movie, and none of us are the heroes in those. Movies are fiction, and portray a fantasy.
Yesterday was a reminder once again that this country has a gun problem. I’m heartbroken, and even more, I’m sick and tired of it. I’d really like to never see another one, and I’d really like to never have to write another post like this. We need to start taking action, and keep pushing our legislators around the country until they get the message. The first line in the Second Amendment says “A well-regulated militia.” It’s time to start regulating.