Well, you know we’re coming out of coronavirus quarantine when the mass shootings start up, and here we are. I think there were at least two this week, possibly three. Now everyone (including myself) is bitching to the other side that we either do something (anything) or that we do nothing at all.
I really wish the people who say we shouldn’t do anything would just admit that they don’t give one shit about mass shootings. Because they don’t. I will absolutely die on this hill. When 20 six- and seven-year-old kids are shot up at a pre-school and you think the only solution is not only not to do fuck all about it but make it easier to get guns, then you only care about your guns. That’s it.
I’m a gun owner. I support people owning guns. I’m a-okay with law-abiding folks having weapons. What I don’t understand are these people out here shitting their pants over the slightest whisper of gun control. I’m honestly surprised these paranoid hillbillies can even leave their house, what with all of the worrying they do. I’m tired of the lame ass arguments that they come with, too.
“Only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns.”
God, fuck off with this. What about Columbine? The armed guard left. Parkland? The police officer hid. There have been multiple school shootings where there were armed guards and…yeah.
“If you ban guns, only bad guys will have them.”
God, fuck off with this. Guns will never be banned. Ever. Only the extreme left wants them banned. And the extreme left is just as bad as the pinheads making the arguments above. Grenade launchers are banned. M16s are banned. I wonder why we never see shootings with those? Oh, that’s because they’re hard to get.
And that’s my point, I’m not looking for a gun ban. Just common sense shit. Like:
1. Federal laws on guns. Enough with this state by state bullshit. It’s been proven time and again that state laws are only as good as the next state over. Look at Chicago, IIRC, 20% of weapons recovered from shootings came from Indiana. Why? Because Indiana’s laws are more lax than Illinois’.
2. Close the gun show loopholes. Every time I say this, some dipshit argues with me about it. “There’s no such thing as gun show loopholes.” Jesus Christ, yes, there is. In my state, I can’t buy another gun because I now have a medicinal marijuana card. Well, can’t buy it from the store. I can buy one from a gun show in my state though. That’s a loophole. And defending it with semantics doesn’t make it not one.
3. Mental heath checks. This is a bit trickier. But we need something. Medicare for all might help. But a lot of these folks killing people have serious mental issues (obviously) and America doesn’t make it easy to help them. I will freely admit guns aren’t pulling their own triggers, but if we made it so people with problems can get help as well as complementing that with making it tougher to buy guns willy nilly, it would have a positive effect.
4. Hold gun owners more accountable. Okay, so one argument you often hear from gun owners is they don’t want to store their weapon in a secure location (like a safe, or even getting a trigger guard) because they don’t want to be in a position where they can’t get to it when/if the bad guy comes. Okay, fine. But they should be held completely responsible if their gun is used to kill someone. Kid gets it and shoots his little brother? Fuck you, gun owner; accessory to murder. Someone breaks in and steals it and uses it in a murder? Fuck you, gun owner; accessory to murder. (If the safe was stolen, and the gun was in the safe, no charges.) Gun in your purse and your kid takes it out kills you like that lady in Walmart? Fuck you, gun owner; I’m laughing at you.
5. Fuck private sales. Private sales and strawman sales are a problem. For private sales, it should be a mandatory background check of the person buying. If someone sells a gun without one, or someone buys a gun used in a crime, those folks get charged the full crime that was committed.
None of this shit will help right away. Hell, it would take years and years for it to change. But doing nothing? That’s a non-starter. There are a LOT of things you can do to try to change this weird gun fetish America has. I like Biden’s start of trying to ban ghost guns. That’s a good start.
At the end of the day, though, this is just venting because nothing’s going to change.