More senseless gun violence today.
Look, I love The Constitution and the rights it protects. We Americans are a lucky bunch. But when the second amendment was added, it was a different time, with much different guns. A lot of things have changed since the 1780s. We don’t own slaves, we don’t crop people’s ears and brand them as punishment, and it’s not against the law to have children out of wedlock. (If only they had The Pill. Oh, wait, aren’t we still arguing about that?)
Despite these advances in humanity, sometimes I feel as though the U.S. is One. Hot. Mess. Mass incarceration, out-of-control drug problem, continued fighting over women’s rights, and more deaths by guns than any other country. In 2011 alone, nearly 33,000 people died from gun-related violence. And it’s not like gun violence can’t be successfully controlled. Other countries are proving it. We’re so worried about foreign terrorists, but we’re doing the job just fine, thank you very much.
Yes, some people are mentally ill. They’re not going anywhere. They’re getting guns legally. I agree that mental illness is a big component, so how’s that going to get fixed? How can we determine who and when someone who may or may not be mentally unstable acquire a gun and kill people? How will this be prevented? And on a mass scale? You see the interviews when the family member or neighbor says, “He seemed so normal. I can’t imagine what would have made him snap.” What about those wild cards? But let’s be clear, mental illness is only a component to some gun-related deaths.
Advocates turn around and say, well, the teachers should have guns! Movie theater attendants should have guns! Politicians should have guns! Monkeys in the zoos should have guns! This is their mentality. Billy over at Guns!Guns!Guns! just sells to a shifty-looking character then says psst . . . that guy just bought a gun. You’re gonna want some protection.” A Harvard study on gun violence found that “there is no evidence that having more guns reduces crime. None at all.”
We’re not living in a comic book world (but my superpower would totally be a flying omnilinguilist) with the hopes that the good guys prevail. Let’s reinstate the ban on assault weapons that expired 11 years ago. Let’s keep citizens and hunters alike from buying assault weapons. (What reason is there to have one other than to obliterate as many people as possible at one time?) Finally, buying a gun should be ten times harder than getting a driver’s license and should require longer waits than a week’s worth of trips to the DMV.
And we all get to live. All without touching the friggin’ right to bear arms; no one’s taking that away. For some (humorous) common sense on the issue . . .