Gun Control Galore
We need stricter gun control in the United States. European countries, Australia, Japan, and South Korea all have less problems with gun deaths, primarily because they have less guns. I am going to deconstruct all of the arguments raised by the NRA, and quite easily as well.
- Guns don’t kill people, people kill people: I’m aware that guns are inanimate objects. I’m also aware that guns are designed specifically to kill. Cars can kill, but they’re designed for transportation. Hammers can kill, but they’re designed for construction. Guns are tools designed with a single purpose, to take life.
- You cannot infringe on 2nd amendment rights: on the contrary, there is already great infringement on the right to bear arms. Surface to air missiles are illegal, as are howitzers, mortars, recoilless rifles, Gatling guns, and a whole host of other arms including anything chemical and biological. People like myself would never say that Americans should not have the right to have a pistol for self defense, or a three shot hunting rifle, but we draw the line where assault weapons are concerned, as they are designed specifically to kill human beings. Also, regarding constitutional amendments in general, we have freedom of speech (amendment #1), and yet blackmail is illegal. If I were to follow Tom Cruise to a bar, photograph him making out with a man, and then post the picture on the Internet, that would be legal. If I were to follow him to a bar, photograph him making out with a man, and then ask him (the optimum word being ‘ask’ i.e. speech) to buy my silence or else I’d post the photo online, that would be illegal.
- But if you make it illegal for responsible people to have certain weapons, only criminals will have them: criminals also use explosives, are you arguing that explosives should be legal?
- The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun: yes, but if you can stop him from acquiring the gun in the first place, it certainly helps mitigate the wanton destruction of a bad man.
- Bad people are going to do what they do regardless of whether they have a gun or not: yes but if someone goes to a school with a knife, he ends up stabbing 2 or 3 people. If he comes to school with a gun he shoots 20 or 30. Guns don’t make people bad, but they facilitate bad acts.
- Movies, video games, goth culture, and rap music are to blame: Japanese and South Koreans play more video games than we do, yet they have extremely low instances of gun deaths. Germany has hardcore rock music, and France has lots of violent rap lyrics, yet none of these places suffer from gun violence like the United States. In 1924, two teenagers in Chicago inspired by the work of Friedrich Nietzsche murdered a young boy to prove themselves ubermenschen. Should we therefore ban Nietzsche? Every time a boy murders his father, should I blame Dostoevsky? Every time a man commits infanticide, should I blame the New Testament? The Bible has spurred more heinous acts than any video game.
- There’s nothing to be done, we’ve a violent culture, unlike Japan and South Korea: yes I agree, we’ve a violent culture (Anglo-Saxons were barbarians after all), and yet you want to allow us, these exceptionally violent people, to have assault weapons? Think logically before you vomit all over me.
- Places with more gun ownership are safer, cities such as Washington D.C., with lots of rules and regulations regarding firearms, are less safe: yes but Washington D.C. borders Virginia, whose gun laws resemble Afghanistan and Somalia. You want to compare guns and death in the US, the only fair comparison is between geographically isolated places. Hawaii has severe restrictions on guns, and low gun deaths. Alaska has few restrictions on guns, and many gun deaths.
In the end, the NRA is a product of the military industrial complex. Who makes guns and bullets, who makes money from the fabrication of said arms? Supporting the NRA is supporting the same people who brought you the Iraq War; an M16 is an M16 regardless of whatever “civilian variant” sticker they put on it.