This is what I'm going to say about this and this is all I'm going to say. We have a lot of firearms in the USA. We always have had. For a few, hunting for food or furs or hides and protection from wild animals makes them necessary. For many, protecting the hen house, the livestock, the crops, might require a firearm. For some a firearm is something you shoot at paper targets or clay pigeons with at the country club. For others, it puts meat on the table and for some, they can be relics of history prized for craftsmanship or beauty or historical value. For many, living in a violent and dangerous area, people who have to transport valuables, people who are a target for criminals for many reasons; having a gun is peace of mind. For such people, being associated with psychotics and terrorists and hit-men and bandits and deranged murderers is offensive and worthy of scornful denunciation. And don't we hear a lot of it?
have a lot of people in this country who cannot conceive that any of
the above will own one for any justifiable reason or that firearms exist
other reason but to kill someone, and so these horrifying and otherwise
useless pieces of metal must be made to disappear and right now and at
all cost. If you don't agree with that, words will be placed in your
mouth that prove how deranged you are so don't even try to explain. Many
of those people, and they are in the minority, refuse to
discuss what needs to be done to protect us all from crime and the
grotesque results of a madman with a gun or a bomb unless and only
unless there's a prior agreement to reduce or eliminate or severely curtail the right to own
one. For them it's guns and guns alone that explain the needless death
of innocents and the notion that the murderer is more guilty than his
weapon is offensive and well worthy of scorn and mockery. It's all about
guns, guns, guns and guns alone and don't we hear a lot about it?
to American fear, American extremism and American intransigence.
Neither side will talk to the other with the intent to understand, just
as with so many things America concerns itself with. Neither side will
brook any discussion of the complexity of human behavior and motivation,
the cost of reducing risk, the efficacy of anything that has already been tried
or proposed, the "other side" certainly being so far into a delusional
state or simply so committed to brutality and mayhem that there is no
middle ground between "we must trust the people" and "it's too dangerous
ever to trust the people" and no point to looking for it.
will never be discussed is the very reason discussion is futile. That reason is us. What
we don't want to talk about and what we cover up and distract from with
epithets like Libtard or gun nut, with shibboleths like the NRA or the
Brady Bunch or the Gungrabbers or the Gun Culture or even made up discussions is that it just may be
that the enemy is not some piece of metal and explosive, some nefarious
group of bogeymen, but something to do with who and what we Americans are and why
we seem to be different, so angry, so afraid, so filled with self pity
and lack of compassion. It just may have something to do with the
reason Switzerland with a widespread love of shooting and hunting;
Switzerland where there are 46 guns per hundred residents has virtually
no gun crime, nobody shooting up the schools and movie theaters -- and
the US with about twice as many has vastly more than twice as much. What causes that difference is something we need to talk about. Without doing that, all we will hear
are rationalizations of prejudice and peremptory proclamations of
belief -- but that's up to you the people, because I'm too disgusted
to give a damn any more.