Yet again, we are dealing with the aftermath of a mass shooting. The fear, the anger, the outrage and, of course, the prayers and thoughts. The 24/7 news cycle is there to update us on every detail. We see the pictures of the victims and hear their names. We all feel horrible. And we’ve had enough.
Eric March, of Upworthy, has penned a missive that channels all the outrage and fear we feel. It’s an emotional outpouring of grief and anger. It’s a must-read:
I’m sick and tired of watching helplessly as innocent people are gunned down nearly every. single. day. for no reason at all… I’m sick and tired of being told not to make this political. The only people who benefit from ‘not making this political’ are those who don’t want anything to change.
Those people — the same ones who offer their “thoughts and prayers,” have it within their power to do something about this problem. But they don’t. They hem and haw and take money from the NRA and gun manufacturers. They say that it’s a Second Amendment issue; we can’t keep Americans from having guns. “It’s our right,” they say. They always explain away or ignore one inconvenient phrase in that Amendment — “A well-regulated militia…” They say that only applies to the military, that a militia means a standing army. Bullshit. It means now what it did then; a citizen army. Citizen. You know, everyday folks. Regulated. It’s simple English.
“But,” the ammosexuals say, “laws won’t make any difference.” Horse manure. And March agrees:
I’m sick and tired of hearing that stricter gun laws won’t make a difference. After a mass shooting in 1996, Australia banned most private gun sales, bought back hundreds of thousands of firearms, and severely restricted who was legally allowed to own them. Guess what? It hasn’t had a mass shooting since.
You don’t have to be an MIT scholar to understand that. Fewer guns = fewer gun deaths.
It is, as the kids say, a no-brainer.
Maybe no brains is our problem. The subject of guns seems to flip a switch in the brains of some people, turning them into tin-foil hatted, foaming-at-the-mouth, full-fledged conspiracy theorists. “They want to ban guns!” No. We don’t. We want to regulate gun sales, require background checks and keep some people — like, oh, I dunno… terrorists — from being able to buy them. We can’t ban guns in this country, but we can keep track of them. We can stop crazy people and terrorist suspects from being able to waltz into Wal-Mart and buy one. We can and we should.
Frankly, a lot of ammosexuals are delusional. They think that they can 1) stop a shooting by having a gun and/or 2) hold off the entire American military with their cache. March addresses that, too:
I don’t need a ‘good guy with a gun.’ I need the bad guy with a gun to never have a gun in the first place. Or, if that’s too much of a bother, I need the police. The police are far from perfect — and frankly, need to take a good long look at how often, and against whom, they use their own guns — but in a mass shooter situation? Give me a trained, professional police officer over a rando [sic] with a chip on his shoulder and a delusional ‘Die Hard’ fantasy any day of the week.
Plenty of good guys have been on the scene of shootings. What do you think those cops in Colorado Springs were carrying; marshmallows? No, they were fully armed and still couldn’t prevent three deaths. The 14 people killed at Fort Hood were surrounded by weapons. Didn’t help. One guy in Tucson (remember that one?) had a gun and, thankfully, didn’t shoot it at the guy who had just wrestled the gun away from the real shooter. Good guys with guns don’t help. This is not an action movie, this is real life. And death.
Eric March has spilled his fear and fury out and allowed us to read the result. It sure made me feel a little better to know that someone was as heartsick and tired as me. I think we all need that right now.
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