We Have a Problem Here

‘This hatred has no place in America.’
‘This isn’t what America is about.’

These types of sentiments are on full display in the aftermath of the Pulse shooting. They sound nice, like we’re a country of love and acceptance and hope which will block out the hatred and violence of these lives lost. They’re also bullshit. This is what America is about these days. We are a violent country where you can get gunned down going to a bar, political rally, movie, your work, or at school. This is a country where you can be deemed too dangerous to get on a plane, but can leave the airport and legally buy a semi-automatic weapon. This is a country where gun rights trump gun victims.

If we weren’t this violent of a place, the response to this carnage would be getting some sort of sensible laws in place. We’d try something, hell at this point we’d try ANYTHING. Instead, all too often, you hear a response of more violence. ‘Well, if the guys in the club had been armed….’ The answer might be many things, but adding one gun per every ten people would not have done anything. Take a crowded, dark club filled with people drinking and adding 35 weapons would not have helped. We can’t tackle violence with allowing for more violence. America owns a shitload of guns – if guns made us safe, we’d be safe already.

If we want to become a country where this doesn’t happen, I’m all for that. However, we have to do something to get there. Maybe it’s because there were so many victims, maybe because the gay community has dealt with so much marginalization over the years that they don’t need this shit too, maybe because this was just one mass shooting too many, but I’m done. I’m done offering my hopes and prayers. I don’t have any left. I think I had just so many allotted to me for the victims of mass shootings, and I ran out after the last one. What I do have, and seem to have in spades, is my anger and outrage. That, I offer willingly. I am pissed; pissed that this happened, pissed that we can’t even talk about ending gun violence without being accused of being anti-American. If keeping mass shootings from happening is anti-American, then I guess I guilty as charged. But I love Americans too much to want this America. We must be better, and to do that we have to be willing to admit that we could be. It’s time to face this problem, not hide our collective heads in the sand and hope that our asses don’t get shot out from under us.

We are America and we have a gun problem.

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3 thoughts on “We Have a Problem Here

  1. im not going to call you any names, but the reason people say “un-american” when they talk about left-ish sentiments is that the left doesnt seem to care about the second amendment at all.

    violence isnt something thats happening from tools of violence being legal (or un-regulated.) when these tragedies happen, the left invariable calls out for more bans. you could really ban all weapons (including pointed sticks) and it wouldnt stop hate or violence. even recent history has terrible examples of large-scale violence without guns.

    so there are two problems with trying to get closer and closer to a gun ban. one, even if its complete it simply wont accomplish the goal that is the only reason youre proposing it. which really matters when you get to the second part:

    because every time we reduce rights that are in the constitution, we get closer to the situation that we were in when the states refused to ratify it. to the left, this sounds like crazy talk– “people are dying! dont you care?” more than you realize. but even if the right went on vacation for 20 years and left you alone to your political machinations (no offense,) they would come back and find you hadnt fixed it– only damaged the constitution further.

    im not some tv-worshipping bumpkin raised on shootin’ and killin’ and “kickin’ ass.” i used to (and still do) care about the constitution, while struggling for a very long time with the 2nd amendment. i wouldnt try to get rid of it. in fact, if you could get rid of it, i think you would find that (illegal) gun sales and gun violence would go up, quickly, at an unprecedented rate. people would be hysterical. anything youre proposing short of that is probably just semantics and giving everyday things more menacing names. im sorry, that wont change the world at all. do let me know if you have a different idea, and what you think it will change.

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    • Banning high round magazines, creating better background checks and a national database so someone who is deemed to dangerous to get a gun in one state is ALSO too dangerous to get one in another would be something. We’ve changed the Constitution before – women’s vote, slavery, Prohibition and it’s repeal. The nation has come together and decided what it wanted to look like and how it wanted to act. Look, we own a gun in my house – registered and legal. I’m not saying no one should have one. But when Florida has a waiting period for a handgun but allows you to walk out of a store with an AR-15 in 5 minutes, we have to at least figure out sensible legislation. You can’t be too dangerous to fly and yet safe to buy a weapon. Will people get illegal guns? Yes. But by that logic, we should legalize rape because it may be illegal but people still do it. I really don’t think that people who love their weapons and want a stockpile are un-American. I think the trick is going to be having both sides willing to come together and get SOMETHING done.

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      • “by that logic, we should legalize rape because it may be illegal but people still do it.”

        well no, because the act of murder is still illegal. rape and murder are already illegal acts against someones person, guns are objects.

        ” You can’t be too dangerous to fly and yet safe to buy a weapon.”

        the no-fly list is also a constitutional nightmare, full of false positives and basic human rights being denied. its no basis for determining who is “safe”, anymore than the huac was a basis for determining who can be trusted.

        “I think the trick is going to be having both sides willing to come together and get SOMETHING done.”

        that isnt likely to happen. this is an issue that is going to have more to do with the election than any serious political progress, you must realize that already.

        “when Florida has a waiting period for a handgun but allows you to walk out of a store with an AR-15 in 5 minutes, we have to at least figure out sensible legislation.”

        if thats accurate, it is as absurd as you say. but politicians are not in the sensible legislation business; they are in the pander to lobbyists business and they do fine at that. bernie sanders says that no matter what issues you care about (even this one, imo) you cant create the necessary legislation until you have real, effective election reform. im not voting for him, however i strongly agree. want to improve law? thats going to be step one, every time. we never seem to make it past step one.

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