So this is my first post and, of course, I’m tackling a controversial issue. (aren’t they all anymore?) My fury about guns started a few days ago when a friend was talking about her brother’s shooting competition. This is a family of gun-owners, so much so that my vegan friend believes in hunting.
Now, her defense of gun falls under the “we need them for protection” category. Ok, fine; but honestly, if there were no guns to be had we wouldn’t need them for protection. England doesn’t allow guns and they seem to be doing just fine. Idealism, you say? Maybe, but isn’t that what we should strive for? If posed the question, ‘would you rather have weapons as we currently do or all weapons be disappeared from the planet’ if your answer is not ‘of course we shouldn’t have any weapons at all’ you have a violent side to you. People who wish for a peaceful, healthy world are often called hippies when really they should be seen as people with the right idea. Why wouldn’t we want this kind of world?
Here’s the other bullet-point from the debate (pun intended!): Is a gun safer than a knife or simple hand-to-hand combat? My friend says hell yes! I think this is ridiculous. A knife cannot stab you from across the street. A fist cannot penetrate your insides and give you lead poisoning. My friend’s boyfriend played devil’s advocate with a simple thought: There’s no such thing as a drive-by punching.
That’s the thing. A gun can kill you immediately, without notice, without a chance at defending yourself. I’m not saying a knife can’t have that same problem; but let’s be real here. A gun’s only purpose in its production is to harm something. Protection is basically arbitrary until you get into a game of chicken with someone else who’s packing. More people who keep handguns in their homes for protection are killed by firearms than those who aren’t. And I certainly do not feel safe to know that John Q. Public is allowed to carry a concealed weapon at the grocery store simply because he got certified to do so.
And before I hear someone shout out “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, let me prove your point. ANYBODY can get their hands on a gun! Any nutcase can walk into a gun show and take home that day. No Brady Bill here! I would prefer my nutcases to only have access to small unwieldy weapons that cause far less damage.
So, yeah, I hate guns. And even if you think guns do serve a purpose, ultimately you should hate guns too.