Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fun with guns

Guns are not, for me, a hot button political issue. Sure, like any sensible person I think we should have a fair deal of restrictive laws about them. We should try to keep them out of the hands of people who kill. You know, people like playing children, criminals, psychopaths, police, and soldiers. And I think the power of a gun matters too. For instance, if there was a gun so powerful it could destroy all life on earth with a single shot, I don't think anyone should be able to buy that gun without a background check. Although, come to think of it, if someone came after me or my family with a gun like that I'd want an equally powerful gun to fight back with.

But despite it not being a big issue for me, I find that like much in my country, the delusional hysteria on the "Right" side of the issue can sort of leap out at you sometimes. And so it is with guns. Lately I keep walking by a car with a bumper sticker that reads:

"What gun law ever reduced the crime rate?"

It's hard for me not to stick a post it note on that bumper that says:

"Pretty much all the gun laws in the major countries that aren't America and have gun laws."

But stating what is obvious in my country tends to just lead to ridiculous arguments. So I like this response better:

"Yeah! And show me one place where Democracy ever allowed a person to vote."

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