Tue 17 Apr 07

I’ll keep this brief as I’m pretty sick with disgust at the VA Tech happenings. There is absolutely no argument that you can make to me that the right to carry a gun should be a sacred American institution. None. Don’t tell me that if they students in the school had been packing that they could’ve defended themselves (amid the chaos would you really want a terrified eighteen year old deciding who the bad guy is?) Don’t tell me that the second amendment demands it (at the time our forefathers were mostly dealing with single-shot muzzle loaders). There are just too many stupid psychopaths in the world. So, yes, guns don’t kill people, people kill people, or whatever, but a little gun control would make it a heck of a lot harder to make a rash mortal decision.

5 thoughts on “Tue 17 Apr 07

  1. katohater

    what would things be like if everyone had guns at their hips (like the old west)? would we be safer or would there be more deaths?

    people seem to be clinging to old traditions, and in this day and age, we don’t need guns or, at least, we should be working to get away from that idea. it’s destructive and unnecessary in a peaceful society.

    everyone wants the right to kill people, apparently. (for protection). how about protecting your child from blowing his face off?

  2. Josh Post author

    More deaths. Unless every individual went all Cold War and was too freaked out to start anything with anyone else.

    Yeah, there definitely seems to be a sense of moving toward more social mingling, at least Internet-wise. And who wants to bring a gun to a party? That just ruins things.

  3. katohater

    “peaceful,” in the sense that we, faithful americans, don’t have to deal with bombs and ak-47s on a daily basis in our little bubble of ignorance. we just watch them on tv.

    i think you thought i meant “peaceful” as in “the world should be peaceful.” no, we can’t have that. that is a principle our governing bodies do not find appealing.

    it’s like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

  4. Josh Post author

    Having traveled the world a little and been in places where people carry AKs “just in case…” there is definitely a sense of safety/peacefulness/civility coming back home to the US, though I’m sure some of that is comfort with the familiar. Someone visiting the US from, say, Sweden might feel the same way after leaving any big US metro area and returning to Stockholm.

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