School Shootings and the “Valuation of Guns Over The Lives of Children”
By now you’re undoubtedly aware of the latest school shooting, this one in Texas.
I have said before that the type of gun shooter uses in a mass shooting situation doesn’t make that much of a difference. When the victims are in a confined area, are surprised, and/or are defenseless and terrified, the shooter has the initiative. Whatever kind of gun he uses, he can work to his advantage, because his victims can’t shoot back.
There is an idiotic notion out there that if these killers were limited to guns slower to reload, or holding fewer rounds, that some unarmed bystander would be able to tackle them and take them down.
Such things are possible. They have happened. Most mass shooters are crazed wackos, not trained killers, so they make mistakes. They let their guard down. However, this notion that banning scary-looking weapons is going to be some sort of solution for these shootings is absurd.
Case in point — the latest shooter used a .38 revolver and a shotgun.
That fact won’t abate the calls for an “assault weapons” ban, of course. If anything, they’ll insist on banning more types of firearms. The gun control push is not about stopping school shooters. The first Federal assault weapons ban was passed in 1994, years before Columbine, the first such shooting to gain national notoriety.
They’ve been trying to ban handguns since 1934.
Right on cue, too, the media is making the shooter the most famous person in the world. News outlets are posting his kill count and are comparing it to others. His picture is up on the Drudge Report. The next deranged person looking to go out in a blaze of violent “glory”, is watching this and taking note. The cycle will undoubtedly repeat.
The whole situation is terrible. It seems like every few months, another such incident takes place, and the media and political circus starts anew. The hundred million gun owners who didn’t do anything to anyone are being held responsible, blamed for the killings. I have personally been told that my unwillingness to submit to further restrictions on my 2nd Amendment rights, register my guns, or submit to some government psychiatric examination means that I don’t care about murdered children. The person saying this acted as if she thought I had had a hand in the Parkland shooting.
That’s where we’re at now, as a nation. The gun-rights vs. gun control debate is a full-on part of the culture war. Make no mistake, the would-be gun controllers hate you. Yes, you, the gun owner reading this, who didn’t do anything to anyone. They hate you for refusing to comply with how they think you should live, they hate your way of life, and they want you to be punished.
If you don’t believe me, listen to their words. Read their posted fantasies about armed government goon squads confiscating guns. For people who supposedly abhor violence, some sure seem excited about bringing it upon their fellow Americans.
Take a read.
“So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.”
Wait, what? You’d think the NRA board itself went in and shot up the school. Gun owner = sociopath who values firearms over kids’ lives.
That was penned by Esquire’s Dave Holmes.
The animosity is mutual, of course, but there is a key difference: there are no serious voices on the pro-gun side who wish to use the power of the government to force the anti-gunners to do anything. I just want to be left alone, and I suspect most of you reading this feel similarly.
If only, but we live in divisive times. Take a new person shooting, if you can. Show them that gun owners aren’t crazy, or violent, or racist, or whatever else we’ve been called. Much of the political battle will be fought at the state level, so stay informed, contact your elected officials, and vote.
“The NRA is kind of just shy of a terrorist organization.” Deborah Wasserman Schultz, former DNC chairwoman.
We need to stop being so divisive, come together, and find solutions to problems. Both sides need to listen to each other, and be willing to compromise, but…
Why won’t these child-murdering almost-terrorists fucking compromise with us? They’re too busy perpetuating a culture of violence to listen to our ideas and do what we fucking want them to do.
At the same time, don’t buy into the narrative perpetuated by the media. Much of the reporting on this topic is little more than a propaganda campaign. Don’t be intimidated by the social justice wankers, the cry bullies, or the media spin machine. The Founders didn’t fight the Revolutionary War for us to give up when teenagers begin parrot talking points fed to them by professional media handlers.
As Winston Churchill said, never, never, never give up.
~ So Sayeth Kupari
Now, watch this.