Why do so many countries hate America?
Three words. National Rifle Association.
Now I am not saying that every member who belongs to the NRA is a conspiracy theorist, paranoid-schizophrenic, racist, anarchist, and irrational moron…but it is a fact that many of the members are.
One of the greatest quotes in human history that emphasizes this fact is the NRA’s famous one liner, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people”.
Last time I checked, I haven’t seen any guns grow a pair of legs, walk out of the store, and shoot up a bunch of lost pedestrians. And I live in Detroit. If it’s not happening in that city, it’s certainly not happening anywhere else in the world.
Or you wake up one night to find your gun whispering sweet nothings into your ear about what a prick your boss is and how he deserves to be put down for not promoting you.
Note of caution: If your gun is whispering things to you, you may have bigger issues than just worrying about defending yourself.
After the horrendous movie theatre shooting in Colorado, many Americans appropriately believed that gun reform should and would follow. But nothing happened.
Then the tragedy took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School where an unstable boy got a hold of his mother’s gun and decided to take out his mommy issues on a school full of children and teachers.
After the Sandy Hook massacre, gun reform was no longer a question of if, many people thought; it was only a matter of when. But as John Oliver put it, “One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns.”
But to date, Congress has yet to pass any laws on gun reform. Hell, even tougher background checks didn’t even pass. If that’s not insanity, I don’t know what is.
After Sandy Hook, the NRA proposed teaching kids how to use a weapon. Their thought process was that armed children could protect other kids from kids with guns. What?! If you’re confused by this, then congratulations! You still have a functioning brain.
The example of the NRA calls into question what’s really wrong with America’s political system: Money can buy votes. The reason gun reform still hasn’t passed is because the NRA’s budget is estimated at about $231 million dollars, give or take a penny or two. That’s a lot of nice beach houses for congressmen and women who are in the market for some new real estate. Or gods forbid, politicians can’t live off of their meagre government salary. Luckily the NRA is charitable enough to help out people in need.
Why do thousands of dolphins get slaughtered every year in Japan? The geniuses in the NRA would say that it’s because the dolphins didn’t have guns to protect themselves.
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s so brilliantly put it, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. While that might have some merit in an alternate universe, you know what might also help stop a bad guy with a gun? Regulation to prevent that bad guy from getting one in the first place.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for constitutional rights. But let’s not forget that the Constitution was drafted at a time when the world was a far different place than what it is today. The fact that it’s easier for a minor to get their hands on an illegal firearm than it is a beer is pretty pathetic.
And while I suppose I do believe people have their right to defend themselves, I certainly don’t believe our Founding Fathers intended for that to mean the crazy cat lady next door stockpiling her backyard with military-grade automatic weapons and maybe a nuke for good measure.
Many who are staunch supporters of the Second Amendment believe that we should be able to have as many weapons, and any kind of weapon as we please. A security blanket, if you will, in case one day President Obama thinks, “To hell with Americans and their two-term limit! I am now a crazy tyrannical fascist and King of the U.S. bitches!”
We have a system of checks and balances in place for a reason. You don’t like your politician, guess what? Don’t vote for him or her and elect a new one.
There are always exceptions of course. Sarah Palin has Vladimir Putin living in her backyard, of course she needs guns and ammo in case a Bolshevik crosses her property line and threatens her freedom.
As one commentator on an article about gun reform so aptly put it, “Oh, we can’t pass gun laws because it treads on your liberty? Tell me more about how we must regulate marriage and vaginas.”
Here’s some food for thought: create a Smith and Wesson Abortion Pistol and we’d have gun reform faster than Michelle Bachmann can spell homosexual.