The following is in response to Fandango’s Provocative Question #166. The prompt is:
Do you feel that President Biden’s plea to take action and to do something to stem the rising tide of gun violence in America have any impact? Or will lawmakers at both the federal and state levels do nothing more than offer their useless “thoughts and prayers,” which is all they ever do?
Content Warning: Offensive Language
Same Shit, Different Day
Ten days, 21 more lives, 19 of them ten-year-old children. The same old news with different names, different faces, and subtly different storylines. The one thing they all have in common is the same all too familiar outcome.
Unfortunately Fandango, I don’t believe Biden’s call for action will have any effect on Federal and State politicians, the NRA, individual gun owners, and most everyday Americans. These types of pleas have fallen on stone deaf ears in the past and there are no signs that America’s views on guns are any different now than in the past.
I have already heard from family and friends in the United States and in particular, Texas that don’t believe gun control is the solution. Instead, they believe training and arming teachers to carry in school is the answer. It appears the best option is to shoot our way out of these messes.
Hell, I suggest we not stop there, empty the entire gas can on the dumpster fire. Let the elementary kids carry too, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday they should take several hours out of science, math, and literature (but not religion) classes and learn how to shoot stuff (or each other.) If that sounds ridiculous, it’s because it absolutely is ridiculous. If you are reading this and it doesn’t sound absurd to you then let me spell it out…
The answer is NEVER more access to guns! NEVER!!!
I don’t like guns, I don’t use guns in my personal life and I see no need to own one. That said I do not fall into the anti-gun ban all firearms camp.
What I do believe is that gun controls are necessary. Minimum ages to use and to own, rigorous screening practices, stricter licensing, cooling-off periods that delay taking possession after purchases, and the right for medical and law enforcement professionals to revoke licenses and have weapons seized for unstable individuals does not seem unreasonable. There is also an array of guns designed for one purpose and one purpose only, killing people. They are not defensive in nature, even their classification as assault rifles tells you they are offensive (in more ways than one) weapons. Those weapons should be banned completely.
I don’t think we can eradicate every horrible outcome (God knows I wish there were a way) but if any or all of those measures stop even one mass rampage, robbery, kidnapping, murder, suicide, or any other senseless shooting it would be more than worth the tiny bit of “freedom” lost that those in the gun lobby hold so fucking dear! A world where freedom to the nth degree trumps the senseless murder of innocent children.
What type of society do we live in where school/mass shootings are so common that they run across 24-hour news channels tickers and we’ve become so numb it doesn’t even shock us anymore? If that isn’t enough to make people take action then I don’t know what is.
…and so again, for the second time in the last two weeks, my heart goes out to the families and friends of those senselessly taken from this world in Uvalde, Texas.
Fandango’s Provocative Question #166.
Prompt: Do you feel that President Biden’s plea to take action and to do something to stem the rising tide of gun violence in America have any impact? Or will lawmakers at both the federal and state levels do nothing more than offer their useless “thoughts and prayers,” which is all they ever do?
Date: 2022-05-25 | Tags: #fpq
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