When teenagers — a subset of American humanity often associated with pleas for automobiles, electronic toys, and strange clothing — are making 100% more sense than adults in the wake of the tragedy in Parkland, FL, then it’s time to remind myself that it is never productive to argue with morons — especially adult morons.
There is no reasoning with adults who say things like: “Gun controllers have the wrong end of the stick…you can murder people with a pencil.” Granted. Now, when it becomes technically possible to murder 58 people at a music concert, or 17 students and teachers in a school, in the space of a few minutes, with a pencil you can bet your next paycheck I’ll post an impassioned plea for pencil control. There’s no reasoning with whack jobs who express this kind of idiocy.
I apologize to morons and idiots everywhere because there has to be a lower level of intelligence to explain someone saying, “I have a Constitutional Right to my firearms.” Yes, but there are no unlimited rights. That is what grownups would call “license.” Question: Would you, oh absolutist advocate for the 2nd Amendment, like for me to post flyers around your neighborhood falsely accusing you of child molestation? Because it’s my 1st Amendment right to “express myself?” Would you have a problem if I captured your spouse, hauled the victim to the top of a pyramid and performed a human sacrifice in the name of Freedom of Religion? For heaven’s sake why do we even listen to these people?
Forgive me if I smirk when someone argues that the 2nd Amendment underpins all the others. Smirking is what I might do instead of outright breaking into uncontrollable giggles at your fundamental misinterpretation of some relatively simple language. What prevents governments by grown ups from engaging in nefarious practices isn’t the 2nd Amendment, it’s the 1st. It’s the freedom of speech which gives voice to opposition views; it’s the freedom of the press which amplifies those ideas. No one needed a gun to find out that 13 Russians and 3 Russian corporations interfered in the US election season in 2016. We have a perfectly good squad of investigators and an equally competent group of journalists to tell us what’s going on. No rifles required. ;
If you feel you need an AR-15 to guard your property you must have a heck of a lot more property than Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, and the Sultan of Brunei combined. Many families make do with a dog. ($32 to bail one out of the county pound) Other families purchase home security systems. More expensive than a dog, but also perfectly serviceable. If you must have a gun — why not a good old fashioned 10 or 12 gauge shotgun? They are just as effective and don’t usually require you replace a wall in your home after use. Only a resolute fool would replace a dog, a home security system, or a shot gun with a semi-automatic weapon of war.
So, I’m just going to leave this here. I’ll talk with people who ask questions like: How can we best mitigate the lethality of shooting in public spaces? I’ll listen to people who ask how we can preserve responsible hunting practices and activities while regulating the proliferation of weapons of war. I’m happy to discuss common sense gun regulation with those who enjoy target and trap shooting, and who also want their children to be safe at school, at a music concert, or in a church. However, I will not waste my time — and I certainly will NOT waste my vote — on fools who make idiots and morons sound like Einstein.