Living in gun-lovers’ fantasy land

It’s bad enough that some conservatives are trying to pretend this latest attack had nothing to do with racism when the shooter himself told everyone before and during the attack that it was all about racism. It’s bad enough that people in South Carolina are pretending like this has nothing to do with a culture that rewards racism while flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol.

But we are once again getting the asinine argument that this all could have been stopped if only everyone had a gun.

Yes, that’s right — the solution to too many guns is more guns. gun nuts

In this weird alternate fantasy reality, gun nuts are convinced that more guns will solve everything and if we have more guns, there will be less gun violence.

This runs counter to every single fact you can find on the subject. States that have placed restrictions on guns (like Connecticut) have found that gun deaths have dropped by huge amounts. States that weakened gun laws (like Missouri) have found that their gun deaths have increased by huge amounts.  Countries that had problems like ours that put into place strict gun laws (such as Australia) also saw their gun deaths fall by huge amounts.

The numbers don’t lie — the NRA does though, all the time.

Somehow the idea that “An armed society is a polite society” appeals to these people. Think about it — these people believe that you need to be afraid of dying in order to be a polite person. What does that say about them?

This fantasy that “if we all had guns we could have stopped the bad guy” is also not supported by any facts. Oh sure, you can find that one-in-a-hundred example where that happened, but in the vast majority of cases, both sides having guns only escalated the matter and caused more deaths and injuries. Even trained police have been hurt and have hurt innocent bystanders in shoot-outs, so imagine what havoc untrained Billy Bob can cause.

Despite the facts, the gun nuts believe that if everyone had a gun, the good guys would always hit, the bad guys would always miss, no one would ever get hurt, and then the hero will walk away, put on a pair of sunglasses, and make a witty comment. That’s how it works in the movies, right?

This is the same mentality that believes torture is successful at getting information even though every single study ever done in the history of the world has found the opposite. But it works on “24”!

The inability to distinguish fiction from reality puts many people in secure hospitals. However, it is a requirement for being an NRA leader.

5 thoughts on “Living in gun-lovers’ fantasy land

  1. I carry a gun and wear a vest for a living. And here is a real life example to debunk the dream of “Good guys with guns”–Eric Frein!!! He was a bad guy with a gun, how did those good guys at the PSP Barracks make out? One died and the other seriously wounded. And the bad guy got away for weeks.

    If this myth the NRA propagates was true–I wouldn’t need a $1,200 vest! i would just reenact scenes from a Sergio Leone western, and be on my way. Sadly, reality dictates otherwise.

    You know what scares me whilst working–knowing the number of heavily armed nuts that linger in our communities. Knowing how easy it is for a person with bad intentions to be heavily armed. And how easy it is for a Schizophrenic to buy a gun in Pennsylvania and most states. Sadly, those are the reasons I have to carry. Not because I fancy the thought of killing–I hate to think of it. But because I understand how it is too easy for terrible people to have that kind of deadly power in their hands.

    And don’t get me started on South Carolina. A state that still boasts about their role in starting the Civil War and attacking the U.S. Constitution. That sort of evil and anti-American pride just breeds scum like that young man.

    Southern man, don’t forget what your good book says!!!!

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  2. Anti-gun Missourian, here. Did you know if I wanted a semi-automatic or other gun, I could go to a local gun show and buy one (and ammo)? No background check, no waiting period, just “Here’s your gun.” A local reporter went to a gun show to prove that was not true. He emerged shaken, with two assault rifles and ammo for both. (All immediately turned over to law enforcement.) His story turned out to be how shockingly, frighteningly easy it is to get a gun here… and people want us to relax our gun laws even further. WTF? Numbers, statistics, common sense — it all means nothing to gun nuts.

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