Over the last few days I’ve been inundated with asinine gun nuts regurgitating their normal pro-gun propaganda. Sadly, I’ve become used to these asinine comments because this sort of idiocy always follows mass shootings – which are now becoming routine in the United States.
But no matter how many times I’m exposed to the idiocy of those who believe guns have nothing to do with gun violence, it still never ceases to amaze me. Typically I don’t engage with these folks, but I thought I’d ask five questions I think Republicans and gun nuts need to answer to address the now-routine mass shootings we experience in this country.
The “status-quo” clearly isn’t working.
1. Since Republicans are convinced the gun debate boils down to mental illness being responsible for these shootings (an irresponsible position of course; mental illness is not the only factor), how many mass shootings need to happen before the Republican party unites behind a strong push for legislation that makes it more difficult for mentally ill people to obtain guns?
2. Being that Umpqua Community College allowed students with concealed handgun licenses to have guns on campus, yet no one with their concealed handgun prevented (or apparently deterred) this shooting from happening – doesn’t this once again debunk the whole notion that guns deter gun violence?
3. Considering we have over 300 million guns in this country (more than any other modern nation on the planet) how many do we need before gun violence and mass shootings are no longer an issue in the United States?
4. Since most of the states that lead the country in gun violence are very pro-gun, doesn’t that suggest that more guns isn’t the solution to gun violence?
5. If guns have nothing to do with gun violence, would you then support the legal right for Americans to own much more dangerous weapons like backpacked-sized nuclear weapons or rocket-propelled grenades? Where does the “right to bear arms” end, since you’re so convinced “guns have nothing to do with gun violence”?
Also, since we don’t have rampant violence related to nuclear weapons or RPG’s – because neither are easily obtainable – doesn’t that show that the level of access to a particular weapon plays a huge part in the ability for people to carry out horrific acts of violence?
Will I get answers to these questions? I’m sure some will try, but I need to point out that there’s a huge difference between answering questions in a rational way and simply providing answers that don’t make a damn bit of sense. The sad truth is, you can’t ask irrational people rational questions.
Until Republicans stop cowardly bowing down to the NRA and radical gun fanatics, we’ll never be able to have a sensible debate on what we can do in this country to try to curb gun violence. And until that happens, mass shootings are now simply the new normal in this country.