If there’s one thing I do like about Bill Maher, it’s that his show is one of the few out there where almost no topic is off limits. He brings conservatives and liberals together to discuss a wide array of current events issues, and his format opens the door for a more candid discussion than one might have on a network show.
Well, the topic of guns was discussed and Maher (as usual) went after guns rights defenders for some of the asinine stances they take when it comes to this issue. Maher believes that when it comes to guns even Democrats are too afraid to come out strongly against them, and that our gun laws are so ridiculous that even the most recent Fort Hood shooter, Ivan Lopez, mocked on his Facebook account how easy it was for people with mental health issues to obtain guns.
“Our gun laws are so crazy, even crazy people know that they’re crazy,” Maher said.
And he’s right. While I support our Second Amendment (and own guns myself), the lack of common sense people display when it comes to guns is astounding.
Even when President Obama proposed making background checks universal, limiting magazine capacity and restricting access to some military style semi-automatic assault rifles, gun rights advocates lost their minds as if he was calling for a full confiscation of every gun they owned. Every single one of those regulations could have been passed and 97% of gun owners would have never even noticed.
Heck, since Obama has been in office the NRA and other gun rights fanatics have continued to perpetuate the idea that he’s “coming for their guns,” yet five years into his presidency he shown absolutely no intention of doing so. Yet these people continue to claim that it’s still “part of his plan.”
Then again, fear mongering often leads to a spike in gun and ammo sales – and who do you think sponsors the NRA and these gun rights advocacy groups? Oh, that’s right, the gun industry.
The fact of the matter is, while our Second Amendment grants Americans the right to own guns, to deny that guns have anything to do with this country’s very serious gun violence problem is absurd.
It’s just amazing to me that when it comes to the debate over sensible gun regulations, it seems to render so many people incapable of stepping away from the propaganda and embracing even the slightest bit of common sense.
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