The Dangerous and Idiotic Obsession Millions of Americans Have with Guns Has to Stop

sarah-gun-nutI’m a firm believer in the right for every American to own a gun for self defense; in fact, I own one myself. That being said, how many guns and how many bullets do we need to defend ourselves from criminals? In the average Americans lifetime, how often will they fire a gun in self defense?

I’m guessing the vast majority of Americans will never fire a gun in self defense.

We could arm every adult in this country with one gun and thirty rounds and that would adequately provide “protection” from potential criminals for their entire life. And if you’ve live a life where you need more than 30 rounds for self defense, what the hell kind of life are you leading?

But aside from guns for self defense, there are also hunters. Okay, I get it. Hunting is a “sport” that millions of Americans enjoy. So why are hunters against gun regulations? Is hunting something that requires an immediate purchase of a firearm and ammunition? Do hunting seasons “spring out of nowhere”? And how bad of a shot does someone need to be as a hunter that they require an arsenal of guns and ammunition? The good hunters that I know only need a couple of rifles, a handgun or two and a few boxes of ammo.

Let’s be honest, this obsession with guns that many Americans have in this country lies in a paranoid belief that at any moment, a second revolution is going to break out or that civilization is going to end and they’ll need to “fend for themselves.”

And I’m sorry, but in my opinion, if you believe in either of those you’re suffering from some kind of mental illness and shouldn’t own a gun in the first place. At least not according to people like the NRA who constantly claim that guns aren’t the problem, but mental health is.

But for me it comes down to my belief that this ridiculous obsession with guns many Americans have is one of the dumbest things plaguing this nation. Guns aren’t a tool or a hobby – they’re a deadly weapon. The purpose of a gun is to kill. It’s why I always laugh at those who try to compare guns to spoons, as in a spoon is only as “deadly” as the person using it. Well, a nuclear weapon is only deadly if someone fires it. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a deadly weapon even when sitting idle. By this “logic” nothing is dangerous unless put in the wrong hands. And also by this “logic” a spork is as deadly as a predator drone.

Which is, of course, absurd.

The truth of the matter is, in this country we have an unhealthy obsession with guns. It’s one thing to own one or two for self protection, it’s quite another to obsess over them in such a way that you feel the need to strap a semi-automatic AK-47 to your back just to buy some paint at Home Depot.

Then we have parents letting their small children have access to deadly firearms. Many parents who won’t even let their kids watch R-rated movies seem to have no issue letting these same children operate a gun that can potentially kill someone.

In this country we don’t let children drive, drink or even vote because they’re not mentally advanced enough to handle any of those issues. But it seems that when it comes to guns, many of these same parents have no issues letting their children be exposed to weapons that have the potential to kill another human being. Because, according to them, there might be a time when that child needs to use that gun for “self defense.” Meanwhile, many of those same children could just as easily need a car one day to escape a dangerous situation, but they’re not mature enough to deal with that. That could be dangerous, but apparently an AR-15 isn’t.

Again, I’m not saying Americans don’t have the right to own guns. But there’s a difference between owning a gun for self defense or sport and having a paranoid obsession over gun ownership.

And that’s where a lot of our gun violence lies. It’s not just in the access to guns we have in this country, or even the amount of guns that are out there. It’s our culture that seemingly downplays the deadly nature of guns. Look at what these gun fanatics do, they march openly on our streets with AK-47’s strapped to their back – just because they have the right to. They claim to be out teaching the “values” of gun ownership. Not to stress the importance of how deadly those guns can be, but to promote the idea that more Americans need more guns. As if over 300 million guns in this country isn’t enough.

And I’ve still yet to have a single one of those gun fanatics tell me how to spot a “bad guy with a gun” in a society where every person is openly carrying one, which is what they would love to create.

But when it comes right down to it, the amount of guns we have in this country isn’t our only problem. It’s the obsession with guns many Americans have that’s just as big of an issue.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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