The gun debate is probably the one debate that I loathe having the most. For some reason it just seems to render people incapable of using common sense for nothing more than the fact that they like guns. The fact that people think that guns have nothing to do with gun violence or sensible gun regulations would leave Americans defenseless is astoundingly stupid. I also laugh at the argument that more guns make us safe considering we have more guns than any civilized country on the planet and lead the world in gun violence.
Heck, even in the days of the wild west one of the first things many of these town sheriffs did was ban the carrying of firearms within city limits. But now days it seems conservatives are doing their best to take our society backwards when it comes to guns and returns us to the days to where people walked around with a gun holstered on their belt.
The bill that Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is set to sign into law is a prime example of this. As Think Progress reports, “It allows guns in bars, nightclubs, and government buildings without security checkpoints such as libraries. It eliminates criminal charges for those who accidentally bring their guns to the airport or other secured buildings where guns are prohibited. It even expands the state’s Stand Your Ground provision to allow felons to invoke the defense, and allows guns in public schools by authorized teachers and administrators.”
It’s absurd. It’s as if these people really want shootouts in the streets of our cities and towns. I’m a supporter of our Second Amendment, but I also possess something called common sense. It’s a trait most conservatives seem to lack.
While people like myself support things like limits on magazine size, universal background checks and restrictions on certain types of military style assault rifles – conservatives support policies that would essentially arm every American in the United States (trained or not) and allow them to carry these guns wherever they want.
Because what could go wrong with tens of millions of untrained Americans carrying guns into just about every building they frequent? To me that would inspire criminals to shoot first and ask questions later. To conservatives, they think more guns make us safer.
It’s just a shame for them that stats and reality don’t support their flawed “logic.” Then again, these are the people who don’t trust science, so it’s not a shock that they don’t care about math either.