The Harsh Truth About Gun Violence: We’re Not Going to do a Damn Thing About It

guninconvenienceSometimes I sit back and think to myself, “I can’t believe there are tens of millions of people in this country who honestly believe that our Second Amendment is meant to give citizens the right to violently overthrow the government.” It’s just so absolutely absurd. The United States has the most powerful military that’s ever existed in all of human history, with a defense budget that dwarfs any other country on the planet, yet there are millions of people in this country who think they can take on this massive war machine.

What’s even more ironic is that many of the same people who think the guns they have buried in their backyard (you know, just in case President Obama comes to confiscate them), are the same people who support a party that’s constantly pushing for more defense spending. Just think about that for a moment. These folks are arming themselves for a possible revolution against the very same military that the party they support is trying to make even more powerful and lethal.

My point is, we’re never going to do a damn thing about gun violence in this country because far too many gun advocates are completely irrational.  That’s just the harsh truth a lot of people need to realize. Every time this nation experiences some horrific shooting (which seems to be happening on a weekly basis nowadays), the Internet is filled with people going back and forth over guns, gun violence, gun control and what needs to be done.

But these debates are absolutely pointless – because nothing is going to be done.

To address this nation’s rampant gun violence would take the ability for the majority of Americans to behave rationally about guns. And the truth of the matter is, Americans are just too damn obsessed with guns to ever have anything that even remotely resembles a rational conservation about gun violence.

Even Democrats, the ones who are supposed to be proponents for sensible gun regulations, have been absolutely inept at doing anything to actually address gun violence. Hell, Bernie Sanders is seen by many on the left as one of the few true liberals in Congress, and even he’s fairly pro-gun. In fact, he voted against the Brady Handgun bill.

So, even after two people were brutally slaughtered on live television in Virginia; which came just a few weeks after 3 people were gunned down in Louisiana; which happened just a few weeks after nine people were killed in a South Carolina church; which also happened just a few weeks after 9 people were killed in a biker shootout in Texas; combined with our everyday gun violence that typically claims 8-10k Americans every year…

We aren’t going to do a damn thing about it. 

Sure, there will be a lot of talk about it – but nothing is going to be done. You cannot reason with people who:

  1. Don’t believe guns have anything to do with gun violence.
  2. Think more guns are the answer.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world laughs at us. They laugh at the millions of people who live in this country that has over 300 million guns who continue to think guns have nothing to do with the fact we lead the modern world in gun violence. They laugh at the fact that people honestly believe they have the ability to violently overthrow a government that has the most powerful military ever assembled at its disposal. But mostly they laugh at a country where millions of people, in 2015, are still obsessed with guns like we’re still living in the wild west.

We are literally living in a nation that says it should be easier to walk into a store and legally buy an AR-15 military-style assault rifle than it is to legally drive a car.

So, go ahead and vent if you want – but your sane, rational and well thought-out arguments concerning this nation’s problem with gun violence are falling on deaf ears. You’re trying to use common sense to reason and deal with people who honestly believe guns are no more dangerous than spoons.

I know I’ll keep fighting, even though I’m almost certain it’s not going to make a damn bit of difference. Dan Hodges might have summed it up best a couple months back: “In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”

Feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook and let me know what you think.

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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