I’ve often joked that sometimes when I’m dealing with conservatives, I feel as if I’m living in some kind of alternate reality where stupid reigns supreme. It’s not because I want to feel that way about Republicans, but they honestly leave me no other choice. After all, this is the party that has Donald Trump as its overwhelming frontrunner for their presidential nomination.
If you really want to see how detached from reality they can get, just get them talking about guns. You know, the people who think the “only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun” – a saying predicated on the fact that someone has to be shot at or shot first before the bad guy is stopped. Since, in a world of open carry, every “bad guy” was once a “good guy” up until the point that they started shooting people.
But that’s the “logic” many of these folks use.
Oh, that and the answer to the fact that we lead the industrialized world in gun violence and gun ownership is more guns. Very rarely do you ever hear of a Republican who’s sensible on guns, though it has been known to happen on occasion.
Well, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio decided to add a new wrinkle of stupidity to the GOP gun rhetoric. During an interview on Fox News’ Fox & Friends, Rubio tried to slam liberals for daring to mention gun control following the recent shooting that left 14 dead in San Bernardino – by wondering why they haven’t been pushing for bomb control.
“When this first came out, without knowing anything about the case, the first thing they [the left] started talking about was gun control,” Rubio said. “I don’t hear anybody talking about bomb control. They put bombs and left bombs behind on the scene of attack, intending to kill even more people than they did with guns.”
First, 14 people didn’t die at the hands of the bombs they had, it was the assault weapons they were legally allowed to purchase. Also, it’s already against the law to make bombs in the United States. We’re not seeing 8-10k Americans dying each year from “bomb violence.”
It’s because we already have very restrictive regulations on people being able to “arm” themselves with highly explosive devices… and we almost never hear of anyone dying at the hands of a homemade bomb. Amazing, isn’t it? Regulate something, make it difficult to obtain and there doesn’t seem to be a mad-dash by criminals using these regulated devices to commit horrific acts of violence.
Though I can guarantee you if bombs were as easy to obtain as guns, we would see a lot more crime and acts of violence committed with explosive devices. Because of regulations and laws, they’re almost never used – and even if they are, they’re rarely effective.
But this is the sort of “logic” Republicans use when it comes to gun violence. Completely ridiculous statements such as Rubio’s that are so absurdly flawed that it’s an absolutely embarrassment that there are tens of millions of people in this country who buy into this nonsense.
If anything, Rubio’s statement is simply an argument that stricter gun control would be effective in reducing a large amount of gun violence.
Watch his comments below via Fox News:
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