My theory with people who have an obsession with guns is that they’re either very insecure, extremely paranoid or both. But let me be clear, there’s a huge difference between someone who owns a couple of guns and someone who’s what I commonly refer to as a “gun nut.” Radical gun fanatics are flat-out obsessed with guns. It’s not really about self defense for these people, but rather an unhealthy obsession with a deadly inanimate object.
After all, many of them are the same people who think our Second Amendment is meant to give Americans the right to violently overthrow our government. That’s a belief which has never made sense to me. If our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment to “give us the right to overthrow our government,” then why did they set up an elaborate system of elections for the American people to elect their representatives? Because any “armed overthrow” of the government would instantly invalidate and disenfranchise every single voter who voted for the politicians who were violently removed from office.
It makes absolutely no sense. But that’s a topic for another day.
What I want to discuss today are the comments made by NRA board member and leader of the Texas State Rifle Association, Charles Cotton, who opposes a proposed bill in Texas that would prohibit corporal punishment in schools. And in true insecure gun nut fashion, he managed to tie in his opposition to this bill with the possibility of shooting someone. After all, that’s what NRA board members obsess about – shooting things.
“I’m sick of this woman (State Rep. Alma Allen (D) who sponsored the bill) and her ‘don’t touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again’ attitude,” Cotton wrote.
“Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later,” he added.
Whenever I see comments like those, all I envision are people who watch far too many Clint Eastwood movies from the 60’s and 70’s. Most of these gun fanatics talk a big game when it comes to guns or the possibility of shooting someone, but I can almost guarantee that the majority of them would flee instead of fight if they were ever confronted by a “bad guy” with a gun. That’s why even though this nation experiences between 8-10k gun-related homicides every year, we rarely hear about “good guys with guns stopping bad guys.” It happens, but not nearly as often as these people would have you think.
In the U.S. we have over 300 million guns. If “good guys with guns” were such a force to be reckoned with, our gun-related homicide rate would either be almost non-existent or there would be multiple stories every day concerning a “good guy with a gun” stopping a “bad guy,” considering how high our level of gun violence is in this country. But as we all know, that’s not the case.
But for this fool to suggest that administering corporal punishment in schools might prevent him from shooting a student later on is just more of that false bravado we often see from so many gun nuts.
Though at the end of the day, all Cotton did was provide yet another example of how outdated and out of touch many of these gun fanatics truly are.