Do Millions of Americans Have an Unhealthy Obsession with Guns?

gunsAs the gun debate has heated up, there’s been no shortage of talking points from gun rights advocates as to just how much they cherish our Second Amendment.

Which is ironic because many of these people have no issues when other Amendments are infringed upon.  I don’t see many of these people throwing a fit, or threatening revolution, because we’re not allowed to yell “bomb” in an airport or “fire” in a movie theater.

But man, you try and bring up gun regulations and some people go nuts.

I just don’t get it.  I really don’t.

First let me say I am a gun owner—I own 2.  I also know how to shoot.  I don’t need more than 10 rounds in a magazine for self defense because I know how to use my guns properly.  I wouldn’t want to own a gun if I couldn’t hit a target with 10 rounds.  Because if someone can’t hit a target with 10 rounds, should they really be firing guns to begin with?  While people might want a pile of guns, they sure as hell don’t need them.

Now don’t get me wrong, I understand hunting, self defense and sport shooting.

What I don’t get are these people who feel that they need to own an arsenal of weapons with magazines carrying 20 or more rounds.  I just don’t understand what kind of fear and paranoia these people must be living in.

If millions of individuals really feel they need stockpiles of weapons to be safe, that’s depressing.  Aren’t we supposedly the “greatest nation on earth”—why the hell are so many of these people terrified of apparently everything?

Are their neighborhoods so unsafe they need a cabinet loaded full of guns to defend themselves?  Are they such poor shots they need 20-30 rounds to hit a target?  Are they so paranoid that the end of the world is near and the only way for them and their family to survive the apocalypse is with enough guns to arm a small platoon?  Are they really so delusional that they think guns are the objects which keeps our government in line?

I just don’t get it.  There are millions of people who seem to cherish guns as much as they do their friends and family.

They take pictures with them.  Name them.  Defend gun rights as if the guns themselves have rights.

If someone obsessed this much over anything else wouldn’t we think they were insane?  Why is it normal for someone to own 20 or more guns, yet if someone owned 20 or more cats they’re often seen as mentally unstable?  The “crazy cat lady” stereotype if you will.

Often people view their concealed handguns with as much importance for leaving the house as their car keys or wallet.

Seriously, do these people live in such fear that they must be armed just to leave the house?  That must be a miserable existence.

I do a lot of things in my day to day life, things where I take the proper precautions to be safe.  For example, I believe in driving defensively and being aware of my surroundings—but I don’t drive around in fear for my life.

It’s just baffling to me, these people who talk as if they’d die before they agreed to even the most sensible of gun regulations such as universal background checks.

For the people who claim mental illness is to blame for our gun violence, not the guns themselves—isn’t the worship of an inanimate object to the point of threatening revolution if someone tried to take 1 or 2 of the 40 you own a sign of mental illness?

Isn’t hoarding guns and bullets for fear of society, your neighbors, the government and the unknown a sign of mental illness?

Because let’s be honest, the Second Amendment has already been “infringed” upon.  We’re not allowed to own missiles, bombs or other extremely dangerous explosives which could be argued by some that they are “arms” as well.  Besides, the Second Amendment doesn’t state we have the right to bear any arms to begin with.

It’s just disturbing to me that so many people live with such fear.  To believe the world is so terrible that if you don’t have guns there’s nothing that can stop all this terror from destroying you and your family.

Honestly, as a responsible gun owner and an advocate for our Second Amendment, I feel sorry for these people.

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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