Dealing with gun nuts easily ranks near the top of my list as one of the most frustrating things I have to endure. I would much rather deal with a religious fanatic for 12 hours than a gun nut for even 15 minutes. While both groups of people are often completely ridiculous, the stupidity it takes to honestly believe that a gun and a spoon are equally as dangerous is astounding. Not to say that believing the Earth is 6,000 years old doesn’t take a certain level of idiocy as well, but at least creationists aren’t responsible for 8-10k deaths in the U.S. every year.
Though don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all gun enthusiasts are crazy, either. One of my good friends is rather fond of guns and even he thinks open carry is dumb and people should be required to be licensed before being allowed to carry a gun in public. And this is a guy who just spent $1,800 on a shotgun and admits he doesn’t feel normal unless he has his concealed handgun on him at all times. So it’s not as if he’s someone who’s anti-gun at all – he just happens to possess a little common sense when it comes to who should carry them and how they should be carried.
Well, in Tennessee there’s currently a push by the state legislature to allow guns in state parks. Prior to an NRA convention in Nashville, state Rep. Glen Casada was questioned about this push in his state and what he would think about a child being struck and killed by a stray bullet while playing in one of these parks.
His answer? If that were to happen, those would just be “acts of God.” He also went on to suggest that a child is just as likely to get killed in a bicycle accident as they are by a gun, claiming that if a gun is “used properly” it’s no more dangerous than a bike.
These are the sorts of comments that make it nearly impossible for me to show even the slightest bit of respect toward these types of people. Using the “logic” that a gun isn’t dangerous unless used improperly, one could say the same thing about a nuclear weapon or a tank. Heck, by that “logic” almost nothing is dangerous as long as it’s used properly.
But the problem is, guns often aren’t used properly. Between 8-10K Americans die each year due to gun violence, with many more committing suicide by using a gun and countless others being wounded by them. And while these gun fanatics often say that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” I’ve yet to have a single one of them explain to me how to spot a “bad guy with a gun” prior to them opening fire. Not only that, but how often do we really ever hear about some “good guy with a gun” stopping a “bad guy”? I live in gun-loving Texas and I rarely hear about any “good guy with a gun” stopping a “bad guy.” It happens, but it doesn’t happen nearly as often as terrible accidents and other tragedies involving guns.
This is one of the biggest problems in this country when it comes to guns. It’s not that we’re allowed to own them, it’s that the entire debate has been hijacked by gun fanatics and the NRA to such a point that we can’t even have a rational discussion about them. Thousands of people die every year due to gun violence and these clowns will look at you with a straight face and tell you that guns have nothing to do with gun violence – despite the fact that countries with much stricter gun laws have a fraction of the gun violence that we have.
If the saying “more guns make us safer” were actually true, we’d be the safest country in the world – but we’re not. In fact, reality shows us that the fewer guns a country has, the safer those citizens are from falling victim to gun violence.
But as long as we continue to have idiots like Tennessee state Rep. Glen Casada acting as nothing but paid shills for the NRA and big gun manufacturers, we’re never going to get anywhere in this country when it comes to finding real solutions to our rampant problem with gun violence.
Watch the video below via TNReport.com (the discussion about accidents and “acts of God” begins around 12:30):