We Cannot Stop Gun Violence With Prayers, Or More Guns

Law enforcement personnel stood near a police line at The Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting in Lafayette, La., on Thursday. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser)

Law enforcement personnel stood near a police line at The Grand Theatre following a deadly shooting in Lafayette, La., on Thursday. (Paul Kieu/The Daily Advertiser)

This past Thursday, in the movie theater my family and I usually go to see movies at, a man opened fire during a showing of the movie “Trainwreck.” Three people, including the shooter, were killed and four people remain in local hospitals. The community is still in shock, and it will be a long time before things return to normal here in Lafayette, Louisiana.


As soon as the news broke, many people began to utter the same old line about guns and prayer. Almost every remark about our nation’s horrific epidemic of gun violence was shouted down by fanatics who clucked that it was inappropriate to insert politics into the tragedy, while gun extremists Ted Nugent and Allen West showed up on Saturday to make sure they got their press time blaming the individual instead of guns before making a scheduled appearance at an outdoor show in town. Even our often-absent governor Bobby Jindal said that this wasn’t the time to talk about gun violence and said that we should all pray instead.

Jindal spoke of the desperation we feel “when there’s no real good reason why this evil should intrude on the lives of families just out for a night of entertainment.” He is a master of gallows humor. Because between the idea and reality, the motion and act, falls the shadow of systemic inaction. As if these killers acted without tools, and as if people like Bobby Jindal do not labor to make those tools both widely available and unaccountable, ghosts within the system just as instantaneously as their victims become. Bobby Jindal has already decided that nothing else can be done — indeed, that God himself divinely ordained an inerrant amended parchment to forbid anything else to be done. So what we can do now is pray. (Source)

Last night, not far from where I attended the Bernie Sanders rally in New Orleans, a gunman stepped out of a vehicle and opened fire with an assault rifle in a park full of kids – at least four people were wounded, one critically. Apparently all of the praying and guns in Louisiana didn’t help then, or on Thursday in Lafayette, or in Charleston last month.

Every time we witness yet another horrific incident of gun violence, we’re told once again that now is the time to pray and buy more guns instead of talking about what we as a country should do to deal with this epidemic. It’s always the same answer: more guns and more religion. If those two things were the cure for the problems we face, Louisiana should be the safest place in America, but it isn’t.

The gunman in the Lafayette shooting had an extensive history of mental illness and bizarre behavior that should have had him confined to a mental hospital. Instead, he was able to purchase a cheap .40 caliber Hi-Point in an Alabama pawn shop back in February 2014, a weapon he would use to fire 20 rounds inside of a dark theater last Thursday. John Russell Houser should never have been able to get his hands on a weapon, but he did anyhow. Even if the pawn shop in Alabama had refused to sell him the handgun, he could have gone to any number of gun shows where private sellers will sell a wide range of firearms to individuals in cash transactions, no paperwork and no questions asked. I know this as a fact since the Savage .243 bolt-action coyote rifle I own was purchased in one of these very transactions at a gun show, right here in Lafayette.


Obviously, I have nothing in my past that would prevent me from passing a background check, something I had to do recently when purchasing a Smith and Wesson handgun from a sporting goods store. But if I was a person like Houser who was angry at the world and determined to take it out on innocent movie patrons, I could very well purchase a weapon with cash through a private seller at a gun show, or even through a Facebook gun group.

You can pray until you’re blue in the face and buy guns until you’re broke, but neither of these actions will stop our ongoing problem with gun violence. We have to address the problem that it is too easy for a disturbed person to purchase a weapon, along with the fact that much of our gun violence is rooted in the social safety net which has been absolutely gutted by years of conservative policies. Individuals like Houser who would have been committed to a mental institution for years instead of weeks a few decades ago now roam the streets and sit with handguns in movie theaters, thanks in part to Ronald Reagan. Gun fanatics like to say that we have a mental health problem and not a gun problem, but they’re completely unwilling to fund the hospitals many of these shooters should have been in.

Then again, if America can respond to 20 elementary school students being gunned down in their classrooms in Sandy Hook with little more than calls for additional prayer and guns, we’re too morally bankrupt and bound by gun lobby propaganda to do anything the next time it happens.



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  • OMGface

    All of the above = givens for anyone with a brain and free of emotional pathology. Trouble is, there appears to be a far too big contingency comprising humans without either emotional health or the brains to do firs,t identify that, and then, do something about it.

    • Will

      I’m sure that boatloads of money from certain lobbies has something to do with that 🙂

      • OMGface

        Totally! But this, at least on paper, is still a DEMOCRACY. People need to get off their butts and participate proactively…starting with mid term elections. What I see every day, makes me feel yet again, someone put some hallucinogen in my cannoli…I am tired of my little head exploding, it messes up my HAIR, OK?

        We gotta FIX campaign finance reform…despite what the replicant contingency on the Court did on that.

      • Charles Vincent

        We are not a democracy. Democracy is mob rule. We are and have always been a constitutional republic.

      • OMGface

        That is correct.

  • Will

    Very true. While ultimately the person pulling the trigger is responsible for their actions, obviously the way we have been doing things ISN’T WORKING. If you don’t change the system, you’ll continue to get the same results. I am also a gun owner, so I understand that there is a safe and responsible place for firearms in this country. However, there needs to be a system that allows only responsible, stable citizens to own them. I have been to gun shows in Illinois like the ones Manny mentioned. You aren’t supposed to sell guns with no paperwork or checks, but I would bet any money it happens all the time.

    • OMGface

      See thing is…..this is a mindset of personal terror and defenses against that. My take is unless and until we address that, everything else will be a bandaid.

  • amersham46

    Guns and prayer are too deep;y rooted in America ,,,,,, innocent will get gunned down and strangers will pray for them,,,

    • kungfuchewy

      Your part of the problem not the solution when your ignorance prevents you from understanding the truth, you should be part of obama’s program to get rid of guns by saying certain groups are mentally unfit, you will fit right and be a pretty sheep for them to lead.

      • noah vail

        excuse me but your insanity is showing

      • David Collins

        what is more insane than disarming law abiding citizens against criminals and tyrants? Remember the criminals Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler and the Turks. Remember their hundreds of millions disarmed victims?

  • Charles Vincent

    Problem is Manny, guns don’t cause violence and they never have. Why don’t you open your eyes and look at actual causes of violence. For instance poverty is a cause of violence. The war on drugs causes violence. And if you look at prohibition you would see the same trends that are seen in the war on drugs. Coincidentally gang crime is the largest portion of homicide in the U.S..

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      I love how you pretend to know anything about places in the US other than your hick town. You are the epitome of a “mental midget”.

      • Charles Vincent

        Awe the trolls must not be getting attention. And. City with a population of 150k is hardly a “hick” town. But it’s adorable when you speak about things which you know nothing about.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I still can’t figure out why you troll liberal sites other than that it is you who needs the attention.

      • Charles Vincent

        It isn’t trolling when I provide factual data that you have been unable to refute. Keep crying chief.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Guns nuts will never be convinced that guns are a problem, despite countless cases of mass murder committed by gun wielidng nut jobs. They may not “cause” violence but they certainly facilitate death when they are used against human beings.

    Only the truly stupid advocate doing nothing or adding more guns to the problem and then praying after the fact. It’s like trying to put out a fire by adding gasoline and then asking for prayers when your house burns down.

    Every other first world country knows the solution except the US. Too bad we are a country run by cowards and stupid people.

    • Bill Wallace

      Another childish poster with no facts, just childish insults. Despite what the liberal media, and their steeple, the homicide rate in the U.S. Has been Declining for more than 20 years. Today’s homicide rate is Half of what it was in the early 1990s.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        how do you stop mass shootings Bill? Tell us your solution.

      • Zondar

        How do you “stop” them?

        You don’t. Any more than you “stop” vehicle accident deaths or crosswalk deaths.

        Now… how do you ‘reduce’ them? You look for commonalities between the events and you go after that.

        What is one factor that we actually *can* deal with that stands out amongst almost all the mass shooters?

        A history of mental health issues. But there’s a problem.

        The ACLU has been suing states for publishing data on mental health to databases or for releasing any sort of mental health data.

        If you want progress on this issue, you’re going to have to take on the ACLU.

        As for Australia, the NCPA published a really nice piece on how violent crime went up dramatically after their 1996 gun restrictions. And as for your 31K gun deaths… 61% of those are self-inflicted. Again, a symptom of mental health.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Vehicles have other uses, guns do not. Guns serve one purpose, killing. I agree, mental health issues are a problem that republicans choose to ignore, and are doing their best to ensure people do not have access to help unless they have deep enough pockets to afford it. I think you left out another common factor though, and that is the “gun”. There is almost zero risk mitigation when it comes to acquiring the “gun”. And I would prefer to go after the NRA first as the ACLU is not the problem here. I know that is a favorite boogey man of conservatives, but that is a red herring here. BTW, the NCPA is right wing quackery and strictly propaganda.

      • Zondar

        “Guns serve one purpose, killing.”

        So each and every time a police officer pulls out their gun, it is used to KILL someone?

        “I think you left out another common factor though, and that is the “gun”. ”

        I didn’t leave it out – because you think that if you just made the guns go away, all crime and death would too. Except that’s not how the real world works and you know it.

        I see instead of disputing the findings of the NCPA study, you choose to attack the source. I looked at the numbers myself – I went to the Australia Institute of Criminology.

        In 1996, the Australian government severely restricted guns.

        Robbery went up from 16372 incidents to 21305 incidents in one year and continued up until 2001 (26591 incidents). Is that what you really want?

        Sexual assault went up from 14542 incidents to 19171 incidents in 2004. Is that what you really want?

        But the most telling statistic? It’s the fact that overall murder rates didn’t drop faster than they did in the US. Both dropped at nearly the same rate.

        Now why is that? With no guns, people don’t have anything to kill other people with, homicides should have gone down dramatically.

        But they didn’t.

        Guns are used defensively 500K to 3 MILLION times a year – per Obama’s CDC report. That’s vs about 10K firearms homicides.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Other countries “have” and “do”. You have no idea.

      • Zondar

        What countries – North Korea?

      • Bill Wallace

        31,672 DEATHS due to guns. How nice of you to include suicides in a discussion of gun violence!!! The number of homicides committed by person using a firearm ( read gun violence) in 2013 was 8454. Less than the number of Americans killed in alcohol-related auto accidents. In fact the homicide rate in the U.S. has been DECLINING for more than 20 years. The current rate is HALF of what it was in the early 1990s!!

        Think people need gun to commit suicide? Japan has banned guns and has a homicide rate almost Double that of the U.S.

        Sure, let’s talk about Australia. Following there strict firearm laws Australia rose to NUMBER ONE in violent crimes amongst first world nations. They lead first world nations in assault and rapes. The UK rose to NUMBER TWO, after they left their population defenseless.

        If you admire those nations so much, feel free to move there. In the U.S., we value or freedom, our RIGHT to self- defense and a government afraid of the citizens.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        you obviously believe everything right wing rag sites feed you. There is no hope for you. Go back to breitbart. You are a prime example of a person who lives in a right wing bubble of mis-information.

      • Bill Wallace
    • Charles Vincent

      People were killing other people before firearms were invented that’s how we know guns aren’t the problem. But your pea brain can’t even comprehend that simple fact.

      Switzerland is a first world country and they have citizens who keep their military battle rifles and who sling them over thier back and ride through town to the gun range with them in full view. Yet another reason you are an ignorant fool.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Automatic weapons are BANNED in Switzerland. I agree with you, let’s start with their example and the laws the EU has in place which Switzerland very closely complies.

      • Flat Banana

        And you believe that automatic weapons here in the US are easy to acquire?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        yes. And they are ILLEGAL in most first world countries. And please don’t start getting into some overused ridiculous symantic argument about automatic vs semi-automatic…..that has been done over and over again by righties in an attempt to change the subject.

      • Flat Banana

        What makes you think automatic weapons here in the US are easy to acquire legally?

      • noah vail

        because ive seen it at gun shows right here in phoenix

      • Charles Vincent

        I don’t think you know the difference between semi auto and full auto, let alone how to inspect a firearm in order to discern the difference. More over the cost of buying a fully automatic weapon is quite prohibitive even if you have the right license.

      • Flat Banana

        You must not know the difference between semi-auto and auto. Just because it looks like a machine gun doesn’t mean it is.

      • kungfuchewy

        Before you open your mouth to speak, be intelligent enough to learn what your talking about before spouting out the stuff you’ve been feed or over heard.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You nut jobs are cracking me up here

      • noah vail

        unlike you , right , genius? you sound like someone stupid enough to date ann coulter…ROFLMAO

      • noah vail

        it’s not a belief it’s a reality…come to arizona, we have plenty of them for sale to any moron that wants one…oh, BTW we have plenty of moronic gun nuts here as well

      • kungfuchewy

        First of all, the U.S. is not EU the whole point of the U.S. was to not be EU but please pack up and move to EU we all will be happy.

        And good idea, let’s follow Switzerland and start training every American and issuing them guns! I like you your awesome

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I suggest you propose mandatory service. See how America likes that. Btw, I’m retired U.S. army so I’ll stay right where I am.

      • Charles Vincent

        DD-214 please.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        why in the hell would I ever show you that? And exactly how would I do that here? I know that you have no idea what you are talking about and that a DD 214 is just letters and numbers to you. I get it, you are trying to pretend like you know something but you really only read about it on wikipedia. Don’t pretend like you ever served or retired from the Armed Forces. Maybe if you wiki it, you can pretend like you did though…..

      • Charles Vincent

        Ha ha DD-214’s are the army discharge papers numb-nuts.

        http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/dd-214.html

        You act like the only way to know anything is to have been there that is sadly incorrect.

        “Don’t pretend like you ever served or retired from the Armed Forces.”

        I never claimed any such thing but i do however have my fathers discharge paperwork from his service in the army. Which I acquired from the local VA hospital.

        “why in the hell would I ever show you that? And exactly how would I do that here?”

        You are making the claim that you are retired army, so until you post proof via a screen shot of the documentation accompanied by your real name(Facebook page). It’s just another line of bullshit from an anonymous poster on the internet.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Hey dumbass, I am aware of what a DD 214 is….dear god you are stoopid. I know that you have no idea of what is really on a DD214 since you do not possess one. I do, and there is no way that anyone in their right mind would post that online. You are a total dipshit…my god you are stupid. Go back to wikipedia….

        You live in a ‘virtual’ reality where I actually have lived life. Hahaahaa……I don’t even know what to say anymore to you keyboard rangers…..hahahahahhah

      • Charles Vincent

        Well funny you should mention I don’t know what on one considering that the gov link actually lists what’s on one. More over I know what’s on one because I have my fathers dd-214.

        ” I do, and there is no way that anyone in their right mind would post their PII online. ”
        Well perhaps you should shut up about any supposed thing you have done in your life, like bragging that you’re ex military because here on the internet it means nothing. What does matter are verifiable facts.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I am not bragging kid, i was telling your moronic pal why I won’t be moving to Europe anytime soon while also providing context. And you are the one who is asking to see my DD 214 while implying that you know more than I do because you read something on wikipedia.

        And maybe you should shut your silly pie-hole because you’ve obviously done nothing in your life and for some strange reason, frequent liberal sites pretending like you know something because somebody taught you to copy and paste. You have no experiences to draw from but you pretend like you know everything and that is just a sad and pathetic way to live life. At this point, I’m trying to help you. Go make some friends and do something positive with your life. You are too young to be such a shut-in, bitter, asshole. Reality is nice. Try it out.

      • Charles Vincent

        Hmm it sure sounded like bragging when you said it to me a few months ago and it’s sounded like bragging every time you’ve said it since then. Your personal life is irrelevant here because you are an anonymous poster on the Internet. Moreover you make claims about others who have rejected and questioned your statements and like a child have displayed a total lack of maturity and have acted in a manner that’s childish and unlike how an actual military person would act. No your not trying to help me your making assumptions about things you don’t know. And you’re making a moral highground argument in an attempt to look good to win an argument that you are losing, and losing badly. Why don’t you stop embarrassing yourself and grow up.

      • noah vail

        and these are the “facts” you get from wikipedia? how lame are you?

      • Charles Vincent

        Well considering the .gov site and the wiki site say the same thing I would say your the moron here for continuing to lament about it. You idiots complain about sources even when it’s from a liberal so it doesn’t matter where the source of the facts comes from because you will cry and piss and moan about it because it doesn’t fit your ideological beliefs. You are a small person with a small intellect and an even more minuscule level of maturity.

      • noah vail

        you assume that everyone that doesnt agree with you must be a liberal…just because you think something doesnt make it right , or even smart,,,i think you’re running out of BS…time for you to go suck some more Koch..

      • Charles Vincent

        Actually I assume nothing, other than the obvious mental blocks people seem to have when they are shown factually that their position is in accurate. You see Noah stupid doesn’t discriminate its equal opportunity. when i think something its because I have seen facts that support how I think and believe. I am also not afraid to modify or completely change my view of things when or if facts change because of some new information that comes to light.

      • Charles Vincent

        You are an idiot
        “Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations. However, it is generally not permitted to keep army-issued ammunition (compatible ammunition purchased privately by the individual is still permitted); Switzerland thus has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world.[1] In recent times a minority of political opposition has expressed a desire for tighter gun regulations.[2] A referendum in February 2011 rejected stricter gun control.[3]”

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You are the idiot. Seriously….lol….your copy/paste shows just how little you know

      • Charles Vincent

        Awe copy paste doesn’t mean I don’t know nor does it make it less factual, and it ensures accuracy in my posts. Sorry you’re still an ignorant moron.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        LOL, all I can say is that the Library of Congress disagrees with you….BWAAAHAAAHAA… your ignorance is stunning.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yes wiki and a well cited page on Swiss gun laws.
        http://world.time.com/2012/12/20/the-swiss-difference-a-gun-culture-that-works/
        You’re still an ignorant moron, and I think the library of congress thinks you’re an idiot as well.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You would think the whole history of Swiss gun laws started in 2011 if anyone listened to you. I’ve got news for you kid, you don’t know what you don’t know. Just like most repulitards, you leave out so much that you miss the point.

      • Charles Vincent

        Hardly lol I think you have some cognitive dissonance there moron.

        “Even though Switzerland has not been involved in an armed conflict since a standoff between Catholics and Protestants in 1847, the Swiss are very serious not only about their right to own weapons but also to carry them around in public. Because of this general acceptance and even pride in gun ownership, nobody bats an eye at the sight of a civilian riding a bus, bike or motorcycle to the shooting range, with a rifle slung across the shoulder.”

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        have you ever been there? No? Then you really have no idea what you are copy/pasting. Travel for once.

      • Charles Vincent

        I don’t need to travel there I only need to do simple internet searches to find out what thier laws are historically, and now. That piece in time magazine is accurate and you choose to ignore it because it pokes holes all over in your assertion. So instead of admitting it you throw a tantrum like a two year old. Good luck being willfully ignorant dipshit.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        that’s right, you don’t need to travel ANYWHERE to know everything there is to know about a country and/or region of the world. You read about it on wikipedia, copy and paste and voila! You know even more than people who have been there on multiple occasions, shaken hands, tasted the food, smelled the air, talked to people….of course you do, you ‘read’ about it. The ignorance and arrogance of Americans like you is truly frightening, and just plain pathetic.

      • Charles Vincent

        Why should I? The information is but a few keystrokes away, and no less informative than traveling there. Wiki is accurate and they have multiple citations from which viewers can check accuracy and validity. Sorry chump you lose again.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        what a sad life you “live”. Keyboard ranger……lol

      • Charles Vincent

        Cry more your tears full my happiness machine moron.

      • noah vail

        and i’ll bet you tell people that you’re a “christian”…lmfao

      • Charles Vincent

        Actually I am agnostic way to ASSume something you don’t know like the moron you are.

      • Charles Vincent

        I presume when you say EU you are speaking of the European Union. Switzerland isn’t in the EU, you must be thinking of Sweden. Way to check your factual accuracy.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Member_State_of_the_European_Union

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You should change your name to Cpt wikipedia. Everything you learned, you learned from wikipedia….lol

      • Charles Vincent

        You should change your name to Factually challenged moron.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        sigh….learn to read and comprehed what I said, dumbass….

      • Charles Vincent

        “Automatic weapons are BANNED in Switzerland. I agree with you, let’s
        start with their example and the laws the EU has in place which
        Switzerland very closely complies.”

        You posted that, and it sure does look like you meant European Union. So either you did or you were equivocating. Which is it?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Also, when violence and gun related violence escalated in the 90s, Switerland tightened their gun regulations. So, once again I agree with you. It is past time to tighten ours and follow all of the Swiss laws that you admire.

      • Charles Vincent

        Gun politics in Switzerland are unique in Europe. The vast majority of men between the ages of 20 and 30 are conscripted into the militia and undergo military training, including weapons training. The personal weapons of the militia are kept at home as part of the military obligations. However, it is generally not permitted to keep army-issued ammunition (compatible ammunition purchased privately by the individual is still permitted); Switzerland thus has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world.[1] In recent times a minority of political opposition has expressed a desire for tighter gun regulations.[2] A referendum in February 2011 rejected stricter gun control.[3]

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        The wiki ranger….

      • Charles Vincent

        Would you like some vinegar and water and a mydol?

    • kungfuchewy

      Lack of morals, kids with no one teaching them or just letting them Rot in front of tv’s and video games, drugs , the government causing racial problems, people ignorant enough to think a inanimate object causes crime instead of the people who were raised with no morals, on drugs or should be in prison because of past crimes already are the problem, people like YOU are the problem.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Except this was going on well before video games and TV took over our collective consciousness

      • Allahu Akbar!

        No it really was not.Prior to Columbine how often did you hear about mass shootings?Liberalism is destroying peoples values and the result is people who no longer care about the consequences of their actions or the value of human life.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I suppose if I was as young as you I would assume Columbine was the beginning of everything….. do you try to be this stupid or does it come naturally to you.

      • noah vail

        it isnt liberalism thats the problem its RWNJs that put (worship) party dogma over the AMERICAN constitution…and then try to justify it all by preaching carefully selected verses from their book of religious mythology…

      • David Collins

        liberalism is not the problem only in the minds of deluded liberals.

    • David Collins

      Pro tyrant, big government nuts who are anti gun will never be convinced that guns and law abiding, but armed citizens are not a problem, despite countless cases of mass murder committed by governments, tyrants and criminals and the millions of crimes prevented or stopped by armed private citizens. Governments, tyrants and criminals “cause” violence and they certainly facilitate death when they are used against human beings.

      Such nuts think that disarming the people is the answer to crimes, tyrants and criminals.

      Only the truly stupid advocate taking away guns to solve the problem of criminal, Islamic and tyrant mass murder and then outlawing praying after the fact. It’s like trying to put out a fire by adding gasoline and then stopping prayers to the God Who listens and answers prayer, when your house burns down.

      Every intelligent person knows the solution to stopping crime, except those afflicted with the mental disorder of liberalism. Too bad we are a country run by cowards and stupid people like liberals, Obama, and the Supremes who vote against freedom and self defense rights.

      • The Klandidate

        Up the meds pal. Seriously

      • David Collins

        You seriously ‘upped’ your meds and you are still delusional and affected with the mental disorder of liberalism? Confession noted and also explains your harebrained comment. Thanks again.

      • The Klandidate

        You are not tethered to reality. Shoot me a note when you latch onto a coherent thought. Thanks.

      • David Collins

        Thanks. You do the same.

  • Allahu Akbar!

    Liberals like to call gun owners gun nuts, like it is some huge insult to those who exercise their 2nd amendments rights.We laugh at sheep like you.