Let’s face it: America’s addiction to guns is literally killing us. These addicts buy, sell, collect, and fetishize firearms with intense passion. This passion is fueled by misinterpretations of the Second Amendment, absurd fantasies of valiantly defending their homeland against government tyranny, and racist/xenophobic feelings towards certain groups of people. Oh, and many of them just have a seriously fucked-up desire to feel powerful and kill stuff.
And here we go again: dozens of lives (this time in Orlando) snuffed out by a guy with a gun he never should have been able to get his hands on. The arguments on social media defending his right to own that particular weapon are especially galling. But how else should we expect addicts to respond? If you’ve had experience with someone battling an addiction to alcohol, meth, etc. you know exactly what’s happening here. The addiction will do whatever is necessary to protect itself. It will make excuses, it will lie, it will say literally anything to ensure that the pleasure from the substance never ceases.
This is why you have rambling gun-apologetics articles like this one, where you can practically hear the excitement in his voice as he breathlessly describes in absurd detail why the AR-15 makes the perfect weapon for mass killing and how awesome that is…though of course murder is bad and stuff. That’s pure addiction talking there: well-worded and logically presented, but still absolutely and selfishly clinging to the thing that brings him so much pleasure. It’s a sickness, folks.
Look, in my 20-ish years online I’ve wasted countless hours wading through diatribes from gun zealots defending their right to own military-grade weapons. They’ll even split hairs about what “assault weapon” means, or what “militia” means, desperately trying to distance their worship of these dick-replacements from the latest massacre of innocents. And you know you’ve run into a gun addict when their first reaction to any comment supporting gun control is what I call the WALL OF TEXT: five or six dense paragraphs of run-on sentences detailing why they should be able to own any weapon they choose and how dare you repress my God-given right to own a AR-15 and the Founding Fathers totally said we should have ’em and by the way fuck Obama he wants my guns and he can’t have ’em praise Jesus vote Trump. Seriously, this is what they do. I see it every time we have another massacre…which is now weekly.
And honestly, I’ve had enough of their bullshit so I no longer engage them in debates. No amount of linguistic gymnastics can justify the ownership of these weapons. No amount of microscopic examination and reinterpretation of the Second Amendment makes it morally acceptable to allow anyone to purchase one, especially someone on the FBI’s terror watchlist (like the Orlando shooter was). Not when we’ve got massacres happening weekly in this country, some involving children…something even the rifle-strokers have to admit wasn’t envisioned by our Founding Fathers. These particular guns are made specifically to kill as many people as possible in a very short time, and nothing more. It’s all over their marketing materials, even.
Yes, we should still fix the laws that allow dangerous people to get these weapons, but making them harder or impossible to get ahold of will definitely help as well. Of course, when presented with actual data from around the globe showing that gun control works, they glaze over and claim it’s just the leftist commie agenda trying to take their precious people-killers. That’s the addiction talking again. Have you ever tried reasoning with an alcoholic who doesn’t actually want to change? I have. It’s pretty much a waste of time.
Can’t we build some rehab facilities for these people? Maybe lock them up for a few weeks and make them watch newsreels of gun violence aftermath and the families ripped apart by it. Make them go to group meetings where people talk about their irrational attraction to these steel instruments of killing. I mean, there’s gotta be something we can do to treat this sickness.
It’s just a fantasy of mine, of course. The problem is far too widespread and the worship of firearms is too deeply embedded in our culture for any significant changes to the gun laws to happen, but a man can dream. (That’s me, always looking on the bright side!)