Let me say upfront that many will cement their view of me as an asshole after this rant. Let me also say that I have not seen anyone, anywhere put forth anything close to the following. Meaning you are fortunate to have the benefit of my genius.
The Washington Post had an opinion piece today calling for the outlawing of military type weapons, opining that they are not protected by the Second Amendment. This is pure sophistry. The Second Amendment was designed to assure that we had the means to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government via revolution as they had just done. The Second Amendment was not put in place to protect hunting and fishing. The Second Amendment as intended would protect all of us having fully automatic assault weapons. However, even if that was allowed, it would be meaningless today. A fascist or socialist government, and I see no difference, would still have the ability to subdue us. We don’t have tanks and jets and missiles etc.
Now that is not the point of this rant. The same WAPO piece listed all the mass shootings since Columbine, and you know that the WAPO is never wrong or biased. In this case as you will see, I actually believe they are right because they would never underreport mass shootings. According to WAPO, since Sandy Hook in December 2012 and the recent Parkland shootings, there was only one other school shooting — the Oregon Community College shootings in 2015 with 9 killed. Adding the 17 or maybe it’s 19 now deaths we’re talking maybe 30 shooting deaths over a 5 year period.
They’re over 70 million of our kids in K through 12 and colleges and universities. The odds of a school kid being killed by a mass shooting is extremely close to zero. Their odds of being struck by lightning according to NOAA are about one in a million every year, much greater than being shot at school. So why are these snowflakes demanding ineffective action, because they are being used by their socialist/liberal teachers to attack our constitutional rights. These students are clueless. If you’re seriously scared to go to school because it’s much safer than lightning, you have serious problems.
Now, just to be clear, I would be devastated if one of my kids were among the dead. But I wouldn’t go off half cocked demanding meaningless actions and laws just for the hell of it. Anymore than if my kid was killed in a car accident or by a drunk driver. I would not campaign to outlaw cars or alcohol. That’s stupid. And when radical Muslims used trucks to run down innocent people in several recent events, neither I nor the left called for trucks to be banned. Or when the radical Muslim in Minnesota attacked people with a knife neither I nor the left called for knives to be banned.
The point here is how much of your freedom and liberty are you willing to give up for no difference in outcome. More extensive background checks sounds appealing, but it’s just one more vulnerable government database available to those who would exploit it. All my data was already stolen in the OPM hack.
Another point I want to make about the WAPO piece is that they listed Fort Hood and San Bernardino and the Pulse night club as gun issues. So according to the Post when a person yelling Allahu Akbar murders innocents for radical Islam, it’s the gun not the religion at issue.
People, let’s get real. Anyone reading this, if they went nuts, could easily get a weapon and go to a soft target — a school or a mall or a church or a concert — and kill a lot of people. Not a pleasant fact but true. Nothing proposed would have stopped the Las Vegas shooter from getting his weapons. The banning of bump stocks may have had some affect on the tragedy but wouldn’t have prevented it.
Let’s take a minute and stop letting the tail wag the dog, or in this case, the flea on the tail of the dog. I saw a great tweet yesterday on I think Tucker Carlson which said something like let’s ban all guns and that will take care of the problem, after all we banned drugs and that took care of that problem. Folks criminals will always have access to guns and so will any nutcase who really wants them. Remember in this country, the states with the strictest gun laws have the highest rates of gun violence. And as a closing point, just to punch a hole in the liberal dream, when Australia essentially confiscated guns through a compelled buy back program, gun violence increased by ten percent.