I've made it no mystery that I adore the so-called "gun-control" debate. That's not because it's a debate. It's hardly anything of the sort. I adore it because it exposes deep feelings, harsh realities of life and lunacies To myself, it's the 'debate' that is of interest. Both camps, armed as they are with pseudo-facts and pride and bullets and hubris, claim the moral high ground and wail almost incessantly about the lack of respect that they so obviously deserve, when very few on either side have earned any sympathy or empathy at all. Both sides, because there seem to be only two, call for Reason while offering every dodge, hustle, intimidating threat and stupid factoid available. There is little reason to be had, and I adore that for the simple amusement of it all.
I work with a man whom I respect a great deal who believes very simply that we should only be allowed manual action rifles and shotguns for hunting and defense of stock. There is no debate with him, no defense of holy rights or talk of 'efficiency' in putting holes in crap, or any political action to defend his view. Simply put, if he were dictator for a day, he would establish law that we not have the best means to kill ourselves and others. I respect his view because it's reasonable, if unrealistic. He doesn't have to defend his view because it makes perfect sense, even in the modern world. That it won't happen is beside the point. He is reasonable about what would work to protect humans from themselves and others.
I haven't a doubt that some gun advocates reading this will be all butt-puckered about what I just wrote. "You can't have that, and you don't have the right and TYRANNY!" they would scream. ~sigh~ That doesn't make their side of the debate any more reasonable, just more shrill. It isn't reasonable at all. We aren't having a 'reasonable discussion', and likely won't. Both sides want what they want, and will engage in any amount of intimidation, manipulation and silliness to get it.
Trust a self-described "comedy website" to be reasonable about this shouting match.
The points are simple:
1) People who profit manipulate your sorry ass.
2) No one really knows why nuts let loose with firearm destruction, and some have an interest in keeping it that way.
3) Gun control would help solve a whole big bunch of gun deaths.
4) Too many people on both sides talk shit about what they don't understand, and
5) Guns are toys, not tools. Outragasms don't address anything other than fear. Stop that bullshit.
This isn't rocket surgery. It's a cultural problem, not a gun problem. There are things we could do, like background checks. But the arguments against those are always handy ... TYRANNY!!!! As long as this 'debate' exists, I will continue to enjoy the silliness. Hey, it's what I do. But I sincerely hope that we come out of it a better country, and a better species.