Posts Tagged ‘Gun control’

Disbelief 101 front coverby Christ Edwards, author of Disbelief 101 (as S.C. Hitchcock) and Spiritual Snake Oil

In most states, you must register hand guns used for self-defense. The government cannot tell you not to have a gun; they just want to know that you have it. If you use a non-registered gun for self-defense, the government gets mad, not because you used a gun, but because you didn’t tell them you had it in the first place. So if the police show up after you’ve shot a man they will ask you more questions about whether or not you told somebody that you had the gun than about the actual shooting. If you told some government body about your gun, it will probably be okay that you shot someone. If you didn’t tell them about it, it probably won’t.

This is too confusing. I’m not going to carry a registered gun. I’m going to carry a registered sex offender instead. If I feel threatened, I’ll say something like “Back off dude, or Dave will molest you.”

If the police show up after Dave molests my hypothetical assailant, I’ll say “It’s okay, he’s registered.”

Because of the way the word “registered” is used in conjunction with guns, some people think it’s synonymous with “licensed.” They must think that registered sex offenders went through some kind of training. When they hear “this man is a registered sex offender,” they must think he passed a test with questions like “What is the best way to lure a child off the playground?” A. By using candy B. By posing as a long lost uncle C. By bringing Transformers D. By using a lasso.

The phrase “sex offender” itself is odd. What it should mean is someone who offends sex. We don’t call people who commit crimes with guns “gun offenders.” And just how can one offend sex or guns?

Shouldn’t people who commit sex and gun crimes be called “victim offenders”?

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I’m against it.

Yeah, there are 20,000 or 30,000 pointless deaths every year because idiots have access to deadly weapons, but do you really want to give the government a monopoly on deadly force?

They already have near-total immunity for murders committed by the  police (abetted by the FBI — see Fred Hampton and Mark Clark), and do you really want to give up one of the few things that would give you a fighting chance if the shit ever really hits the fan?

My best friend, Randy Oliver, who died just over a decade ago, was an ex-army lifer, an armorer. (Also a bassist, who I played with for many years.) He was an extreme right-wing survivalist type, with a huge distrust of the government — with good reason: he was an Apache (pictured at left on the photo on the top of the page). We agreed about politics 90% of the time. As he put it, he was a “right-wing wacko” and I was a “left-wing wacko.” But we agreed most of the time. What drew us together was anti-authoritarianism — the belief that no one should tell us how to run our lives.

One of the things he told me before he died was that to have a fighting chance against the government you need four things:

  • communications
  • body armor
  • infrared sight
  • a semi-automatic or full-automatic assault weapon

This is why I find the Democrats’ proposals to ban assault weapons so abhorrent. Assault weapons only account for about 1% of gun deaths in this country, yet they seem the focus of the PC left’s assault on the Second Amendment.

As for handguns, I have women friends who carry them. It might give them a false sense of security, but it gives them a sense of security. Do you want to take that away from them? Yes, ban handguns and the number of gun deaths would fall sharply. But some of my friends might get raped. Statistically, that’s not likely, but do you really want to deny them the chance to defend themselves in the most effective way possible?

My friends are sharply divided on what type of weapon to buy. Some advocate AR-15s, some advocate AK-47s. But the point is, buy an assault weapon now–with at least a thousand rounds of ammo. While you still can.

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What can we do about gun violence? A very good first step would be to stop drug prohibition. Make drugs legal. All of them. Take the profit out of them, and you’d cut the cartels at the knees. Probably three-quarters of property crime and half of gun violence would vanish overnight. (Smokers, hooked on a drug more addictive than heroin, don’t mug people to get the money to buy tobacco.) If you doubt this, look at what’s happened in Portugal since they legalized drugs 15 years ago.

People abuse drugs because their lives are miserable. Making their lives more miserable–as the government now does–is not a solution to this problem.

So, legalize drugs — then look at why daily life is so miserable for so many people that they find drug use and abuse an attractive option. And then do something about it.