The pen is mightier than the sword, and the keyboard lets me write far away from all the guns. Which I did! Behold bonus material cut from the original for length. Eighth and eight-point-fiveth idiotic arguments against gun control:
We’re Going to Get Shot Anyway
When confronted with ludicrous levels of directly gun related death — to the point where the FBI homicide tables are broken by state and type of gun, with only a single column for “other weapons” — some people attempt to sound reasonably by saying there are too many people with guns out there to tackle. Which is the exact opposite of the point of having a government in the first place. If American responded to fires the same way they responded to shootings, they’d legalize flamethrowers and defund the fire department.
It’s a remarkable strategy. Recognizing that you could be shot at any time because of countless lethal weapons floating around without any regulation and thinking “Well, better get started!” But “we’re fucked anyway, might as well volunteer for ten more shots” only works for a night out drinking, not with lethal weaponry.
A government which doesn’t ban guns shouldn’t be allowed to ban anything. Especially drugs. At least then people are only shooting up themselves, and enjoy the experience.
Target shooting is just practicing to get better at people shooting. If people truly cared about only the competitive aspect all those billions of dollars would be going into developing paint pellets better balanced than Concorde’s nosecone. If we weren’t still suffering from an obsolete chunk of tribally murderous human brain then pellets and laser tag would be enough for everyone. In fact if guns worked like laser tag, where they could only hit other people wielding the same weapons, then we wouldn’t have a problem. After a few years nobody would have any problems.
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In fairness, target shooting is a *moderately* legit reason to own guns. That’s a reason you’re allowed to own guns even in Australia.
… so long as you’re competing regularly, your firearms are stored in an approved gun safe when not being used, and this only applies to specific types of slow-firing guns used for competition shooting. You must use your club’s guns at first for a probation period before you get to have one of your own.
And what this often gets you is an Airsoft pistol.
It definitely lines up with “There is no sane reason on Earth for even semi-automatic fire.”
I still hold that if it was only about target shooting skill then air rifle pellets and improved paintballs would be enough for anyone. There’s an awful bit of the brain that enjoys the lethal power.
If you haven’t experienced Maher’s commentary on this, take five minutes and laugh your ass off:
Keep writing luke