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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wayne's World: Lets Talk About Good Guys and Bad Guys

In his famous speech shortly after Sandy Hook, Wayne Lapierre was adamant that guns were the answer because,

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,"

I don't think many of us agree with that. 
The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to take his gun away so he doesn't have one. That is the best way.
But let's say, for arguments sake that we did agree with Wayne's statement. Doesn't that mean that we would be much better off if we made some sort of attempt to keep the guns out of the "bad guys" hands? The odds are a lot better for anyone if they have a gun and the criminal doesn't. I think even the NRA would agree with that.
The odds are even greater that a good guy doesn't have to stop a "bad guy" with a gun because the "good guy" doesn't need the gun to stop him. In that scenario, nobody gets shot.
Therefore, wouldn't a background check remove at least a certain amount of the guns from the bad guys?
I would tend to think it would. Not all guns, because certainly some criminals can get illegal guns. We are not so naive as to think background checks will stop criminals from having guns. So, it only follows that if the NRA wants to keep the guns out of the hands of the "bad guys", then they would be for background checks, not against them. 
If the NRA really wanted to use their significant clout, they would bully politicians to then make a law that committing a crime with a gun that is not legal carries very significant jail time, relative to what it currently does. Bad guys who are in jail can't bother good guys who aren't. For me, that would be at minimum a life sentence, and I would even be inclined to say a death sentence. Even if they don't shoot the gun or injure anyone. The fact that they are willing to carry a gun when the law of the people has said they cannot should be reason enough to take away all of their freedom.
I think most of us right thinking humans know who the "bad guys" are in this whole mess. Wayne Lapierre and the radical, misguided morons. And I don't include most of the people who are for guns in that group of morons. Because even most of those people want background checks and would have no problem with them because they would pass. I think even a big portion of those in the NRA would be in favor of the background checks.
Instead, they use their clout to bully politicians, who were elected to represent the people, into serving the NRA and not the people who elected them. How un-American is that?
Since the NRA leadership doesn't actually believe this, I guess all we can say to Wayne and the people is his world is, 

                              "Party on, Wayne"

The killing will continue. The gun deaths will continue. The big gun companies will continue to get rich. The bad guys will still have the guns. And the good guys will still mostly not have a fucking chance to stop any of it. Because while the bad guys are entering your home with guns they should not have, you likely will not be able to get to your gun before they do. They know they are coming. You don't. Letting them have a gun is just giving them that much more of an advantage.

But then, Wayne, you don't really care about that.

"Mama, just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger now he's dead."

Easy come, Easy go.

1 comment:

  1. It seems to me that the argument the NRA brass is making is a lot like trying to prevent forest fires by making matches and Zippos more readily available. There is a real disconnect between these mouth-breathers and the actual members of the NRA.


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