Fuck this fucking article and it's writer and the horse they rode in on. Narcissistic clickbait bullshit.
We know that people who don't even have a history of suicide risk have a much greater chance of suicide due only to having access to a gun. We know this. People with a known history of risk all the more so. We know this already. It's like deciding to go test for yourself whether or not "this vaccine business" has anything to it. We know vaccines work. Or going out in your backyard and doing your own science if you can prove whether or not it's a good idea to drink bleach. Why trust real science when you can DIY, right, bro? Narcissistic twat.
We know that many, many, many intelligent people were raised around guns, have hunted, have been trained in firearms as part of the storied American gun heritage, or in the police, or in the military. They have fought in wars, and sometimes been shot, and sometimes they have shot at, and sometimes have killed people. It's not like we have ZERO examples of people who have been there and can tell you all about it. Memoirs and think pieces by these many many men and women who know all about this stuff exist in abundance.
I can sit here and tell you I've been there and done that and you can call me a liar because I'm some anonymous guy on the internet. Fair enough. Check the rest of the internet. Read books. Ask your librarian. Credible sources are everywhere.
This asinine gun kook argument that 'snowflake libs would melt in a puddle if they ever touched a real gun' is obviously bullshit. It doesn't cry out to be refuted because it has already been refuted since time immemorial.
Because these many, many, many men and women who know all about guns are intelligent, they will tell you that we must have gun control. Obviously! Because letting any fuckhead who wants a gun have whatever fucking gun he wants is fucking stupid. You don't need to know how it feels to carry a gun to grok that. But if have to ask, there are lots and lots and lots of trustworthy gun experts immersed in gun culture who can tell you that. The feeling of carrying a gun doesn't change that it's fucking stupid to let any fuckhead who wants one have a gun.
The reason gun kooks want free-for-all access to guns isn't because they know something everybody else doesn't know. It's because they're nihilists (nihilists like the alt-right, the racists, and most remaining Republicans) and because they're kooks.
This article is a stupid fucking stunt that answers questions that have already been answered and answer and answered. The only reason to do this jackass stunt is get attention and make it about yourself. Fuck you.
Been thinking about this story all day. This seems like a bad version of David Foster Wallace's "Consider the lobster" or "A Supposedly Fun Thing". Except that DFW never:
1) Walked around a street filled with poor drug addicted minorities, playing his own version of Dirty Harry.
2) Never put a gun in his mouth. for a fucking essay (Despite his struggle with depression that eventually ended his life).
What the fuck. You really think most people who are pro gun control haven't considered answers like "The right to drive isn't enshrined in the Bill of Rights, but gun ownership is." Hey Sean, the next step is to point out that FUCKING OWNING PEOPLE was once allowed by the laws of the land, that the constitution didn't consider women and minorities "people". But you know what, law's are fucking mutable.
Most people are pro some sort of gun control, but you know what, the fucking NRA has used racist fear to scare people into believing that "good god fearing american's" need guns. You know that fear and danger you where trying to find by walking on a street filled with poor, drug addicted minorities, that's the same fear that the NRA sells to prevent gun control. It's the same fucking fear that cops embrace when they shoot unarmed minorities. You know how those "good god fearing american's" say they need a gun to protect them and their family. Well, they're not picturing you, although as a white male with a gun you're statistically really fucking dangerous, they're picturing the people on yelser and 3rd that you made a point to walk by while packing. You know how those "good god fearing american's" say they need a gun to protect them from the government, otherwise the government is going to take their property and rights. Well, the last time the government took away mass "property" from white people was when it abolished slavery. The whole "I need to protect my property, my rights, and my family" is so fucking covered in racism, racism that you fucking embraced in this story.
Seriously, the Stranger should be ashamed of this. Imagine if any other newspaper decided to give a white male reporter a gun and told them to walk around in the area with a bunch of black drug addicts. You guys would lose your shit. Well fuck you.
I read the whole thing, so I suppose that's something. And so I'm reminded that:
Gun owners are several times more likely to take a bullet at some point than those who don't own a gun.
We greatly inflate our capacity for rationality and objectivity. Essentially, we are hairless chimps with cell phones. And in many cases, chimps with guns, too. The tragic results of this are all around.
A small fraction of any group of people is predisposed to violence in general and homocide in particular. We've made it exceptionally easy for these individuals to wreak tremendous havoc. This will continue unabated.
Americans are intrinsically paranoid. Lotsa white folks are convinced the government will be coming for them one of these days. And when they say "government," what they really mean is brown people. These rotund crackers have armed themselves for a race war.
The NRA has unwittingly done more for carbon mitigation than the most zealous advocacy group. Those many thousands of gun deaths each year equate to that much less carbon being spewed into the atmosphere. To the extent that these same victims' reproductive potential is curtailed, carbon reduction is furthered that much more.
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