I've come to know a few things about ATS over the years. The main one is never get involved with threads about gun laws...
I'm going against my better judgement here.
So, I think (from an outsiders perspective) improved
gun laws really might need addressing. The biggest problem is that from the moment every
American is born they are told 'woooooo pewpewpew guns are what makes us free'. It is no different than religion in that sense (kinda). If I tell a
Christian 'you can't have a god', they will get very defensive and upset. You were taught that from parent to parent, it was also once okay to have
slaves. So would change be the end of the world?
Now I don't blame all the pro-gunners for their stance, from day dot they have heard and honed every possible argument to keep 'big bertha 60 bullets'
at their sides. So I can understand why smithjustinb's pro-gun stance is popular (in regards to stars). That's fine, you were all brought up that
way and when the world thinks about americans, we rightly or wrongly think along the lines 'loud, brash, self centered and gun toting'. 'Free' also
used to be one of those.
Again, from my outsider's perspective I see some major problems in the US. As your population has gotten its hands on more higher powered guns with
bigger clips, someone else has started to poop their trousers. The cops. And it has turned into a major problem.
If I was a police officer in the US, man, I'd probably go slightly nuts with the fear too. Obviously your cops have nothing left of their nerves and
have resorted to pulling the biggest guns necessary and shooting first and yelling 'freeze' after. You are all terrified of them, that makes me so
incredibly sad at how far down the slope of 'serve and protect' the police have fallen. 'Serve and protect themselves' is now more accurate.
And then all same people complain that the police force have gone mental with too much fire-power.... 'huh?'
You're damn right the cops are out of control. But is it any wonder when every slightly odd 18 year old with a twitching left eye gets a little
upset, especially when every tv show and movie glamorises guns and makes them so readily available? That's where all these high powered guns take
center stage, the intent of them has been hijacked. No longer are they for some mythical "revolution" that (lets face it) is about 30 years overdue
anyway. Anyone who tries to start a revolution with a gun is just going to be seen as unhinged and be shot by police. The ideals of weapons has long
been broken by the arms race against the police. Both parties are responsible for the mess its all in.
Any word against somebodies deepest beliefs can cause major problems in certain circumstances. If you tell the wrong ISIL member that you only
believe in the flying spaghetti monster, he is going to lop your head off to protect his
god. And some guys just have too much testosterone
and it floods the system especially if someone threatens their biggest held beliefs. So I understand 'take it from my cold dead hands', but maybe
it's time to hold hands as a nation and bring about some bigger changes? (I can hear about a 1000 pistol hammers (cocks are they?) being clicked back
I know it is terribly unpopular to have this opinion on ATS, but I really wish the Second Amendment said something along the lines of this;
"Should 80% of a States population mass peacefully in the capital, it will be known there is no longer confidence in who governs and a new system or
party is to be formed". Or something along them lines, I'm not a law writing speech, person... But you get my drift I hope. Imagine how much better
things would be. Would it work? In my head it does, in reality, I'm not sure. I would hope so that the willingness for peaceful resolutions would
be stronger than a bubbling and boiling blood lust.
Would that make the US a little less on edge and so trigger happy? Would not the police force then only need small handguns to uphold the law? I
understand the need now
because the police have turned into the militarised force you see today, but boy oh boy do I wish it were different.
I lived in the Bayous for a while and therefore do understand the need for hunting rifles there, that's why some concessions obviously would be
needed. Country areas with dangerous (realistic) animal threats that cannot be reasonably expected to be handled by some kind of animal control team
would allow hunting rifles. But I'd love to see them have to be left behind once you're in a built up city.
But none of that will ever happen, nobody can take away your guns now. I understand why the pro firearms are the way they are and don't expect to
ever see change in my lifetime sadly. Some people do however manage to give up their gods. Change is possible.
Anyways, that's my thoughts - I'm sure there are already 60 well thought out retorts and don't expect to change anybodies mind, but you never know so
it was worth a try
I'd like to actually hear more about this politician rather than this whole thread be about his gun stance.
(edit, I'm so sorry for this entire essay, I didn't realize just how overly long this was so. TLDR
; Guns woo or boo? I lean to boo, because
the fuzz goes 'woohoooo' to match the 'woowoopewpew' of the people.)
edit on 1-11-2014 by Qumulys because: (no reason given)