A lot of people have different opinions on gun control. Since certain ideological viewpoints are perceived to exist on the left and right paradigm we
often neglect to ask ourselves about the motives and view points of people who we perceive as opposites on the political spectrum.
As a liberal myself I will attempt to explain my biggest arguments for gun control.
1. My biggest concern is the behavior of the most prominent people in support of basically everyone having a gun. "If someone broke into my house, I
would blow them away! " I hear that a lot more than I really thought I ever would. Or talking about rising up against the United States government and
going on and on about how there is so much oppression in this country and they just want to blow a dude away.
You can't deny that certain people, especially on a site like this, do seem a bit bloodthirsty when they talk about their weaponry. It doesn't sound
very reasonable at all.
Also they seem to fantasize about themselves has some sort of action star from the 80s that's going to take down a tactical unit or something
single-handedly... I think that's a whole nother thread though.
2. Obviously we are talking about weaponry here and the whole concept pretty much boiling down to the question " should you be able to end my life at
any time, just because?" Heh, not sure I feel comfortable with that idea. As a general rule I enjoy existing.
3. I've heard people quoting Einstein a lot lately . And while I haven't checked on the veracity of the quote I appreciate the thought, but it really
shouldn't be necessary in this situation. Obviously there is an issue in this country with the shootings and I think gun-control is a reasonable thing
to be discussing. The Republicans seem to be wanting to talk about mental health, which is fine, but they don't seem to have any ideas on what to do
And as a follow-up, do you think the Republican Party actually has any interest in helping those with mental health issues? Or do you think they are
just using the issue to deflect attention away from the growing number of people that are unsatisfied with our nations gun-control laws?
4a. There is a good chance many of you have heard argument that is saying " even without guns, people would still kill." And while I think that is
true I do not think that is an argument in favor of no gun-control. The logic does not follow.
If guns, knives, spears, swords and halberds were on the same level then we wouldn't have guns to begin with. Guns are obviously very effective at
killing people, very little effort and skill on the part of the wielder. Duh, would gun owners even like them if they only stunned?
4b. The following argument is " guns aren't dangerous , it's people that kill people. " There is one big gaping flaw. Just because something is not
human does not mean it is not capable of harming you. For instance asbestos has no consciousness, does that mean it not dangerous?
Avoiding things that are dangerous is literally the entire point of our existence. We Take precautions every day to make sure that we and the people
around us are as safe as possible. It comes down to the question "do I think that you should be able to channel kinetic energy in such a way that it
can instantly end my life?"
What if everybody had some sort of device installed in their brain that instantly killed them and everyone else was given free control to use that
device whenever they thought it was necessary? Would you support that?
edit on 6/10/15 by masqua because: removed all caps from title