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Why Do Gun Control Arguments Boil Down to Silly Analogies

I read a quote on Casey Bisson’s blog of a quote from Andy Skelton’s blog. It went like this: “Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars.”

A more proper analog would be that gun control is like trying to make it harder for drunk people to drive cars. Or even better, gun control is like trying to make sure people can drive safely before giving them a driver’s license. Of course that doesn’t sound so crazy so it is a lot harder to make gun control seem like a bad thing.

Personally, I think that gun ownership is stupid. Guns don’t stop crime and all it takes is looking at other countries with strict gun laws to see what the result is. It isn’t defenseless families killed by maniacs, but a safer country to live in with less violent crime. If people insist on owning guns then that is their choice, but as a country everyone in the US should take a stand and say certain people should never be allowed to buy guns: over the internet, if they have any history (ever) of mental sickness, or if they have ever been arrested. These three rules alone would likely decrease violent crime. What I find most interesting about the analogy is that it hits on something I believe people should consider, and that is that gun ownership should be a privilege just like a driver’s license is.

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Republican & NRA Humor

I know, wouldn’t it be funny to joke about a presidential candidate getting shot? Mike Huckabee sure thinks so. During his NRA speech he made a distasteful joke about someone pointing a gun at Obama. The “funny” part of the joke being that the pointed gun caused Obama to hit the floor for cover. Huckabee seemed to want to imply that Obama was somehow chicken-shit. I’d like to see Huckabee stand in front of a stranger pointing a loaded gun at him. It isn’t funny. This is what the NRA is, mostly crazy gun-toting jerks laughing about shooting people.

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