Another week, another murderous rampage.
This has become pathetic, and our response to it has become equally pathetic. While Sandy, Kavon, and I were in Wisconsin this last week, part of the flotsam and jetsam of human waste decided to seek notoriety by killing a bunch of children.
Naturally, there was an immediate and visceral reaction to go after the tool the slob used. Just as the hoplophobes have become tired of civil rights activists “hiding” behind the Constitution, I have become tired, and frankly now completely dismissive, of their incessant fixation on the tool and not the perpetrator.
If the “real” interest on the part of these enablers was to “protect our children”, then they would take real concrete steps… to… you know… ”protect our children”.
There is such low-hanging fruit they completely ignore because to do so would impact their own empty lives.
Let me illuminate the terrain for these activists and give them some areas they could take immediate action with:
In 2019, there were 387 people killed driving a vehicle and texting. That number goes up dramatically when you factor in the number of non-drivers (pedestrians) killed by drivers distracted by texting while driving. The CDC actually estimates the total number of drivers killed by distracted driving actually reaches 3000 people annually.
The number of people killed in homicides with a rifle in 2020: 455.
Arguably having a rifle is a specifically enumerated right. (In other words… you can’t “ban” them.)
Cell phones? Nope… There is no Constitutional right to a cell phone. They could be “banned” tomorrow.
In 2020, there were 38,824 people who were killed in vehicle accidents. Clearly licensing is not enough. Too many people are driving vehicles and too many people are dying unnecessarily. Again… there is no Constitutional right to a vehicle; perhaps only well-trained licensed drivers should have access to these instruments of death.
Sharp pointy things:
There were 403 people killed with rifles in 2017; there were 1591 who were killed with sharp pointy things. There is no background check for a knife, and generally no real restrictions that prevent you from going to Sur la Table at the mall and walking out with an instrument of mayhem.
Where is the outcry against steak knives?
You don’t see the outcry because there is no money in it. Just as the antis scream about the “gun lobby”, they conveniently forget to inform the listener they are a lobby themselves… and one that rakes in a ton of money. Every time an atrocity takes place, the fundraising letters go out… and the money comes in.
Common sense measures to reduce violent contacts between scum and sheep? There are clearly things that can be done, but no one wants to talk about it. Armed security at each school in America? Sac re blu! We can’t have that! Children cannot be in the presence of…gasp… visible firearms!
Only allowing internet access by youths to “educational” websites?
OMFG!!!! That might mean that my kids might have to develop social skills! That also might mean I have to interact with my offspring! We can’t have that… besides… who the hell made the government responsible for what my kid can and cannot do online?! I don’t want the State involved in that! I only want the State to take people’s guns away from them!
Here is the dirty little secret: We have had guns available for the last 500 years, repeating firearms with serious magazine capacity for the last 200 years. During the vast majority of this time there was little to no regulation of these weapons. In 1968 we began our first foray into serious regulation, and three years later, we have our first mass shooting.
There is a problem. No one with a brain can’t help but see that. The issue is that guns are not the problem. Something else is going on. I have my suspicions, from video games, social isolation, over medication, dissolution of the family unit, secularization, moral relativism… there is a whole cauldron of potential causation, and, frankly, it is probably a culmination of all of the above.
Anyone who thinks that by removing guns from the equation (as though that is even possible) violence will suddenly cease to exist is engaged in sophistry of the highest order.