I don’t really write about politics that often because I don’t give a shit what you believe and I am sure you don’t give a shit what I think either. Lately though there is one issue that has been bugging me a little and since I own the blog I am going to vent a little.
There are certain political and social issues that no matter what you do the debates will become circular and there is no real compromise to be reached. Religion, abortion, legalization of whippets, and other topics will just never have people compromise and move on. There are other issues that are just too complex and nuanced for most people to understand or for an easy resolution to come: immigration, the designated hitter, and if Lady GaGa is attractive or not.
One issue that I just don’t understand is why there isn’t any compromise on is gun control? After this year’s end of winter shooting season the debate has risen again. (I totally think we should just blame seasonal affective disorder.) But once again each side is entrenched, bought out by lobbyists, unrealistic, or just plain nuts i.e. Glenn Beck. (THEY WANT TO TAKE ALL YOUR GUNS AND MOLEST YOUR CHILDREN… [insert tears here].)
Politically I consider myself down the middle with a slightly left lean on social issues. I believe in logic, compromise, and really hate bullshit rhetoric. I get why people want to, can, and should own guns. I have friends and family that hunt and have guns for protection. Would I own one? No, but I respect and understand why people do. As long as people are properly trained, licensed, and have a responsible place to keep it I am all for you owning a handgun, shotgun, and most rifles. I even get the slightly wing nut reasoning that it can be looked at as a responsibility of the citizen to arm themselves to hold off oppressors. (Considering how our country was founded. No I am not wearing a tin foil hat right now.)
There are two points to this debate I don’t get. First is why people need like an AR15 or automatic rifle? Wait, I should use the term that people use now for these “Sport Utility Firearms”. (I love how we can masturbate the English language to make anything sound better. “Honey that wasn’t a hooker you caught me with but a natural relaxation therapist.”) I’m sorry you aren’t going to be hunting Bambi with that and honestly if you can’t fend off a burglar with a handgun then you probably need to move to a different neighborhood. There really isn’t any positive to these being on the market. Well except for the one reason I have been hearing lately? Gun collectors.
Gun collecting is also used as reasoning for the second point I don’t understand, why should going to a gun show and picking up a weapon should be allowed? I think it is bullshit that there is a major loophole with that. Why you ask? Because gun shows/baseball card shows/(insert canceled TV show conventions here) are no better than flea markets. I went to the flea market when I was little and bought the infamous and outlawed lawn darts. I was barely a teenager, they didn’t question it, and let me just say the results weren’t good. (Note: Tossing lawn darts and trying to hit your sister leads to a really long punishment.)
Besides when did collecting anything become a reason to make anything okay? Can we use the “I collect it” card to get out of anything now?
Judge: Mr. Johnson you have the skulls of 14 kids in your basement. How do you plead?
Mr. Johnson: Your honor I am a collector.
Judge: Oh shit, I didn’t know it is totally okay then.
On the flip side to this you can’t just ban gun ownership in cities. (cough Washington DC cough) It is too late in the game and our history to do something like that. So why can’t there be a middle ground reached here? People can own guns but you can’t go pick up a rocket launcher at a gun show because you like to collect high-grade explosives to sell to Mexican drug cartels at a 300% markup.
And please for the love of all things that are important to me when you debate the issue on cable news can you stop with the “they want to take all your guns” and “because people can buy guns everyone will die” arguments? No good discussions come from it.
There I just solved that issue what’s next? Is making out cheating? If you get a blow job from a trannie does that make you gay? What subject do I need to handle?