What is it with Americans and their guns? It’s this weird love affair that borderlines on fetishism and makes it so other nations around the world look at us like we’re crazy. Especially considering that in the year 2015 alone, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year.
It’s as though some folks just can’t get enough. They don’t need to own one gun, they need to own at least 5, while many insist on owning an arsenal. There’s this false sense of security that owning a gun is somehow going to make you safer, and the easier it is to purchase a gun, the better off we’ll all be. The people who believe this way of thinking have it exactly backwards.
“In terms of deterrence, a recent study found that states with higher levels of household gun ownership have higher levels of firearm crime and do not have lower levels of other types of crime.
Another study, in 2003, found that counties with higher levels of household gun ownership have higher rates of household burglary, not lower. Burglars like to steal not only cash and jewelry but also guns. A homeowner with a collection of firearms may not want to advertise that fact.”
And we all know the friends in our Facebook feed, or the trolls on Twitter who have guns, because they make sure we know. Especially the ones who own several.
So why is it, after all the data reveals we aren’t, in fact, safer owning firearms, that people run out after every massacre and purchase guns? Is it a fear that they’ll be the next victim? Or is it a fear that the federal government is finally going to do its job and regulate firearms as the Constitution stipulates? Probably a little of both.
And with massacres making the news weekly, unfortunately, gun sales seem to be higher than ever.
In fact, on this most recent Black Friday there were a record amount of background checks and subsequent sales of firearms. According to AP:
“The FBI processed a record number of firearms background checks on Black Friday, the agency said Tuesday. The agency processed a record 185,345 background checks — roughly two per second.”
Two per second?!
To make this statistic even more unnerving, these sales were happening on the same day there was a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
It’s time to start getting real about guns in America. No more of this “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That’s a load of crap. If this were true, why aren’t more of these massacres stopped? The National Rifle Association has been touting lies for decades about how guns make us safer. Guess what? They don’t. And that false sense of security is going to get more people hurt.
It’s time to reexamine the Second Amendment that has been perverted to mean every Tom, Dick, and Sally can own a gun, and look at the true intention as it was written. Once we’ve done that we’ll quickly realize the amendment is wildly obsolete and should be updated to meet modern-day criteria.
Enough is enough. This gross obsession with guns needs to be better regulated, and the truth about gun ownership spread far and wide.