In the wake of the Parkland shooting, some second amendment advocates have shown their true colors. It’s clear that to the right-wing pro-gun contingent of the Republican Party value their right to shoot an assault rifle more than they value the lives of those killed by those same guns.
Conservative politicians have been contorting themselves to please the National Rifle Association. An organization founded to teach gun safety, the NRA has mutated into an enormous lobbyist that opposes any and all gun safety regulations.
According to the NRA (and their bought-and-paid-for politicians), guns just aren’t the problem! Which means that to them, common-sense gun control measures are completely pointless. These politicians offer up a myriad of other solutions: Invest in mental health services (except they vote against expanded health care). Empower law enforcement agencies to stop perpetrators from committing violence (except they vote against measures to take guns away from felons). Give more “good guys” access to guns so that they can fight back in the event of an attack (this is the perfect solution, as it sells more guns and makes more money).
The last solution (more guns!) feeds into our nation-wide obsession with firepower. Men and women across the country feel entitled to own and shoot some of the most deadly weapons ever developed. The second amendment right to a “well-regulated militia” has been extrapolated to mean that literally anyone with interest should be able to purchase efficient killing machines to shoot at their leisure.
John T. O’Connell spoke directly to these individuals via Twitter:
If you feel that you absolutely cannot live without firing one of these weapons, get your fat asses in shape and join the military like I did. #VetsForGunReform #MomsDemand #Everytown pic.twitter.com/2inPJL8nbX
— John T. (@JohnTOCradio) February 18, 2018
Other veterans agreed:
Exactly. I would wager the vast majority of veterans would not want the public to have access to these weapons, and it’s precisely because we know what they can do, what they are for.
— MattB (@MattheosB) February 19, 2018
— Mom,Veteran,Consumer (@Nikluk) February 19, 2018
My husband who served in Vietnam as a Green Beret for the first time today told me what happens when someone is shot with an AR-15. His opinion? You want to own an AR-15? Take it&yourself down to the recruiter & join up. This gun DOESN'T belong in civilian hands.
— Debra Sherwood??????? (@msdebbidooda) February 19, 2018
Holy crap. I read this tweet without looking to see who posted it.
I thought it was my 95 year old Marine Corps Vet Dad who has been saying exactly the same thing for years.
— Jim F (@FallacaroJim) February 19, 2018
My husband and I are both Army veterans. We wholeheartedly concur!
— Yolanda (@LUVMYC6) February 19, 2018
— Frank Katz (@fkgator) February 19, 2018
#VetsForGunReform As US Veteran who was ordnance technician and someone who use to hunt, I see that there is a great NEED for some type of change in our gun laws.
— Damian (@checkirish) February 19, 2018
I used to measure my firepower in kilotons. But yeah I'm with you. #VetsForGunReform
— Clark (@Clark408) February 19, 2018
nicely put. This Veteran agrees wholeheartedly.
— Monk (@BillMcG65) February 20, 2018
Try as I might, I couldn't find a photo of myself as badass as this one, but I still felt the need to copy and paste this with my own photo – credit given, of course!
— TwîstêdVîpêr215♏️☣️?? (@TwistedViper215) February 20, 2018
As a Vet, I agree!
— Jeff Olson (@olson1950) February 20, 2018
Regular Americans wholeheartedly agreed:
— Elisa E. H. (@ifoundmetonight) February 19, 2018
They just want to play soldier without the element if actual danger.
— sharmila williams (@sharmilawillia1) February 19, 2018
AND pass the psych profile; mental testing; & drug tests! No hot piss in our military but maybe 45 or the NRA can get you in Russia’s Army – hear they aren’t strict about doping!
— ?Knowledge is power.? (@kita_L725) February 19, 2018
But, it's so much easier to PLAY war, and fantasize scenarios when I would REALLY NEED that gun and be a hero and it would be totally cool and I'd be all, like, BLAM, BLAM, and they'd be all die, die (just the bad guys of course) #BecauseMurica!
— ?? Christie (Happy Mueller Year!) Manussier ?? (@CLManussier) February 19, 2018
I wish some of you experts would write to 45 and explain the use of the AR-15. He obviously ? has no military experience. Bad feet! ?????
— DonaMcCann (@DonaEMcCann) February 19, 2018
I carried a Glock 17 every shift for 22 years, and it didn't make me feel safer, it merely served as a constant reminder of just how dangerous my chosen profession was, because too many people in this nation are certifiably insane when it comes to firearms.
— Keith Tiberius (@keith_tiberius) February 20, 2018
That’s too much of the real thing for armchair gun addicts. The only time they get off the couch is to shoot a target sheet at the local rifle range or go hunting with buddies using a telescopic lens. Get my drift? Not soldier material and definitely not Marines material.
— lionhearted (@tmurcoy) February 20, 2018
Just had to reply to some gun-nut who said the 2nd was to make it so citizens could fight the gov't. and that they should have equal weaponry! I asked, "Like RPGs, tanks, and nukes?" He didn't answer but I'm betting he'd like to have those. Scares me to death these people!
— Terri Hemker (@siddigfan) February 20, 2018
Been saying the same thing for years. We don’t sell fully armed fighter planes to the general public. These are weapons of war.
— Marcel Rodarte (@MarcelRodarte) February 20, 2018
Featured image: John T. O’Connell/Twitter