I’m fucking sick and tired of the right wing nut whack jobs bitching about Obama and their fucking rights to own a gun. First off, there is a word for all of Obama’s tough talk about guns: It’s called rhetoric. If you don’t know that means, and it’s likely you don’t, go fucking look it up. All Obama is doing with all of his talk is selling more guns and ammo. It’s just as likely that he’s getting kick backs from the NRA, as it is for all of the right wing asshole politicians who sit on their asses and do nothing but bloviate about gun rights.
Obama is as likely to take your fucking guns away as he is to stop drone-bombing the shit our of brown people in every other Asian country that ends in the word “stan”. Obama is as likely to take your fucking guns as Trump is to build a wall around Mexico. Obama is as likely to take your guns as Hillary is to keep her husband from getting blow jobs in the oval office. Obama is as likely to take your guns as Bernie Sanders is going to take away every rich person’s big screen, hi def TV’s to help pay for free college education. He is not coming for your guns asshole, so shut the fuck up about it.
In addition, shut the fuck up about the 2nd fucking Amendment. It’s a vague, poorly written paragraph that’s as open to interpretation as the bible is, for christ’s sake. It was written at a time when this nation was still afraid that the British were coming to take our tobacco. It was written at a time when plantation owners were terrified that the slaves would rise up and kill them, then rape their wives and eat their children. It was written at a time when this country was worried that the Native Americans would scalp every farmer west of the Appalachian Mountains. It was written when men owned muskets, a front loading, single shot rifle that was just as likely to blow up in a poor fuckers face, than it was to actually kill who or what they were shooting at. Either write a more specific amendment or shut the fuck up about it. I care not which.
I am so sick of the complaining about gun rights. Seriously folks, owning a fucking assault rifle is a right? What do you want next? Tanks? Nuclear weapons? Where the fuck does this madness end? Stop being so short sighted that you can’t see past the sight on your fucking gun, and start having some fucking respect for those who have been murdered, or you know, the rest of the fucking country that doesn’t want to be murdered by a gun that mows down people by the dozens in a matter of minutes. I bet you would change your tune if it was one of your loved ones who died in Orlando over the weekend. And don’t give me that bullshit about someone having a gun there to stop that murderous prick. There was someone with a gun at the door, and it didn’t make one fucking bit of difference. Probably because the malevolent son of a bitch had a fucking assault rifle. A weapon that has no business being available to the public.
Dear congress person or senator what ever the fuck your name is:
I’m a constituent, and I’m pissed: I’m pissed and I’m out of fucks to give. I’m tired of people dying due to gun violence. I’m furious that nobody will do a fucking thing about it, other than offer yet more prayers and condolences. Take your prayers and shove them up your ass, mr and ms legislator. Try passing some fucking legislation that actually works. Grow a pair of balls and tell the NRA to shove their payola up their greedy asses. You don’t need their money: There’s plenty of graft from the oil and coal companies to go around. Their are plenty of payouts from Wall Street to be had. There is still plenty of cash from defense contractors to be found. Stop protecting the gun and ammo industry and start protecting the people who vote you assholes into office. DO YOUR FUCKING JOB!!!!!!
To the rest of you: Agree or disagree with me, I don’t really fucking care at this point. The gun violence we’re seeing is senseless and completely avoidable. I’m betting there are families of the dead, injured, and maimed who agree with me right now. They have rights too: They have the right to not have to grieve for their dead. They have the right to not wonder why this had to happen. They have the right to not have to sit at a loved one’s hospital bed, praying that their son or daughter lives to see another day. We all have the right to not be at the wrong end of a gun barrel. I think those rights supersede any fucking idiot’s right to own military grade guns.
End of rant.
It’s no revelation that the United States is a nation of guns. Liberal as I am, I like guns. I’ve shot guns, and I’ve owned a gun. However, there is a definite line between what I believe, and what most conservative gun nuts believe.
First of all, there is absolutely no reason in the world that the unregulated public should be allowed to own more than a hand gun or hunting rifle. The AR-15 for example, the mass shooters weapon of choice, can be bought for as little as $600 at any gun show, or even at Walmart. It’s light weight, and can fire up to 8 rounds per second. It was used in the Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernadino, and Aurora shootings. It was designed in the 1950’s, and has been a military weapon of choice ever since. It’s sole purpose is to kill as many people as possible, in as short of time as possible. No one who is not in the armed forces or a police force has any business owning such a weapon. The scary thing is, it is estimated that there are millions of such weapons in the hands of private owners in the U.S. To paraphrase one of my regular blog commenters, it puts America at the mercy of any crazed, one man militia. That’s a sobering thought, and it makes me not want to leave the house-ever.
Second, mandatory background checks and weapons training is not a bad thing. We have to go through training and testing to drive a car. For CDL-A truck drivers, testing and training is even more rigorous. Hell, we have to go through background checks and drug testing just to get a job. Why are there no uniform laws when it comes to buying a gun? In the case of Omar Mateen, a man who was on the FBI radar not once, but twice, he easily bought an assault rifle shortly before his attack on the Pulse Night Club. This is due to the fact that Florida has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Don’t let the gun nuts fool you: They claim that less guns equal more crime. However, when you combine the 2013 FBI crime statistics, the last full year of statistics available, with gun laws by state, the opposite is true. The homicide rate in states with tighter gun laws is 4.32 per 100,00 people, while the homicide rate in states with looser gun laws is 5.74 per 100,00, based on those 2013 statistics.
Third, is open carry and concealed carry. This isn’t the wild west folks. Unless you’re law enforcement, there is absolutely no reason to be walking around with a side arm strapped to your hip, or under your jacket. I live in Kentucky, an open carry state, and I never felt safe when someone with a side arm walked into the kwickie mart that I worked at. Open carry and concealed carry doesn’t prevent trouble in my opinion, it invites it. Omar Mateen had a license for concealed carry: Does that make you feel safe?
Fourth, the 2nd Amendment is vaguely worded, and was written at a time when all there were only single shot, front loading weapons. Our founding fathers wrote this amendment thinking that it was good for every able bodied man to have a musket ready to form a state militia at a moment’s notice. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be happy, if they knew that most people think the 2nd Amendment give us the right to carry military grade weapons with little to no regulation. On two separate occasions, once in the 1930’s, and again during the Bush II presidency, a conservative Supreme Court stated that the 2nd Amendment didn’t provide for what kind of weapons, nor the processes of buying such weapons. They in fact ruled that state and federal government had the authority to decide on what we could own, and the manner in which we could own.
In my opinion, guns like most things in life, are ok in moderation. There is nothing wrong with owning a hand gun, or a deer rifle. However, guns in the wrong hands are obviously deadly, particularly military grade guns. There needs to be uniform, tightly restrictive laws in place concerning what we can own, and how we own them. As heinous as these mass shootings are, there are still by far more hand gun deaths per year in this country. This is mainly because there is easy access for any whack job, or owners simply aren’t responsible with them. There need to be background checks, there need to be mandatory training programs. Hell, I’m all for psychological exams before buying a gun. In addition, no more open/concealed carry for an unregulated populace.
However, gun violence in this country has gotten out of hand a long time ago, and we can’t continue to wring our hands and offer prayers for the dead and injured. We just can’t. If all else fails, then I say fuck it and strike the 2nd amendment from the Constitution, NRA be damned. I would rather be a country of no guns, than a country full of mass murdering yahoos with axes to grind, even if i do like to pop off a round or six every now and then.
One more thing. I found this interesting: A list of Senators who voted against the last round of gun legislation. I’m betting the NRA expressed their gratitude in the form of good sized donations to each and every one of them. Maybe instead of offering prayers for the dead, they could offer votes for the living. I’m just saying.