I have to get something off my chest.
I began thinking about the gun control debate in college, after mass shooting after mass shooting shook the country.
I saw reason in both sides of the debate.
But I saw that no matter who was right, nothing was going to change, because nothing was being done.
And today, after 20 people have been announced dead in El Paso, Texas, I have realized why nothing is being done.
America is the most selfish country on the planet.
All we care about is the bottom line. Anything can be advertised, marketed, or explained in a way that leads to more sales. Or a diehard fan base. That’s the glory of this capitalistic nation.
The downside is that we aren’t willing to admit that we could be wrong and give something up for other people, unless we continue to profit off it.
If we were more selfless as a society, Democrats would be able to say “hey, I see your point. Why don’t we try being pro-assault rifles and let people carry them in public or other weapons to defend themselves if this type of thing happens again. If your plan works out, and what you say is true, then we will continue with that plan of action. But if you are proven wrong, we will move on and try banning assault rifles.”
If we were capable of being selfless in this country, the pro-gun side (usually conservatives) would say: “Look, I know I love my guns, but I love the American people more and I’m willing to try doing what you say because the solution could truly change things for the better. If you are right, we will continue with your plan of action. But if you’re not right, we must do something else.”
America has been facing this problem for too long, and that’s just as scary as someone coming into a mall with an AK-47 ready to shoot you and your family, after writing a manifesto (see the jpg file on 4chan here) that claims Mexicans are taking over Texas as justification for killing a bunch of people.
I am a conservative and I am for banning guns with the potential for mass destruction. I am not for banning all guns, even though handguns are certainly very dangerous too and have killed many Americans. But how many handguns kill 20 people at a time? Patrick Crusius chose the AK-47 with mass lethality in mind. Americans should not have the freedom to choose which assault rifle to commit a mass shooting with. Patrick was debating between the AK-47 and the AR-15. And he planned the attack in less than a month (read his manifesto).
I’d like to conclude with a few tweets.
As a European, I am amazed that Americans allow this amount of gun crime, without major, major changes to laws. Responding to air and road accidents is faster. Yet kills less people. Amazing.— Chalks Corriette (@Chalkscorriette) August 4, 2019
Im sorry. Its wrong for the NRA to oppose ANY gun legislation that would interfere with gun maker profits. As long as profits matter more than lives .. the NRA is the one doing and promoting evil.— Resident heretic (@james_jordan_ks) August 4, 2019
Every time there’s a mass shooting in America I’m reminded that these precious children weren’t enough for people to vote for gun control. The El Paso shooting shouldn’t have happened. Sandy Hook should’ve been the last straw. pic.twitter.com/6R3s0Egb1t— tony janeā stark⎊ (@heyyitsjanea) August 3, 2019
Patrick Cruisius even admits in his manifesto that the AR-15 is a ‘weapon of war,’ a highly contested description for the rifle. He writes:— Avishek Saha (@yogioabs) August 4, 2019
“The ar15 is probably the best gun for military applications but this isn’t a military application.”