Just the fact that they call it “gun culture” means they still don’t understand the 2nd amendment. I’m not saying there isn’t a sub-culture where guns are a vital part. There is, but it’s not at all like leftists think it is. It’s simply those people for whom guns are also a hobby. They follow guns the way some people follow football. They collect them, appreciate the workmanship, know all the brands, models, flaws, ins and outs and treat it like a sport. But there isn’t a gun culture in the way they mean it. I think perhaps what they mean to refer to is more the culture of those who are militia and “prep-er” type people. But it certainly isn’t those of us who own guns for self-protection.
The vast majority of people in America don’t carry a gun because they love guns. They carry a gun because they love their family.
The author of this article admits he leans left. All he writes leans left. And no matter how hard he tries to comprehend the purpose of a firearm, in the end, he just can’t do it. It’s not because of intellect. It’s because of emotion. In the end he’s just too weak to own a gun. When I say that, make no mistake, I’m not mocking him or saying that to goad anyone. I mean it in the most literal way. He isn’t able to control his own emotional state enough to allow his intellectual state to rule the day.
He writes, “I didn’t mention my own gun, which I had of course left at home, cleared, unloaded, and locked away in an empty apartment.” Which signifies to me that he seems to view the gun as some avatar of evil which will rise up while he’s away and murder anyone it can. Making your gun safe is important but the special emphasis to “cleared – unloaded – AND locked away – in an empty apartment” makes us aware of his fears. Rational gun owners take precautions, but are also reasonable about them and balance them with the utility of the gun. When you need a gun, you need it fast.
The author then tells of a dubious anecdote he had with a cab driver in England who brought up guns. Because, of course that’s the first thing that comes into his mind when dealing with an American passenger. “On the way to Heathrow Airport, the day after the Sutherland Springs massacre, my very chatty cab driver, a man who’d moved to England from Jamaica in 1966, heard my accent and asked me, unprompted, “Why you all so crazy with your guns?”
The non-liberal American would have answered truthfully, “we aren’t”.
The author continues, “We talked briefly about the constitutional issue, the cultural divide, and other facets of the debate, but he scoffed at the idea that it was complex. To him, the reason to have a gun was to kill someone. I found I couldn’t disagree.”
The purpose of a gun is really what the wielder makes of it. We can feel comfortable saying that for the vast majority of American gun owners (there are over 350,000,000 guns in America) that it is to target practice, feel secure, or stop a threat. It is doubtful that the purpose for its purchase was to kill someone. Even though the gun is able to do that, does do that, and was in fact designed with that in mind, it doesn’t mean that is the “reason” one owns a gun.
The sad author concludes his piece with, “And before we reached the terminal, I’d decided that the best way to exercise my Second Amendment right was to waive it, and get rid of my gun as soon as I got home.”
And indeed I feel that is his best course of action. He is clearly not mature enough, nor of proper constitution to own a firearm. I learned to shoot when I was five. We always had guns in the house and they were never locked up. Because I understood their potential and was familiar with them, they didn’t need to be. I would take them out and show my friends. I would make sure they were cleared first and my friends only got to look. Accidents happen. Murders happen. Mass shootings happen. I wish they didn’t. Human history tells us they will continue to happen regardless. There is no magic societal fix for bad people doing bad things. Our only real solution is to make sure the duration those bad things last is short. That is done with a firearm meeting a firearm by men and women who, in uniform or not, run toward the sound of the gunfire. It’s an old cliché, but if you’ve ever been in that situation like a salmon against the stream, you realize it’s not a common attribute. If men like the author want to not own a gun and run away, I don’t hold that against them, not one bit. I’m glad in fact that he realizes his limitations. I hope it causes him to work on them.
My only request of people like him is to give those who are running to stop the threat with their own firearm the respect they deserve and to recognize that your own weakness is not their weakness. They are a needed part of our society. The Founding Fathers embedded the right to bear arms into our Constitution for a reason. If you don’t understand that reason or understand it and don’t believe it, then that’s up to you. But don’t mess around with the rights of those who do comprehend and believe. They aren’t the ones you have to worry about and if you have a brain in your head you very well know that. In the end they are the ones who will protect you. Like all those of greater personal constitution they exist among a society and step up in times of need. They are the ones in movies who live through the nuclear war and rebuild, who keep everyone calm during a crisis, who, while normal in every way and every day, when the need arises, so do they. Yes, sometimes they need a gun. Let them decide if they carry one or not – they have a right to which means no one has a right to tell them no. As soon as government began to infringe on that right they began to feel the negative consequences of that infringement.
More guns, in more hands. That’s the answer.
A liberal snowflake gets to know gun culture from the inside.