I don’t like guns. I think they’re tacky, and loud, and crude. People who are fascinated with guns, and who think that they really NEED a gun, are not people I would trust to watch over my children.
That said, I also don’t like gun violence hyperbole. There have been a few well-publicized murders committed with guns, recently. That’s a bad thing, of course, but the truth is that these murders aren’t the sign of a new surge in gun violence, as much as anti-gun activists would like people to believe that they are. The most recent statistics show that school shootings are decreasing, not increasing.
Of course, sedate reality isn’t nearly as fun as hyperventilating paranoia. So, I read this morning on a friend’s social media account that “Gun violence is now the norm!”
Folks, gun violence is not the norm. If gun violence ever becomes the norm, you will know it has happened because your kids will come home to you after a day at school and say, “My friends are shooting some neighbors this weekend. Can I go? How come you never let me shoot anyone with a gun? Everyone else is doing it!”
Until then, please don’t try to convince people that gun violence is the norm.
Wearing clothes in public is the norm. Going to bed at night and waking up in the morning is the norm. Watching too much TV news that aims to keep viewers coming back by playing to people’s fears is the norm.
Guns are for doofuses. Anti-gun hyperbole is also for doofuses.
Let’s forget about the doofuses, and go about our lives in the gun-free America that is, in fact, the norm, ok?