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Gun Violence Hyperbole Doesn’t Sound Idiotic. People Who Use Gun Violence Hyperbole Sound Idiotic.

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?

2 comments to Gun Violence Hyperbole Doesn’t Sound Idiotic. People Who Use Gun Violence Hyperbole Sound Idiotic.

  • Charles Manning

    I generally agree with your comment, but take issue with the phrase “anti-gun hyperbole.” The fact is, even though guns are not such a big problem compared to a lot of other things, they are hazardous. They should be treated as such. The cops and the military have training and rules that deal with this. Cops, for example, have to learn all the features of their weapons, and how to use them safely. Cops can’t (or so we hope) keep their jobs if they’re mentally ill or have infantile attitudes about various things. The lack of such measures governing private or civilian possession of guns is a problem, albeit a relatively minor one.

    The U.S. is changing with regard to guns. The open carry movement has made millions nervous. People generally don’t want to see civilians carrying assault weapons into Wal-Mart or McDonald’s. But legislatures, influenced by the NRA and allied forces, are beginning to allow openly carrying weapons where it used to be illegal. Recently I saw a television news story from Corpus Christi about a veteran who was on some kind of walk when a small group of people in the open carry movement decided to accompany him. The news story showed these folks with rifles walking along with the veteran. The reporters made no mention of the disturbing fact that these people were walking along public roads with (presumably) loaded assault rifles. In other words, such conduct is becoming accepted.

    Every aspect of the ownership and use of motor vehicles is controlled by strict laws: licensing, inspection, traffic laws, etc., etc. Why? Because motor vehicles are inherently dangerous. So are guns. The Second Amendment shouldn’t be used as an excuse to not regulate private ownership of guns, any more than constitutional rights should be used to justify allowing people to drive cars without licenses and without obeying traffic laws. There are people who think they shouldn’t be constrained by traffic laws, or any other laws, by the way. They’re called Sovereign Citizens. Law-abiding citizens need to insure that such lawlessness doesn’t become the norm.

    • pling

      Okay, Charles, but the phrase “anti-gun hyperbole” is appropriate, because there’s a huge difference between calmly pointing out that there is a problem that needs a legislative remedy, as you have, and doing what too many anti-gun activists are doing, which is making wild exaggerations about an “epidemic” of gun violence, saying that “our children are no lpnger safe”, when really, they are quite reasonably safe. It’s silly, and it’s classic hyperbole that costs these activists credibility.

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