Gun Control

Gun control is a tricky problem, tricky in the sense that it has been taken over by extremes. On the one hand you have those who believe the government should take away all guns, or cover this argument weakly by saying hunting guns are allowed, but not any other guns.

On the other hand you have NRA zealots who think we should be able to buy any weapon imaginable, because a fully automatic assault weapon is essential for your personal safety.

Somewhere in the middle there is a healthy balance. Like all things in life, balance is necessary, and the whole argument that this will start a slippery slope to gun abolishment is asinine. That is like saying requiring a drivers license was the first step to outlawing driving, or limiting the speed on cars is the first step to increase our reliance on government sponsored public transportation.

I agree that laws need to be made carefully, but we as citizens need to inform ourselves of whats going on and not solely rely on left wing or right wing media to inform our choices. This only helps to further the polarisation that has crippled our nation.

So lets start with step one, more guns does not mean less crime. Less guns does not mean more crime. Everyone likes to point to such and such country, state, city, etc. and claim that because they have more/less guns on the street there is more/less crime. There are too many examples of both to reasonably determine that it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. The only truly definitive statistic to increased crime rates seem to be in areas that are poverty stricken. So if we really want to fight crime, lets focus on that.

Next, a handgun is a reasonable means of self protection. It can be concealed, or be easily accessible in your home when you need it. You don’t need a high capacity magazine, or be able to shoot 3 round taps. So lets not restrict handguns. I may never buy one, but I can understand and sympathise for the desire/need to have one for self protection. And for that I think handguns and hunting rifles are all perfectly acceptable.

A semi-automatic, or fully automatic rifle, is complete overkill for everything. Who needs one of these? How is it useful for self-protection? You’re not going to walk around with one over your shoulder. Its not like your going to sleep with it under your pillow, why do you need a high powered, large magazine gun designed for killing. How many times have you ever heard of someone successfully protecting their home or otherwise with an AR-15.

Lets just look at the basics of it. An AR-15 is a big weapon, not what you want when you are looking for self defence during a home invasion when you are possibly walking through tight spaces. Also, the AR-15 is a high powered weapon, if you fire it in your home you are going to blow holes through all the walls, possibly hurting people you never intended to hurt, and because it is a semi-automatic it will be very easy to riddle your home with bullet holes.

It also sucks as a hunting weapon, using ammunition that doesn’t have enough stopping power for anything other than small game. And the type of person that goes hunting with an AR-15 is one of those idiots who sees a deer and sprays thirty bullets in under a minute taking out everything in site, instead of just shooting the deer.

It also sucks as a militia weapon. The right to bear arms to fight our own government, right. Because a semi-automatic will do a hell of a lot of good against drones and tanks.

The only thing it is really good for is what it was initially designed for in the 1950’s. Shooting a lot of bullets that can pierce armour in a short amount of time without having to reload too often. This was a weapon designed for war, not anything else, and as such it has no business being used for anything else. There was a reason it was banned until 2004. Will it reduce gun crime in the states, probably not, but will it make it harder to take part in mass shootings, damn right it will.

Politically Misguided

So i’m thinking about the political race in the states, living in Britain my mother fills me in from time to time about how annoying all the ads are.  which i’m happy that i don’t have to listen to.

Here are my dilemmas  Obama didn’t make the cut, and Romney is a heartless tit.  I was pro Obama, though I must admit I didn’t vote last time, i know, shame on me.  But this time I don’t know if I want to vote.  I was part of the Ron Paul crowd, but I kinda knew from the beginning that Ron was a long shot.

But thats what makes America great, even the guy with the long shot……  nope, thats not what makes America great anymore.  in fact, America just isn’t a place where anyone can make it.  It use to be hard work, good character and money counted for something.  Now only money counts, and luck, lots of luck.  What makes America great is the illusion it still feeds to the American population.  That it is somehow better than the rest of the world.

Then again, I’m a terrible patriot.  I love my country, don’t get me wrong, and I wish it was a place worth bragging about, but it isn’t.  The political divide is polarising the country, the government is hell bent on scaring the public into submission and wasting time and money on monitoring its own citizens, and hell, the rest of the world too.  We have a military larger than most countries, our military costs more than Sweden’s GDP.  And yet we have unaffordable universities, unaffordable healthcare and the worst financial inequality since 1928.

So, let’s stop spending money on political campaigns, let’s reduce our military spending, let’s force corporations and wealthy individuals to actually pay the taxes they owe and cut out the tax loopholes, let us NOT raise taxes, invest in alternative energies, and stop picking fights with little middle eastern countries.

I love my country, but I feel like its doing everything wrong.  So here is a toast to Ron Paul, I’m sorry you didn’t make it, because I have no faith in Obama or Romney.

Sincerely,

An honest Liberal.

 

PS the cartoon can be found here: http://www.toonpool.com/cartoons/The%20Anatomy%20of%20US%20Politics_66293