Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I Hate Politics: The Gun “Debate”

I don’t worry about being killed by a terrorist. If I die because I’m killed, it’s far more likely to be one of my fellow Americans who pulls the trigger because of anger, or error, or a belief that shooting other people can solve their problems.

(Statistically speaking, it probably won’t be because the person shooting me is mentally ill. That’s a falsehood spread by pundits and commentors who don’t know any better.)

Americans live in a world of fear. It drives many of us while keeping others in line. If people care enough about something, that something becomes an industry. One particular industry, the one that makes guns and bullets, has done very well for itself in this country stoking fears and providing the hardware some feel can help destroy the fear.

There are now enough guns in America so that every man, woman, and child in our country can have one. 30,000 people are shot and killed every year in the US. Toddlers are shot at a rate of one per week, a fact we would consider obscene if it were any other country. We’ve turned September 11th into a national day of mourning because of the tragic loss of life, but 9/11-level carnage happens in this country 10 times every year.

The Terrorists don’t need to scheme or risk their lives to get Americans to die. They can just sit back and enjoy the show. The next peace movement will be when we find a way to stop killing ourselves.

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