Anonymous asked: how can you be against gun control with the school shootings how many innocent people have to die before you see guns are bad
I’m not against gun control. I’m against legislation that criminalizes innocent people based on your hypothetical fears.
In Texas last year, twice as many people were beaten to death with fists as were killed with long guns; by your criteria, hands are worse than rifles in Texas. Guns are just a thing; some people do bad things with them, and a lot more people don’t.
The gun control argument, especially when it comes to mass shootings, is mostly just fear-based politics. It isn’t about public safety; it isn’t about fixing the problem. I mean, when my garden won’t grow, I don’t try to blame the shovel. Guns don’t cause school shootings; they’re used in them. It’s just easier to resolve public fear by blaming guns and legal gun owners than to really ask and address what the hell we’re doing within our society and culture that a bunch of kids feel like shooting people is even an option, let alone their best or only option.
Also, firearms are used in about 11,000 homicides per year, but they’re used in self-defense about 68,000 times per year. So, I think the question goes both ways: how many innocent people have to die before you see guns aren’t bad?
Wise and forward-thinking. This speech from the deputy editor of The Guardian is a valentine to journalism-as-a-conversation.
The day is October 1st, Green Day has arisen from their slumber. The moment they awake the Government announces that they will be shutting down. Green Day has done it. They have achieved the end goal. Pop Punk anarchy is upon us. We have all become American Idiots.
Out of all of the (weirdly large amount of) Green Day/Wake Me Up When September Ends references on the Internet this year, this is the best one.