Before I go off into this I need to state that the premise of this commentary means that I am a coward myself. I own guns. I actually enjoy guns. I sometimes go to shooting ranges and fire these monsters off. Let’s all admit that it’s a great deal of fun. And while I am not a hunter (I could never hunt, my love for animals in most cases being far more intense than my love for fellow humans), I understand that in certain situations it might be worthwhile to own a gun (militarily, primarily, and this is ultimately where my allegiance lays). But gun ownership in the United States has devolved substantially into a sort of sexual perversion. Nothing is a better example than the consecutive mass shootings in my nation on August 3-4, 2019.
One of these, in El Paso, Texas, saw twenty people murdered on the basis of race, or at least caught in the crossfire of this intention. The second, in Ohio, at the moment I am composing this, sees nine more dead. In both instances there are plenty more victims, injured in varying degrees, some of whom will hopefully not die of their critical injuries.
People wonder why the United States sees so much gun violence and I suppose this is what my commentary this morning is going to be about. I called guns the tool of cowards and I absolutely mean this. In recent moments I have commented in counterpoint to a number of conversations on these toxic social media platforms that the people proposing the bullshit NRA arguments such as “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” are a bunch of fucking cowards. The usual reply is about how they have either military experience, or think about their families or pretend like they are patriots, or how they can’t wait to kick my ass, or are even outright liars who simply like to stroke their toys in place of their terminally limp cocks. Yes, I am a prick about this to several people who might have legitimately believable justification, but I try my damnedest to point out the flaw in such beliefs.
Listen, two horrible people killed many people out shopping (or merely in school, future saint or asshole not yet fully established), or at the workplace, or in some other random place of the most diverse humanity (race and religion ignored, except when it isn’t). There are more than two of them. In the last two days there have been at least two of them, probably unaffiliated, if not perhaps for the same reasons. The animalistic side of people is clearly on display and will continue to be splattered all across the news because the news is a TV show in search of ratings, a cartoon form of entertainment that turns the immediate horrors of the day to day into spectacle, and mostly ignores the long-term horrors that continue to affect everyone (think about lead poisoning or opiods or climate change or religion.)
I will be brief, because it is very early in the morning here (it just turned 5 AM), and I have not yet gone to bed. Here is why I say that masturbatory gun owners (and I refuse to call you folks anything else) are cowards. People such as this see the world as an alien place, one in which there is no trust and where everything is either corrupt or corroded. They sit there behind their shades, staring outside at all hours, shivering and clutching their guns, expecting something like these nearly daily horrors to happen to them. And you know what makes such terrible things happen? Fear. Isn’t it clear what terrorism actually is? It is not about the violence. It is not about the death. It is about the terror. It terrorizes people. It causes society to break down, turn into the petty arguments we can see and hear every day, whether partisan or based upon varying social realities. And so we clutch our guns, wondering who exactly it is trying to get us.
All these terrible incidents, these horrors that continue to debase everything we once upon a time believed in, are distractions, hideous crimes that happen so often that we start equating them into social issues, which in turn transforms them into political divides, and then all of the sudden each side is blaming the other for the problems and then bang-bang-bang-bang-bang! Let’s kill the enemies and revert somehow back to the once upon a time that never truly was and we can be safe, we can be safe, we can be safe just so long as we have the murderous weapons to assure this.
A common argument of the gun radicals is that it is people who kill, not the guns themselves. Of course this is true, but it disregards the reality that not all of the people loading up on weapons should be allowed to collect them. It isn’t about personal safety. To them it is about the moment when they define the enemy. Anyone who believes that the whole rest of the world is out to get them has no right owning a weapon. And yet these yahoos rant and chant about protecting their families, or idiotic statements like “Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.” Some fucking idiot actually responded this to a seemingly decent person calling for gun control. Not bans, like far right wing shitheads like to conspiratorialize, but control. Keeping guns out of the hands of irrational radicals, regardless of the cause. And this moron, this self-righteous douchebag–this is the sort of coward I am talking about. This is the shoot first ask questions later criminal; this is the sort of person who sees a threat in everything and therefore clutches their gun close to their chest, somehow believing that this will protect them against a world where everything, in every form or shade or idea, is out to get them. That somehow ownership itself makes them instantly brave.
This is why so many gun owners and all enthusiasts are cowards. Because they refuse to understand society. Because, in their ignorance, they find it far easier to see the rest of the world as a threat. These are the monsters who shoot up a Wal-Mart, or a shopping mall; a school, a place of business, or just some passerby in the street. These are the real cowards we need to euthanize. Paranoid gun owners. They are the problem with the United States of America in this particular moment–not the only one, but the most significant thing we should be looking out for.