There’s a reason we call them gun nuts.
The other day, I got into an argument with one of them again on Facebook. I don’t know her in real life, but she seems like a very pleasant, older woman who paints. (Very well, I might add. That’s the original connection, I wrote a couple of poems about her paintings)
However, she (and her friends) seemed to be totally accepting the Trump line that what we need to do is arm the teachers, have metal detectors and guards roaming the halls at every school in America, and that this is a better solution than just banning assault weapons. So, I used the term gun nut.
Of course, they refer to us as ‘the loony left’ and there is just a lot of name calling and noise instead of reasoned political discourse, but the more I thought about it the more I came to the conclusion: they really are nuts.
To embrace the dystopian vision of a man whose world view is clearly stuck at a child’s level (when I was 10 years old, I would have thought building a 2,000 mile long wall was a fine thing, just because it would be big and awesome) is insane. To respond to every reasonable solution (ban assault rifles, insist on proof of mental health for purchase, liability insurance for guns, limit magazine sizes, etc…) with “Second Amendment!” is insane. The second amendment is extremely vague, and just says people have a right to own a gun. It says nothing at all about what kind of gun, and it doesn’t say they can’t be regulated.
To love an inanimate object so much that you put it above the lives of people is completely, and dangerously, insane. It is normal for people to love other people, and admirable. It is normal to love cute animals, especially little kittens and puppies with big eyes. I think people who love snakes are a bit weird, but tastes differ. I wouldn’t say they are clinically deranged. It is normal, and healthy, to love music, art, fine cuisine, antique wooden furniture, wine, science fiction, ancient Greek mythology, classic cars, or even movies with Tom Cruise in them. Whatever floats your boat.
But to love an automatic weapon? What the hell is wrong with you?