What drives crime and are guns more prevalent in the Deep South?
Poverty drives the majority of daily crime but it’s not crime per se we’re talking about. America is a violent nation, true, but violence is inherent in people. In America we happily give guns to anyone, regardless of criminal history, psychological background, and even your ability to see, as evidenced by some recent rulings allowing the blind to own guns. Gun ownership, however, isn’t limited to the Right, as the South, which has its share of crazies, is awash in weapons, although I suspect there are more Republicans in the deep red states, a big change from decades long past. That being said I don’t recall any mass shootings in the South, although there have been school shootings.
The NRA says all Americans should have guns because there are violent criminals everywhere. Is that true?
No. The vast majority of daily crime is committed in inner-cities, not in the subdivisions of America. The Republican party and other NRA propagandists such as FoxNews will have the people believe that crime is around every corner, therefore people should arm themselves against the ever present threat, happily touting their mantra “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That’s total bullshit of course, as evidenced by the poor “good guy” at Walmart who pulled a gun on the Las Vegas killers only to be killed himself. In most of America you’ve a better chance of winning the lottery than being the victim of a violent crime. It’s true people do win the lottery but that doesn’t mean they spend until broke while relying on that off chance.
Aren’t knives just as dangerous as guns?
No they’re not. Guns make everything easy. It’s easy to shoot your neighbor because he’s pissed you off than it is to go in the house, get a kitchen knife, go back out and stab him. It’s quicker to blow your head off with a gun, than it is to cut your wrists. Guns are impersonal, and convenient. You don’t have to get close just pull the trigger and shoot in the general direction of the person or persons you don’t like. The fact is about 1.3 school shootings happen every week, excepting summer, with over 74 since Newtown. You don’t see those statistics with knives.
Why are so many people anti-government these days? I don’t remember that happening 20 years ago?
The NRA and its Republican allies, with the help of their propaganda arm, FoxNews, are working hard to convince certain elements of the populace that the government, the people with the big guns, is about to steal your homes, rape your wives, eat your children, and God forbid, take away your precious guns and make you their servants, It’s precisely these bizarre beliefs that drive the type of gun violence we saw in Las Vegas, and Forsythe, Georgia, not to mention the Bundy Ranch insanity.
I remember a different NRA. What has happened?
Once upon a time the NRA was a folksy, down home organization designed to encourage safe gun ownership, offering classes for hunters and other who wanted to take up the hobby. That has all changed, however, much to the detriment of the nation.
The constant drumbeat of NRA propaganda that our very freedoms and liberty are under assault can provoke the unhinged and lead them to believe that extreme, murderous action to preserve their freedom is just and patriotic.
The fact is the Second Amendment has been liberally interpreted to enrich the gun manufacturers and their toadies such as the NRA and most of America’s elected representatives. Until we throw out the craven politicians and elect people with balls enough to modify the Second Amendment, an unlikely event, the NRA, the Republicans and the massive gun lobby will continue to hold sway over the nation and more innocent people will die.