Gun Ownership and American Society - by Eric Sherman
Eric’s Personal Comments – February 25, 2018
I am a pro-2nd Amendment gun owner. I don’t think that the rabid right-wing gun nuts have a
clue what “well-regulated militia” means. I don’t think that requiring some basic cursory competency
classes & exams is an undue burden towards firearm ownership. I don’t think that banning bump stocks
infringes on anything. I think firearms are here to stay, and that Democrats, progressives, liberals, antigun
people in general would do well to become educated and go to a gun range with an instructor and
learn how to handle and fire one, at least so they have an idea of what they’re talking about in the public
forum. I don’t think that AR-15s are the problem, as there are a zillion other firearms that are comprised
of the same mechanisms and fire the same ammunition. I do think that if you own an AR-15 under the
guise of “hunting,” well… nice gun. Sorry about your genitals. I don’t think throwing mental health
problems under the bus is doing any good; I think we need to recognize the ability and common practice
of our society to completely and utterly break and discard people.
A friend of mine, and hardcore Libertarian, recently posted some statistics about gun deaths in
America. Suicide was #1. Accidental gun deaths were up there. Homicides were up there. Law
enforcement shootings were up there (which if there is a group that needs to be collectively disarmed,
that’s where I’d start. Not apologizing for that). School shooting deaths were a tiny fraction of the total.
I was immediately angry. What are we supposed to do, just crunch the numbers whenever there’s a
mass shooting to see if it’s worth infringing on liberty yet? “Oh, only 17 victims at this one. Not
enough.” When Sandy Hook happened I was sick to my stomach and had a lump in my throat for a week.
HOW MANY DEAD KIDS DOES IT TAKE TO START FIXING THIS SHIT?