Humans have the capacity for great evil, even in the absence of guns, something one can learn from peering in at places around the world that have been dealing with acts of terrorism on their own soil a lot longer than Americans have. The biggest threat our troops face in the ME right now, at least what is likely to cause them death and serous injuries, isn’t really guns, but rather explosive devices.
If you try to ban guns in America, what you really do is destroy the essence of who we are as a people, our ideals, our values. Whether symbolically or metaphorically, we have a powerful belief in our right to defend ourselves from all enemies, foreign and domestic. People actually swear allegiance to our Constitution based on this ideal. On our soil or not, domestic or foreign, people are willing to die for this principle. It’s not simply an issue or a problem to be legislated away, it’s the very essence of who we are, a cornerstone of our democracy, how we define ourselves as Americans.
One reason we have that peace and prosperity and statistical likelihood of dying from heart disease, is because of our powerful belief in our right to own guns and our obligation to defend ourselves. Quite simply if we hand that right to sort the bad guys from the good guys over to our government, we lose far more then our guns in this country. We lose everything we have fought so hard to try and build, values, ideals, freedom, the whole psyche of our nation. If we do that, our government becomes the good guys, the adults, and our people the potential bad guys, the children in need of constant supervision. This flips the power dynamic on it’s head and reverses the path.
Trigger warning: Nobody cares.
F*ck your trauma.
Yes, f*ck your trauma. My sympathy for your suffering, whether that suffering was real or imaginary, ended when you demanded I change my life to avoid bringing up your bad memories. You don’t seem to have figured this out, but there is no “I must never be reminded of a negative experience” expectation in any culture anywhere on earth.
If your psyche is so fragile you fall apart when someone inadvertently reminds you of “trauma”, especially if that trauma consisted of you overreacting to a self-interpreted racial slur, you need therapy. You belong on a psychiatrist’s couch, not in college dictating what the rest of society can’t do, say or think. Get your own head right before you start trying to run other people’s lives. If you expect everyone around you to cater to your neurosis, forever, you’re what I’d call a “failure at life”. And you’re doomed to perpetual disappointment.
Christian testimony from...Alice Cooper??
"The world doesn't belong to us, the world belongs to Satan."
Just some stuff to think about. Happy New Year.