My mother has a bunch of interesting quirks but one that sticks out to me from my childhood is that I wasn’t allowed to have toy guns. I’ve always wondered if she had some sort of trauma that involved a gun or if she was just crazy and thought that me shooting a plastic gun meant I was gonna join a gang and become a gangster. Actually, I’m not sure I want to know the answer to that question.
But, of course, my mom not allowing me to have toy guns created a morbid curiosity with these simple devices. To this day I’ve never shot a gun. I held one, once, because this crazy bitch I knew used to carry it around with her, and it struck me with fear and power all at once. It was intoxicating.
There is a little bit of my mother’s fear still in me also about guns. When I was 17 I had a gun pulled on me, something that would be scary to anyone. A couple of dudes from the (small) city (where I now reside) decided they wanted my coat and they weren’t gonna ask politely for it. A cop drove by on an adjacent street and they took off running and I got to keep my coat. I really liked that coat, it was green.
At some point in my life I am going to shoot a gun. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m gonna aim at some piece of paper with some sort of racist outline of someone and shoot at it and it’s gonna totally rock. If I have my way I will also at some point shoot some heavier firearms, m-16s and the like. I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to keep a gun in my house, but I’m not against the idea either.
So this torrid love/fear affair I have with guns was further piqued by the HMB lens “Want Less Crime? Add More Guns!” This is an argument I’ve heard before and on a basic level I agree with it. Take the wild west in the old days (when everything was in black and white), everyone had a six shooter on their side and you would assume they people didn’t mess with one another unless it was really worth killing over. I get that basic argument and in alot of ways I agree with it. If a criminal knows I have a gun in my house he isn’t gonna break in because he doesn’t want to get shot at and stealing my meager belongings probably isn’t worth him shooting me for. I also think if people were armed walking the streets there would be less street crime and the sort.
But, and it’s a rather big but, everyone having guns raises the stakes to a level I’m not completely comfortable with. For one thing alot of criminals are crazy or on so many drugs that crazy would be an improvement. So if you take a guy that is tweaking out HARD and he needs to get out of dodge in a hurry he is going to do it whether we are in a gun free or gun filled world. So if it were to happen today he would run up to me and wave a gun in my face and throw me out of the car on my fat ass and he would run away. If he were to do it in an age where everyone has guns he would approach me from an angle where i can’t see him and he would shoot me in the head before I even knew what was going on. So, obviously, in cases like this I think the idea of everyone being armed raises severity too high.
Then there is the whole “I thought he had a gun and was threatening me” when in reality it was a snickers bar and he wanted the time but you are a scared racist and shoot first and ask questions later. You know, like the cops sometimes do. Actually you don’t hear too much about the cops killing innocent people anymore, that’s kinda cool. Good job cops. I do like cops, don’t take my sarcasm wrong, my point is that if everyone is at a heightened point of paranoia because everyone is armed accidents out of not-needed self defense will happen. But then again, right now it swings the other way where criminals are killing innocent people… so either way innocent people die.
When it really comes down to it we aren’t ever gonna get rid of guns in the way all these hippies talk about. “Just get rid of the guns, man, outlaw them.” Yeah, that’s a good frackin’ idea, lets make it so the only person who has a gun is CrackHead Jimmy. So I accept that we live in a world with guns, which is fine with me because I think they are cool and want to shoot pictures of terrorists and stuff with them. If there was a vote tomorrow that had to be totally black and white “Do you vote to outlaw guns or do you vote to let everyone carry firearms everywhere” I would vote to let everyone. I’m not 100% in this camp, but my shades of gray do slightly deviate into that realm.
On the whole though I think most gun legislation is fine how it is. No one needs an Uzi to hunt or a bulletproof window piercing sniper riffle… at the same time, if someone wants a handgun to protect their family that’s cool. And there is a bit of mystery to it for the robbers and outlaws and pirates (with their laser guns), they are never quite certain what they are gonna get into, which in itself must reduce some crime.
What do you think about gun control? Tell those monkeys “are you lookin’ at me?”