So when Erich Pratt says:
“In Georgia they have rallies at the state capitol and people bring AR-15s over their shoulders. The first year they detained the lead organizers and people freaked out, and now it’s just a common thing,” Pratt said. “People are a lot safer when there are good guys with guns because bad guys won’t want to go to those places.”
… I guess that means shootings at military bases never happen? (Quote is from the link below.)
Aaaand right on cue we have another mass shooting in a U.S. city with multiple casualties.
Information is still coming in so I won’t speculate except that the news media will fill air time talking about what’s going on when there is absolutely zero information available and some Pat Robertson-type is sure to blame feminists, liberals, black culture, Hollywood, and violent video games. Everything but the obvious: easy access to deadly weapons.
This is what happens when you start mainstreaming the Second Amendment crazies:
APPLETON, Wis. – Police detained two men openly carrying AR-15 rifles near Saturday’s farmers market, setting off a debate this week about response at the highly attended event.
Appleton police say they received three 911 calls about the pair that appeared around 9 a.m. with the rifles.
Much of the situation was recorded and posted to YouTube, setting Internet discussion groups ablaze debating the situation – with many claiming the police overreacted and violated constitutional rights.
Charles A. Branstrom and Ross A. Bauman claimed they were carrying the guns for self-defense. After police identified them as real, police drew their guns, briefly detained the men and checked identification and paperwork. The men were also legally carrying concealed pistols. Both were released without tickets.
Ironically, Appleton’s city code outlaws carrying fake or toy guns in public.
“No person may carry or display a facsimile firearm in a manner that could reasonably be expected to alarm, intimidate, threaten or terrify another person,” the ordinance says.
I have to question the sanity of any person who thinks they need to carry an AR-15 to the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market for “self-defense.” Unless your Farmer’s Market is in downtown Kabul, that is some crazy shit.
Of course, this wasn’t about “self-defense.” That was obviously a PR stunt and lawsuit-bait by some radical group — my guess: Gun Owners of America, a far-right fringe group quoted in this story. In case you haven’t heard of them, Gun Owners of America is so radical, they think the NRA is too liberal. Not surprisingly, the group has ties to white supremacists. Funny how the racists and gun loons always seem to be drinking out of the same trough.
Anyway, in America today, 99.9% of the time when we hear of someone walking around a public gathering spot with an AR-15, it’s followed by news that they’ve sprayed the place with bullets and slaughtered a dozen innocent people in a matter of minutes. Maybe, their reasoning goes, if more people walk around with AR-15s, we’ll get used to seeing them around and will be “educated” about how safe these weapons are.
Which is fine until some idiot decides to use his assault rifle as a crutch, or hands the gun to someone and it accidentally kills someone or causes a massive explosion, or tries to unload the gun and does it wrong, or any of the dozens of other things that happen when the most responsible gun ownaz evah end up being just as careless and stupid as everyone else.
Because they try to tell us they’re special, they’re different, they’re some unique special snowflake, they have a skill, they’ll protect us when no one else can. But they’re not.
You’re not special. You’re not unique. You’re just as careless and fucked up as everyone else. You’re no different from anyone else.
And this is where we are. I’m trying to understand the psychology of these folks who like to parade around with an AR-15 strapped to their backs. Personally I think they’re compensating for something: small penis, small self-esteem, not enough time at the breast as an infant, whatever. These are people who need a security blanket to feel important/worthy/relevant, and who are desperate for attention. Some have said it’s about intimidation, and that may be part of it too, but I think there’s a deeply-rooted inferiority complex at play as well.
There’s this idea these folks perpetuate that they’re the “good guys with a gun,” and they will protect us if something goes amiss in the world. But you know what, guys? The idea that the rest of us are supposed to just trust you by virtue of the fact that you own a gun when y’all don’t trust anyone except your own little tribe just defies common sense.
There’s also, I would imagine, a certain amount of wanting to play junior GI Joe, in which case, let me suggest you join the damn military and serve your country. Or maybe that just looks too much like work for you folks, and you’d rather just play with your toys?
To which I say: grow the fuck up.