There is not a lot of point in trying to argue with Americans – some Americans – about guns. These are people who are not open to listening to any argument about why guns should be restricted. That should give you a clear window into their mindset. Not open to ANY ARGUMENT.
Some cling to the second amendment (like they actually understood what it says) as a point of principle. That’s a scary thing. These are people who are not only willing to tolerate mass shootings but the day to day murder, accidental death and, mostly, suicides that widespread gun ownership seems to provide – on a principle. When you think of what atrocities that others have been willing to do on points of principle, I guess this is a fairly small thing. 20 to 30 thousand deaths a year is no big thing compared to genocides elsewhere. But it does add up.
Some people actually fervently believe the silly slogan of the NRA – that good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns. Mostly no. Yes, you can cite a few examples (mostly off-duty cops or soldiers) but I can double down on your citations. Take the good guy with a gun who tried to stop a car-jacking in Texas. He wound up shooting the victim of the car-jacking in the head. He then scooped up his shell casings and ran away. A certain animal cunning, at least, if not otherwise an intelligent response.
Because most of these good guys with guns actually don’t have a clue how to act in a live fire situation. Neither of course do I but there are plenty who do and most of them say what you should do is run, hide or fight back – IN THAT ORDER. Whipping out your gun almost always makes it worse. So there you have it – good guys with guns are mostly clueless and almost always screw-ups. If they weren’t, I might be worried about pointing it out.
Then there are those who just deeply cynical – they know there are votes to be gained by fear and by appealing to base desires for righteous revenge. If people die, so what? It’s not likely to be them or their family – they can afford trained security. Some of these people are under the sway of the NRA – others are actually in their pay. I’m looking at you, congressman.
Speaking of screw-ups (and losers) do people who actually have time to walk around malls and sports arenas and school yards with open-carry assault rifles actually have real lives? Don’t they have jobs or something useful to do, homes to go to, children to love? No, I didn’t think so.
And tell me how do you tell an open carry enthusiast from a dangerous psychopath? In America it is apparently based on the color of his skin. Even though most mass shooters are white males.
And speaking of psychopaths – did you know that one out of every two hundred people are psychopaths. That means there are at least 750,000 heavily armed psychopaths with guns in America. What could possible go wrong? But I’m arguing with the wind.
And that’s ten minutes.