Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What About The Guns?

But my conscience has been talking at me ever since. And on days like yesterday, it is screaming: What about the guns? I have no answers, but I have some doubts about our gun culture that American conservatives should consider:
An armed citizenry is not the same thing as an armed consumer public
Increased firepower among citizens is leading to an arms race with the state
Americans may be more violent precisely because we have guns
Firearm-related deaths are one of the only truly "exceptional" things about America, and that's embarrassing
If the Virginia killer did not have easy access to guns, if his scheme for murdering his former colleagues had to be accomplished with knives, hammers, or a home-made explosive device, the truth is that those murders would have been much less likely to occur. Conservatives who generally support the idea of an armed citizenry should let that thought sink in.
We must cut down on firearm-related deaths because they are so embarrassing.

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