Uncle Slappy is appalled at the lack of intelligent discussion about gun control. He has had to sit through slogs of “Guns Save People” and “Guns Kill People” rhetoric, and he is sick to death of it. The fact is, guns are guns. They don’t pull their own triggers, and they sure as fuck don’t save anyone either. They’re tools. Like cars, they have a specific purpose, and like cars, they are responsible for a lot of death in this country.
We have laws about cars, who can own them, who can drive them, what you have to do to maintain the right to drive them. We maintain registries, require licenses, and have mandatory testing before you can get those licenses (and sometimes to keep them). And you know what? The majority of Americans own cars. Regulating this ownership in a sane fashion hasn’t kept cars out of the hands of our citizens.
It is just common fucking sense to require the same thing of guns. What isn’t common sense is instituting another ineffective ban on “assault weapons.” What isn’t common sense is having a knee jerk “they’re taking our GURNNNNNNNNNNNS” reaction to a discussion about sane licensing and testing requirements.
Want an example of successful good laws? Look at people with concealed weapons permits. Look at what they have to go through to get those permits. And look at the violence rates of guns used by people with concealed carry permits.
Passing a knee-jerk “omgwftbbq gun control now” law is no better than a knee-jerk Patriot Act. Refusing to discuss sane regulations when there’s clearly a problem is the other side of the coin. It’s time we sat down, maybe over a coupla grilled burgers and a cold one, and hammered out some sane licensing and testing requirements. Tie your knees down to keep ‘em from jerking if you have to.