Vice President Joe Biden has an audio blog called Being Biden. (I swear I didn’t make that up.) In this week’s installment, the Veep reads comments from North Philadelphia third graders writing about “gun violence.” While it’s good to know that the Pennsylvania public education system is busy indoctrinating children on the importance of civilian disarmament (and not in a good way), “Double Barrel” Joe fails to answer their questions. In the interests of education, because it might save one child from becoming a gun control advocate, I’ll have a go . . .
“I want to discuss gun violence with you, like why do people use guns and why do they kill people? Also, why don’t people be kind to one another. I’m kind to everyone.” – Damaris
Guns are extremely useful. People use guns for all sorts of reasons. They use them to hunt. They use them for fun. They also use them to kill other people.
Some people use guns to kill people because they want to take what they have. Some people use guns to kill people because they hate the other people. These are what we call “bad guys.”
Some people use guns to kill people to stop them from taking what they have or killing them. Not because they want to. Because sometimes they have no choice. These are what we call “good guys.” If the bad guys left these people alone, they wouldn’t shoot anyone.
Luckily, good guys don’t always have to shoot bad guys to stop them from doing bad things. Sometimes they just have to show the bad guys that they have a gun. Sometimes a bad guy only needs to know that a good guy might have a gun to convince them not try to hurt the good guy or take what they have.
As for why people aren’t kind like you, it’s just not their nature. They just aren’t. Sad but true. Deal with it.
“I want to discuss with you why you want to stop gun violence. I think it’s because you want less people passing away.” -Camilla
I guess you think Joe Biden wants to stop bad guys from getting guns because he doesn’t want bad people to shoot good people. You’re probably right. But if you want to discuss the Vice President’s plan to protect good people from bad people with guns here’s something you need to know . . .
Joe Biden thinks the easiest way to stop bad people from shooting good people is to make a law that would make it really really hard for bad guys to get guns.
Problem: we’ve tried that. It doesn’t work. Bad people will always be able to get guns. They’re bad people. They’re good at doing bad things. And there are a lot of guns out there. Loads and loads. More than you could count in your entire life.
Laws that try (and fail) to make it really, really hard for bad people to get guns make it really really hard for good people to get guns to protect themselves against bad guys. Do the math. The bad guys win.
If you get a chance, ask Joe this: wouldn’t it be better to arrest all the bad guys who use guns and put them in jail? That way the good guys can get guns to protect themselves from the bad guys and there are less bad guys to hurt the good guys. Make sense?
“You should close gun stores, that’s my opinion.” -Marilyn
What if the Vice President thought that french fries, milkshakes and chicken nuggets make people really fat—which can lead to a deadly heart attack—so he decided to close all McDonalds? Does that sound fair?
What if the Vice President thought that cars are bad because so many people die in car accidents and closed all car dealers? Does that sound fair?
Lots of people use guns for hunting, target practice and to defend themselves from bad guys. If you close all gun stores you stop good people from buying guns. Does that sound fair?
“I heard you take care of gun violence. Maybe no guns at all, but police can get safety guns. That would change the world.” -Ishmael
There are plenty of places where only the police can get guns. Bad things happen. In many cases, the government kills lots and lots of people. Sounds crazy, but there it is.
“You can go out on the stage and just say I want to stop using guns.” -Jacob
Agreed. The Vice President should say he wants to stop using guns. He should then get rid of his Secret Service protection (they have guns) and sell his shotgun. He should set a good example for all of us. Well, all those who agree with him about making it really really hard for good guys to buy guns.