When a tragedy like the Connecticut school shooting happens, it usually takes the anti-gun side about fourteen seconds to jump on the opportunity and use the still warm bodies to justify more stringent gun control, if not outright confiscation. The fact that it took Dan Agin almost two hours to get his cri de coeur up on Huffpo could be taken as a sign of a reasoned pause to consider the full extent of the issue. It could, but that would be assigning him far too much credit . . .
Instead, Agin’s angst-ridding post should be taken for what it is — opportunism aimed at blaming all gun owners for the crimes of a few. Agin sees gun owners the way southern racists used to see blacks — we’re all the same. Doesn’t matter if you’re a skeet shooter or a single mom who lives in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Just a bunch of wackos who are irrationally in love with their guns.
It’s time to tell the NRA, the gun lobby, and all the moral imbeciles, psychiatric cases, and entertainment hunters to stop kissing their guns and start thinking about what’s good for the public at large — including what’s good for their own children.
Really, if some people like kissing guns, let’s have the gun barrels blocked with lead and let them kiss all they want. Let them kiss guns, eat bullets, do whatever they like — as long as it’s not possible to use private guns to kill people.
Oh, and you hunters? Screw you, too.
In the first place, we don’t need to put the lives of everyone, especially city and suburban people, at risk because of backwoods hunting. Making weapons available for backwood entertainment hunting results in the deaths of too many innocent people. The hell with hunting and buffoon “hunters” when hunting is now merely entertainment and not an economic necessity.
Since Agin’s decided that no one needs guns, even to hunt, it’s about time you STFU and turn in your heaters.
Guns kill people, including children, and all guns need to be highly regulated and if possible removed from the hands of everyone except people in law enforcement.
Got that? OK, start queueing up and make sure you bring all your firearms, cause Dan wants ’em turned in. Now.
The fact that Agin said nothing about knives is sort of curious, though. Maybe he hasn’t heard about that other school tragedy that happened today. The one in Chengping, China where a man stabbed 22 children before being subdued. Maybe Dan missed that one. Or maybe he’s still OK with knives in private hands because no one has died from that attack. Yet.
He’s also curiously silent on the subject of the millions of annual defensive gun uses in this country. He skips right over the fact that tens of thousands of people would likely die every year if he got his way and only criminals (and maybe a few moral imbeciles and psychiatric cases) have guns.
But that doesn’t matter to him. No, Agin’s a wand-waver. He lives in a world where he can shake his magic stick and make all the guns disappear. Good luck with that, Dan.
While he may not have been the best spokesman for gun safety per se, William S. Burroughs had it right as far as those who are only too happy to use the deaths of innocents to further their rights abrogating agenda:
After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.
Neither would we, Mr. Agin. And though you’re obviously incapable of comprehending it, neither would you.