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Oh, Gun Control

I love the gun control debate. I really do. I especially love the gun control dumbasses who say things like, “If someone broke into my house and was trying to kill me, I’d try to fight them off some other way. If that didn’t work, I’d let the police handle it.” Yes, someone actually said that. His next words were, “But let’s not talk about that. Let’s talk about the statistics that say I’m more likely to use my own gun to injure myself or someone else.” Of course you don’t want to talk about that, guy. Why would you want to talk about it? You don’t have an answer. The answer you did give is idiotic. If someone is trying to kill you and you cannot successfully “fight them off some other way,” the only thing the police will be handling is the investigation into your homicide. Get it? You don’t get a second chance. It’s game over.

This type of answer really showcases the idea most people have of implied invincibility; it’s become a debate of statistics because people cannot conceive of something like that actually happening to them. We talk about “they” and “them,” implying it only happens to other people. Most people – especially those on the control side – are very uncomfortable saying, “I”, “we”, “my” or “mine.” Saying these words disrupts their absurd idea that this kind of thing never happens to real people. But it does. It happens all the time. The rate of violent victimization during a home intrusion is almost 10%. That doesn’t sound like a lot – until you realize that it’s almost 300,000 people a year and does not include people who were actually killed by a home intruder. The people who aren’t killed are beaten, raped, tortured or otherwise assaulted because they are unable to protect themselves.

I also especially love the assertion that those who accept the reality of situations like these must be paranoid. It’s not paranoid to see things the way they are. It’s not paranoid to see a story on your local news and say, “Damn, that could have been me. It could have been anybody.” The implication here is that people who don’t agree with this reality are not paranoid, therefore they are more well-adjusted – and by extension, smarter and better. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but refusing to accept reality doesn’t make you “not paranoid.” It makes you a fool.

The truth is that more than 85% of people will be the victims of a violent crime – and most of them will be the victim of more than one violent crime in their lifetime. During this/these crime(s), many of us will be killed. There is no way around this. You can ignore it, you can deny it, you can argue it but you cannot make it untrue. Refusing to accept reality doesn’t make you an enlightened progressive. Refusing to protect yourself just because you don’t want to “buy into paranoia” doesn’t make you smarter. It makes you a target.

So thanks for the laughs, idiots. God love and protect you because you need it.

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