The gun laws that are being passed in Red states are absurd: an open carry on campus law in Texas, one in Missouri allowing anyone to carry and use a gun on anyone they think might be an intruder. These aren’t laws meant to protect gun rights, they are the absurd result of a political system that has been thoroughly corrupted by money.
Do you really think the authors of these bills really care about gun rights? I don’t. No, the politicians worry about having a better grade from the NRA than whoever opposes them in primaries. They have made a cynical calculation. They are willing to have innocents die. They justify these insane laws by claiming they are needed to protect your rights, when they are really proposing these laws to protect their own privileged position of power.
This is one of the reasons why having two, or even more, political parties is important. It helps balance the crazy stuff, hopefully allowing some sanity to get through.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If guns were the answer to our problems, our problems would already all be solved. There are plenty of guns in America. But our problems are complicated and deeply rooted and won’t be solved by throwing bullets at them. We actually need to grow up and start to behave responsibly. Bummer, I know, but it’s true.
Cops are frightened by the numbers of guns on the street and they sometimes make bad decisions when frightened. As a result, people die, every day. Mass shootings happen weekly. Enough is enough. It’s time to have some common sense regulations that will protect both gun owners and the public. It’s also long past time we let special interest lobbies like the NRA dictate policy.