DISCLAIMER: I am responsibly well-medicinalized right now and in an enlightened state. Yes, I know that “medicinalized” isn’t a word but that’s really what makes it the perfect word in the end.
Think about the regions, the demographics that tend to be big on 2nd Amendment rights. Red states, mostly. The federal government provides those states more funding then gets returned, meaning the red states are literally on welfare as a whole. These are regions with higher rates of poverty and the impoverished live in low-income areas which correlate with higher rates of crime due to desperate survival instincts that naturally spring from hitting rock bottom. That’s the trickle-down system. It’s working exactly as designed. And being made reliant on a system like that breeds fierce resentment. That seems understandable, doesn’t it?
So we’re left with growing communities of the desperate poor, clustered together in increasingly dangerous neighborhoods. How many areas are like this? Well, consider that 50% of working Americans make only 30k a year and you can extrapolate what happens from there. Think of the systemic damage that has. Is it really so repulsive that these residents might cling to their guns a little too tight? When you live in a warzone it’s rational to be armed, isn’t it? For self-defense? And now the government… that same fucking government that designed the fucking system that fucked them over, that left them behind decades ago… now those same government fuckers want to take their guns? Their last defense? Imagine being in a warzone and the government that put you there and left you behind now wants to take your fucking gun away.
That’s what they’re thinking, anyway. But that’s because any remote hint of regulation, sensible or not, is immediately dismissed. Any compromise is rounded-up to a loss. Their mistrust of the system outweighs their fear of being shot. Think about that. Think about how poorly the system must have failed them to end up that way. That’s fucking horrible, isn’t it? They still should try better to be objective, as hard as that may be, and agree to a few sensible compromises. I’m not excusing their total rejection of logic, but I can strongly empathize with their stubborn resolve.
It is odd though how the pro-gun side tends to be so pro-police, which only add fuel to the fire by putting more armed boots on the ground, amping up tensions in those already tense as fuck neighborhoods. Seems a bit self-defeating, doesn’t it? That’s where the pro-gun side is in the wrong and needs to wise up.
The anti-gun crowd, which I include myself in, is in the wrong for targeting the wrong problem in the first place. We’ve been trying to cure a symptom instead of the disease. If people are living comfortable, humane lives surrounded by others living the same they tend to be pretty relaxed. Calm, at ease. There’s less need for guns in that kind of environment and less reason to abuse substances to cope or make desperate decisions because now… NOW… there’s a life worth-living on the line. Something is finally at stake.
Gun sales would plummet.
And look at that, the prison population also decreases and more money gets saved which can go toward education which contributes to ending poverty as well which lowers crime further which attracts more businesses which brings in even more jobs and even more revenue to hire more workers who bring in even more revenue so in the end the entire self-fulfilling system is so quickly revolving that it leaves a surplus for infrastructure, single-payer, universal college, minimum income… all of these progressive measures can be done and it wouldn’t cost a dime in the long-term. It just has to be approved by a Congress and signed by a President. But there is one problem. The corporations that own the politicians that control the system don’t see as much profit in changing things. That’s why we have over 2 million Americans in cages right now, to keep the stockholders happy and the people in their place. That is the only reason.
So with that tangent also in mind…
Instead of gun control, I feel the regulatory side should shift their focus to poverty control. That’s how you bridge the gap and completely side-step the NRA. Don’t bother with the guns. It’s like telling Russia to destroy their nukes but we don’t destroy ours. It’s not going to happen that way. You have to ease tensions. If you pull people out of the hell of poverty they will follow you to the end even if it’s right back to it. That’s how you really rally and serve the people and become a political party with longevity.
End poverty by drastically cutting income inequality with a progressive tax system. Do that and they’ll turn in their guns for recycling and even do it voluntarily. And whichever President and Congress finally has the brains to realize that and the balls to do something about it… the President that really remembers to prioritize the demands of the majority and not just the few will win a 3rd term in a landslide. Oh, they’d find a way.
You win when you listen.