The Gun God

A gun is designed and intended for one purpose: Killing. It has no other uses, unless you’re Homer Simpson.

And it allows the user to do so with minimal effort and consideration—and from varying distances.

The accuracy depends on user skill, but also a great number of other factors. Unlike a knife, which must be used at close range to the target, a gun can be fired at the target from a distance and if is misses—or even if the bullet hits the target—it can also potentially hit others who are not the intended target.

A bullet is far more likely to kill than a knife.

Some legal firearms can be used to kill multiple targets from long-range with minimal effort put into aiming (see Las Vegas).

THEREFORE

There are only two legitimate reasons to own a gun: Sport and defense of livestock from animal predators. Any other reason—when you eliminate all false claims and statistics by gun advocates—is far, FAR outweighed by the risks to human life.

Banning guns except for the two reasons mentioned above, regulating for those two reasons, and eliminating political influence of the industry on government would save tens of thousands of lives every year.

It’s the biggest no-brainer of any issue in the US, yet we let the greed of the industry and the fear of some of our citizens hold everyone hostage.

Illustration by Tasuki Fujimoto

A Lost Cause

I’ve been explaining to a lot of folks that:

  1. The Confederate statues being taken down are not monuments to the dead. Their original purpose was as public symbols of white supremacy, meant to intimidate Black Americans following different periods of racial unrest.
  2. Same with the Stars and Bars.
  3. The history and heritage that these people claim/believe these objects represent is a false, manufactured history.
  4. Nothing positive is lost with the removal of these objects. Our schools will continue to teach history, and schools that now teach the Lost Cause will be pressured to teach more accurate versions of history.
  5. Racism is not a permanent condition. Racists can shed the scales of racism and become decent human beings.
Artwork by Mike Luckovich, AJC