I’m not going to reprint the article here, but I want to expand on it a bit. Immediately after a tragedy, emotions take over completely. All gun owners are blamed for the actions of one person, and gun control advocates demand all gun owners accept culpability as if they were the ones pulling the trigger. Then gun owners are given stark, simplistic, unilateral “solutions” that owners are supposed to accept without challenge. If gun owners point out the solution won’t work, or offer an alternative, we’re accused of not wanting to do anything.
So gun owners live up to that accusation out of fatigue. They are perfectly fine not doing anything if the alternative is doing something deleterious, unethical, and constitutionally illegal, especially when the something done won’t address the problem in any conceivable way.
Again, the pattern is:
- Demand the exact same solution that’s been demanded every time before
- Dismiss any criticism as “wanting to do nothing”
- Accuse all gun owners of loving guns over lives and children
- Refuse to listen to alternative solutions if they aren’t exactly what was demanded
- Repeat ad nauseum
You can see this play out on virtually any social media platform, and you can hear the individual pieces repeated like war cries from pundits and politicians. Both sides end up looking like screaming children.
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