Sandy Hook. Aurora. San Bernardino. Orlando. What do these four places have in common? Quite a few things, actually.
All four of these locations have been beaten and bruised into the news for the same reason: mass shootings, or, if they aren’t caused by white men, terrorist attacks.
All four of these locations are simple additions to the list of 998 mass shootings that have occurred in the American states these past few years.
All four of these deadly endeavors include one distinct factor, however. No, it isn’t race. No, it isn’t motive. It’s an AR-15.
The AR-15 is a rifle that is primarily used in a military setting that has trickled it’s way down into civilian usage. Known to the military as the M16 and referee exclusively as an AR-15 in civilian models, the gun — a weapon of mass murder — is located center field in several mass shootings and homicide.
The AR-15 is lightweight, gas-operated, magazine-fed, and air-cooled. Quick to move with and easy to take apart, sophisticatedly controlled, and capable of churning out magazine after magazine of bullets, the weapon is something you’d expect to find primarily on the battlefield.
Heads up: in America, it’s found on a different form of battlefield — the streets of major US cities. Just about anyone is able to purchase an AR-15 in and around seven minutes. Anyone in the generalized image of American “safety” can get a hold of this mass murdering weapon in the ignorant viewing that it’ll be put in a “collection” and not used for harm.
To quote Stephen King, weapons like the AR-15 have two purposes: one would be to get a bunch of gun-wielding, self-conscious constitutionalists horny enough to function for the next month of their life while they fire at targets within their local gun ranges. The other, the more realistic purpose, is to use it as if you were on a battlefield — to kill anyone and everyone in sight.
Let me pose a question to any second Amendment lover out there: are you against Muslim immigration because you feel like you’re not safe, or that they very well might commit an act of terror in the name of faith? Do you oftentimes think to yourself that “gun owners are mostly peaceful, and that it’s just a few idiots in our ranks that want to ruin it for everyone?”
Well, what if I told you that “Muslims in America are mostly peaceful, and that its just a few idiots in their ranks that want to ruin it for everyone”? Do you sense the hypocrisy in the argument that is oftentimes portrayed in the NRA-loving community that holds millions of automatic rifles and other weapons of mass destruction?
You hate a holy book because someone could get two meanings from it. One person, your typical Muslim, gets a sense of peace and theological answers to life from it. The other, a radicalized Jihad, gets a sense of chaotic superiority out of it and goes out to kill innocent people.
Now let me explain why I hate the weapons that have the capability of murdering dozens of innocent people at once! One of you gun loving heroes use it to decorate a show room and go out to a range with your pals Skeeter and Jeffrey once a month to watch smoke pour from the tip of a barrel. Someone else, a mentally insane psychopath or a crazy murderer, will use it to take the lives of innocent people and be plastered on the news for the next week and a half: that’s when the next shooting will be, and they’ll be old news!
America has Second Amendment Rights. Yes, rights that were crafted by founding fathers who knew nothing more than muskets and bayonets. Guns that are heavy, clunky, and take a long time to reload. Not guns that have the capability of wiping out entire towns and being used to the extent that modern day machinery is. We’re talking about the 18th century, when there were thirteen colonies and not fifty states.
To quote libertarian fan-favorite Thomas Jefferson, who of course played a major role in this whole set-up: “each generation should draft a new constitution, it should evolve with the times”. He essentially argued that each generation should have a say in the constitution and the laws that govern them. Well then, everything’s debunked now: isn’t it?
On similar ground it may be proved that no society can make a perpetual constitution, or even a perpetual law. The earth belongs always to the living generation. They may manage it then, and what proceeds from it, as they please, during their usufruct. They are masters too of their own persons, and consequently may govern them as they please. But persons and property make the sum of the objects of government. The constitution and the laws of their predecessors extinguished them, in their natural course, with those whose will gave them being. This could preserve that being till it ceased to be itself, and no longer. Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19. years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force and not of right. — Thomas Jefferson
Times have changed, with new technology and mechanics being introduced over the last two hundred years of American society. Thus, in the pit of a crisis where 32,000 Americans are killed every year because of gun related issues…in a society that is being mocked by a world that has managed to deal with the situation through reform and legislation…why the fuck are you still arguing about it?
Mass shootings are BIG BUCKS for the National Rifle Association. Legislators are deep in the pockets of NRA representatives and platforms. Senators give more prayer than thought, ignoring the crisis at hands to accept more money from the lobbying that has been knocking at civilian death doors for years now.
And despite what anyone would think of me after reading this far, I’m a moderate when it comes to gun legislation. Yes, you read that right. A moderate. If asking for mental health reform and the ban of weapons like the fucking AR-15 is radical, then appreciating the mass murder of countless American lives is so far off the charts that it deserves the mental health reform that I’ve stood behind for years.