Before we get too far into this, let me say that I am not one of these people who believes that kids need to be protected from everything. I tend to believe that we are treating children like they are made of glass and have to be protected from everything. However, the NRA recently did something that pissed me off. It pissed me off so much because they decided to take a tragedy and turn it into a chance for them to market for their hobby – ammosexuality. The worst thing about it is – it spits in the face of the victims of this tragedy and it makes a mockery of what should be a serious talking point – giving high-powered, automatic weapons to kids.
I’m sure that all of you know about the tragic death in Arizona. See, some ammosexual dumbfuck decided that they were going to teach their nine year old daughter how to hande a fucking Uzi! An Uzi! What on Earth does a kid that young need with a gun like that?! I’m just dying to know what the answer is. Naturally, this gun was far too powerful for her. The instructor switches the weapon to full-auto and the girl loses control of it. A video was made of the girl blowing the instructor’s head off. For real, you get to see this poor kid as she is covered in blood and has the death of a human being on her conscious. This kid is going to be scarred forever because of this, and the family who put her in that situation should be fucking ashamed. I feel so bad for this kid, because she is nine years old, and she has the death of someone following her around. I can’t imagine how hard that is.
Of course, an incident this crazy, along with another incident of a boy losing control of an Uzi and killing his father, got people to talking about gun regulation. More specifically, whether or not children should be allowed to handle guns when they are that young. Especially a gun that is powerful and can take a life. It’s not like these kids had a BB gun and shot someone in the ass. Hell, I was that kid. No, these are guns that can kill and kick like mules. But the moment that we want to talk about gun regulation, the NRA had to get involved.
Before we get too far down this path, I’m not for banning of all guns like some of my liberal compatriots. I may be a left-wing douche, but I know that banning guns would be a useless waste of time, because it would just have people using guns illegally. Banning things doesn’t work in this country. However, I am NOT against there being some stricter regulations on gun ownership. I see nothing wrong with people having to have a license to own a firearm. We license people to drive and to vote, it’s only fair that we have them have a license to use a weapon that can easily kill people.
Despite all of the tragic elements in play, however, the NRA had to be a bunch of fucking pricks who use this opportunity to shill out something for themselves – how to have fun with the kids at the gun range! Don’t believe me? Here’s a link to an article talking about a Tweet that the NRA sent out two days after the shooting, with an article attached to it that talks about the seven ways that you can have fun with the kids at the gun range. Are you fucking kidding me?! You had to go and use a tragedy that is going to scar a little girl for life to hock your shit?! What the fuck is wrong with you people?!
Naturally, they took the Tweet down, but The Huffington Post did a screen-cap and it is now making the rounds. As always, the NRA is unapologetic. Like they believed that taking the Tweet down would make how utterly insensitive it is go away. The NRA is a bunch of cruel, cold-blooded ammosexuals who are so dedicated to their crowd that they will go from being against openly carrying guns in public, to being in support of it, when they felt the threat of losing their fanbase. And, once-again, they are turning something that is tragic into a chance for them to look good.
But this isn’t like other times. See, they can’t do like during the last big NRA fiasco after the Newtown shooting and blame violent video games. Here, they might have to actually critically analyze this issue. They might have to actually wonder – is it okay to have a policy that kids as young as 8 can shoot at a gun range? Is that a good thing? Should be we giving high-powered weapons to small children who can’t handle them? Oh shit, that might involve doing something against our interests! Oh no, back away! Back away from it fast! Quick, let’s totally get them off-topic with something else!
Like every great tragedy that I have ever seen the corporate media talk about, they decide to talk about the wrong stuff. They decide to talk about gun ownership and gun safety. Instead, we should be talking about not letting small children handle guns, because it is flat-out insane that we are putting the power of life and death in the hands of small children. Hell, when I see these people who take assault rifles in public, I think that we shouldn’t be giving it to some adults. Let’s not make this another ideological divide that we can argue about until we’re blue in the face. Why are responsible gun owners not with us on this? I’m sure that some are, and good on them. But an issue this simple should be clear to everybody.
And my heart goes out to both that poor girl and the poor boy who now have to live with seeing someone get killed right in front of them. It must fuck a kid up when you watch someone’s brains go out and die. I hope that they can get the help they need and go on to leave this horrible tragedy behind.
Until next time, a quote,
“And the problem isn’t just that they’re so legal in America. It’s that they’re so beloved. Guns aren’t just a tool of last resort, they’re awesome! That’s why people stroke them, name them and take pictures with them. You guys aren’t just firearm enthusiasts. You’re ammosexuals.” -Bill Maher