The gun lobby’s arguments are riddled with holes, but let’s follow the logic to see if we can end the carnage.
So there you have it, America: More guns and fewer laws. Oh, and don’t forget the low-key media coverage, just in case the first two don’t work.
None of the other supposed factors – mental illness, video games, movies, music, the desire to protect oneself, reporting on the perpetrators, etc. – are exclusive to our country. Sorry, but the biggest difference is the affinity for weaponry that is ingrained in American culture.
Americans make up 4 percent of the world’s population, but own more than 40 percent of all privately held firearms, according to damning statistics compiled by Vox.com. The gun lobby posits that more guns equal less crime, a point that just happens to be profitable for manufacturers. But if that were true, our country wouldn’t be homicide central.
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies was once the victim of a home invasion in England, where he was brutally beaten and his girlfriend was threatened with rape. If he only had a gun, right?
He pierces that prophylactic with a monologue detailing just how vigilant one would have to be while at the same time trying to be a careful gun owner. The gun is in a safe, locked or unloaded? Home invaders aren’t going to wait while you unlock and load. How about packing heat at all times? Not exactly conducive to warm family moments. And, really, who does that anyway?
Jefferies notes the overwhelming odds that a gun is going to harm a member of the household, not an invader. He asks why Americans can’t just admit the truth.
“You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! … None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.”
There it is. Point blank. Don’t look away.
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