Whenever we have yet another mass shooting in the country, the usual cry is that because of the Second Amendment we can’t do anything about restricting gun ownership in this country. Proponents of guns will throw up all kinds of slippery slope arguments about restricting types of guns, numbers of guns, or ammo, and demand that the rest of us answer their unanswerable questions. Or they throw up smokescreens about “mental health” and “banning cars” and other non sequiturs.
So, no, gun humpers, I am not going to engage in your hypothetical impossibilities.
Instead, let’s try this. Imagine that this country is largely gun free. You know, like the rest of the industrialized world. Don’t pretend we had to have a way to get there. Just assume that’s where we started, with no “Second Amendment” or other shibboleths that allow anyone to own an arsenal.
Imagine we live in a United States without the gun deaths we now have, a country without guns.
Now, let’s imagine you want to convince me that the country needs to become the United States we now have, with stockpiles of weapons and ammo, and daily gun deaths, and mass shootings every other day.
What are your arguments? Remember, there is no “Second Amendment.” You need to convince me that our actual current status is where we want to move towards.
Or if this is too hard, then pretend I’m Australia, and convince me why I need to become the United States.
Take all the time you need.