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Gun Control: Being Honest

As a lifelong gun-owner with a concealed weapon permit and an admitted fascination with the technology and hardware of firearms, I think its time to own up to the realities of gun violence in the U.S. and the honest reason why gun-control is opposed so vehemently. It has to do with the elementary psyche of a certain portion of the American people who empower the gun industry and the NRA.

First we should recognize the reality that this issue is primarily an American phenomenon. Our Nation has a problem that is so astronomically greater than any other free nation in the world it is patently ridiculous. Why is that?

Part of it is the way the 2nd Amendment has been interpreted and part of it is the gun industry’s capitalization on the entertainment industry’s portrayal of the importance and place of firearms in our nation’s history and cultural mythology. For people my age, Hollywood got fat on war movies, westerns, crime dramas and righteous vengeance dramas. In all of these genres, firearms play a major, almost a co-starring, role.

Growing up we played either sports or guns. We got our first BB guns as pre-teens and our first 22’s in our early teens. I have always been fascinated with shooting. We hunted, but mostly not as a sport but rather when we needed (or wanted) meat that wasn’t beef. As I got older there were always at least five guns in every place I lived or visited, and if someone was well enough off, often many more. We figured we needed a 22 long rifle, a shotgun or two, a 30-30 or 308 scoped rifle, a large caliber pistol or two and, more recently, a 223 semi-auto rifle. A few thousand rounds of ammo seemed sufficient. We have always, until recently, been members of the NRA. Unfortunately the NRA has switched their allegiance from the people to the gun industry and even embraced Russian Oligarchs so we have discarded our memberships.

So what about the concept of gun control? We have never feared the government coming to get our guns. We would just hide them! But from the aspect of gun violence, particularly to the average annual, occasional, or even avid hunter, the ownership of military-type weapons and hardware; bump-stocks, conversion kits, extended magazines, etc., stems from a totally different motive. Nor are we talking about the serious sport shooter, interested mostly in proficiency and accuracy. We’re talking to that particular group that I belong to. It’s a group featuring a multitude of types: from want-to-be outlaws to want-to-be cops, to paranoids expecting jackbooted government agents to be kicking down their doors, to ethnic peoples afraid of Fascism or racial war, to end-of-the-world Preppers, to Zombie-apocalpse dreamers, to John Waynes, Rambos, John Wicks and others just fascinated by the technology, the smell of cordite, the noise, and the feeling of power we feel when the weapon discharges and the projectile destroys a target.

For me it’s an aversion to government, particularly what the American government did to Native Nations, and my participation and support of the Red Power War fought in the 70’s. It’s also a fascination with the technology. Once you’ve had one, most of the time you’d like another. Then another and another. For some it becomes a collector’s hobby, for others, an obsession.

Ask people why they want their guns and you will get the usual cliches; 2nd Amendment Rights, home and self protection, etc. etc., but the real reason is more visceral and personal. For someone my age its often just the fact that we grew up thinking of the gun as another appendage to be called on when needed. We didn’t think much about why and having a closet full of firearms was normal.

Even after the recent Las Vegas shooting, I found myself thinking maybe I should buy a couple of bump-stocks for the 223 and 308 caliber rifles that I don’t even own. Why? Because it might be made illegal. Why do I need one? I don’t, but just in case I do, right? Same reason I’m fascinated by silencers—even though I don’t own one. Or sniper rifles. If I had resources to waste I might own them, but like the boat owner who never takes out his boat because he can’t afford gas, I’d probably rarely take them out of the case!

This group I belong to owns all the guns, and even though percentage wise it’s a fairly small amount of Americans, it still represents a pretty large and diverse group. It will be extremely difficult harnessing this group to the cause of military-style gun control. Despite the necessity to do so to save lives and limit mass-murder, the psyche of this segment of the American populace won’t agree. I’m different. I’d say–PASS THE LAWS but before they go into effect, if I could afford it, I’d probably run out and buy everything being prohibited. I’m just being honest.

On the other hand, you’d think we could use Background Checks, fingerprint technology or DNA recognition or something to diminish excess available weaponry and reduce gun violence in the U.S. without taking away guns from our arrogant, paranoid, delusional and sociopathic citizenry—me included.

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James BlueWolf

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