A Responsible, Progressive Gun Owner Speaks Out On Our Violence

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Albuquerque vigil following the Pulse Massacre in Florida

It is time to address the elephant in the room, (*ahem, GOP), and it’s up to us — responsible independent, liberal, and progressive guns owners — to do so.

I own a freaking hand cannon — a .357 Magnum Smith and Wesson six-shot revolver. It does not have a 30 round magazine. I am trained in how to use it. I come from a military family, and here is the deal…

If I cannot defend my “castle” against an intruder with THAT thing loaded up with six hollow point rounds, then no Bushmaster or Ruger, with 150 rounds in five magazines, is going to save me.

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My hand-cannon, image via Steve Rothrock, used with permission, all rights reserved

If a hunter requires 30 rounds to bag Bambi, then they have no business putting their finger anywhere near a trigger.

My pistol is registered and licensed in the red state of North Carolina.

I believe that a person should pay for insurance if they do not get properly trained in all aspects of gun ownership, from storage to hitting center mass. Period.

And please don’t tell me you need a god damn arsenal the size of your two car garage to defend yourself against anything as unlikely as a full-scale assault by the Feds from your bunker in Idaho. They will not be coming with a wet noodle. You will not be victorious. They have drones, and cruise missiles and tanks. Your AR 15 will not help.

This is about white male privilege run amok. This is about men who believe that they need bazooka-sized p*nis extensions- for Blue Cross Blue Shield to pay for their Viagra, while denying women contraception at their local Planned Parenthood. It is why these mass killings are generally committed by domestic violence offenders.

Trump is a grotesque symptom of a deeper problem, and that problem reveals a dank, dark, destructive manufactured-fear that now runs rampant. This freak flag of pathetic insecurity now waves about proudly in shopping malls, in churches and in sports-ball stadiums across the country.

We are the most frightened and frightening nation on Earth. We now have two arms races- one with whatever Lockheed Martin can shove down our throats in our PermaWars for Profit, and one right here within our own borders…

And that arms race is between all of us as fellow Americans, and no one is “winning.”


Featured image via Wikimedia Commons, Aldari, Candlelight vigil for the Orlando nightclub shooting held at Morningside Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, CC

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