These are hard times for you, American conservatives. It’s no secret that the results of the recent election came to you as a shock. So let us offer this article as the first in a series (we hope) designed to help you bring closure to your lives.
It’s true. President Obama is going to ruin your days and haunt the darkest hours of your nights for four more years. Yes, gays are now marching down the aisles to marry. Yes, pot smoking is now legal in two states.
That’s okay. Stay calm, conservative Americans. The Second Amendment is still safe and you have all your guns. And by “all your guns,” we mean all your guns. Really, you are some gun-toting fools. No other nation comes close to the United States when you’re talking mass firepower. Private citizens in this country own an estimated 270 million handguns and rifles, or roughly 88.8 weapons for every 100 people. That’s the highest gun-ownership rate of any country in the world. Americans own more guns, per capita, than Yemenis (54.8) who come in #2, and Yemen is bogged down in a civil war.
What we’re trying to say, conservatives, is don’t give way to despair. The electoral process works. It just doesn’t always go your way. But don’t forget, in 2009, at the urging of the National Rifle Association (motto: you really need to buy more guns!) twenty states, including Florida and Montana, passed “castle laws” expanding the right of citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes. New laws have also made it easier to obtain licenses to carry concealed weapons. And earlier this month Oklahoma became the fifteenth state to enact an “open carry” law making it legal to carry a weapon in plain view.
Heading to the grocery? Got your wallet? Check. Car keys? Check. Pistol strapped to your hip? Check. You’re ready to roll.
Now get out there and pick up a can of beans.
Anthony Sykes, the Republican state senator who wrote the Oklahoma law, recently explained why getting the open-carry law passed mattered so much: “This enhances Oklahomans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights. I think the evidence is clear that gun owners are some of the most responsible people, and they’ve shown that in not just Oklahoma, where we’ve had conceal carry for quite some time and there’s never been an incident, but in these other states as well.” So, there you have it. More guns mean more safety. Isn’t that right? Of course it is. So carry your guns proudly, conservative Americans—to the doctor’s office, to the ice cream parlor, to the nearest children’s playground.
Maybe even to a gay wedding.
Oh, sure, liberals will bring up the incident in Florida, where the 15-year-old boy discharged a weapon on the school bus, killing a 13-year-old girl in front of her younger sister. Well, guns don’t kill people. Bullets do. (Not to mention old age.) Well, alright, it’s true: Dan Fredenberg was shot three times in Kalispell, Montana, after stepping into Brice Harper’s garage to accuse his neighbor of having an affair with his wife. Sure, Fredenberg was unarmed at the time. That just goes to show you if we all carried weapons we could all shoot back too.
So, there you have it conservatives. Next time you’re feeling gloomy about the direction this country is headed, pick up your gun. Feel the reassuring weight in your hand. Study the blue steel. Beautiful, isn’t it? Wrap your fingers round the grip. This is America, baby, and no one is taking away your guns.
Quite the opposite, actually. If you folks keep buying up armament at the same rate you have since President Obama was first elected and then (horrors) re-elected, you’re going to have to start giving some of your extra guns to toddlers and babies.
SELECT COMPARISON OF GUN OWNERSHIP AND HOMICIDE RATES
|Guns per 100 persons||Gun-related homicides||Gun-related homicides per 100,000 persons|
|England & Wales||6.2||41||0.07|