There are oodles of things I don’t understand about gun control debate, but one of the most important – and least discussed - is pride of ownership. Samurais had to earn their swords. So did medieval knights. A combination of culture and cost prohibited every yahoo off the farm from possessing the world’s most lethal personal weapons of the time. A sword became a source of pride and prestige. What I can’t understand is why gun lovers don’t what a bit of the same.
Getting your racing license is cool because racing cars is dangerous. That’s why you can’t do it on the streets. It’s easy to kill other people with a high performance vehicle. So, there are tracks, sanctioned events and you need a license to race. You have to take a course, learn the rules and safety protocols and then show proof of proficiency. Getting your racing license means something.
Getting your gun license should be cool too. Because firearms are dangerous. It’s easy to kill people with a high caliber weapon. You should have to take a course, learn the rules and safety protocols and then show proof of proficiency. Getting your gun license should mean something too.
I’m betting a lot of true gun lovers feel this way. Guns are not for everyone. Access, sure. Everyone should have the opportunity. But they ain’t blenders, right?
The gun lobbies don’t feel this way and that is the real shame of the matter. Commonsense restrictions are painted as slippery slopes, catastrophes for the firearm enthusiasts, Hell in a handbasket. Because gun lobbies need enemies to generate cash. If they win, they loose. No one sends money to the suffragettes anymore because women got the right to vote. Gun lobbies need to demonize all gun control legislation, regardless of logic, because people don’t get fired up and write checks to promote reasonable compromise.
At least, they haven’t. I’m curious to see what happens next. Racecar drivers don’t want to be on the track with someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. Maybe gun owners will start to say the same thing about the streets.