I was in high school when Columbine happened. I was in law school when Virginia Tech happened. Then I lived in northern Illinois when NIU happened. Next, I wanted to see The Dark Knight Returns when Aurora happened but ended up too scared to go to the movies. I was an out gay man when Orlando happened. Now, I live in Kentucky when Marshall County happened.
I don’t care about hunting. I don’t care about your protection. And I don’t care if you like guns. People like awful things and we say “NO” as a society all of the time. Guns need to be the same thing. I am sick and tired of people defending any of this. No one needs the weapons they have today. And you want to know why we know that – 3% of people own 50% of the guns in the country.
And here is my solution: taxes.
Did you know that there is a tax on arrow shafts? A manufacturer of an arrow shaft needs to pay 51 cents per shaft. A fishing tackle box has a 3% tax on the sales price. Fishing equipment has a 10% tax on its sale price.
So, here we go: each bullet gets a tax. $10 per bullet. You want to shoot a fucking deer. Pay for it. You want 30 rounds for your goddamn AR-15. Pay an additional $300 for it. Because right now, you can murder thirty people for the low, low price of $13.
“Mental Health Crisis”
And if you tell me one more time we need to fix the “mental health” crisis of this country, shut your mouth. As someone who has seen a therapist for a majority of my life, fuck you. Provide free health care for people if you want to go down that route. But instead, you want to make the poor find work before getting Medicaid. You want to defund advertising so that people know about the Affordable Care Act. You want to remove the mandate so that people who decide they don’t need medical health insurance, they don’t get it.
And guess what? Do you think a 19 year old kid who doesn’t value life is going to go get health insurance and then find a therapist? Of course not! And it’s not just because of the availability. You all belittle those of us who seek help. And mental health care continues to stigmatize people who truly want to live fruitful lives.
Things the Government Wants to Regulate Instead of Guns
- Food stamps
- Food available for food stamps
- Work for Medicaid
- Legal immigration
- The Internet
- Who Can Use a Bathroom
- Printing a Gay Pride t-shirt
And please bring up the Second Amendment. The NRA only decided that the Second Amendment made gun ownership a right after they worked to take guns away from the Black Panthers.
Regulation was a part of our history.
In 1619, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed a law making the transfer of guns to Native Americans punishable by death. Other laws across the colonies criminalized selling or giving firearms to slaves, indentured servants, Catholics, vagrants and those who refused to swear a loyalty oath to revolutionary forces. Guns could be confiscated or kept in central locations for the defense of the community. And in the late 1700s and early 1800s, the state and federal governments conducted several arms censuses. (Imagine what the NRA would say if government officials went door to door today asking people how many guns they owned and whether they were functional.)
But let’s say you want to go with “original intent.” Take your musket. Use it. That’s all you get. It’s all the Founding Fathers have.
And focus on what the original intent of our nation truly was by its Preamble:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
- I will never use or buy a gun.
- I will never accept the fact that you or anyone should buy a gun.
- My vote will never support anyone who does not want to restrain gun ownership.
- If you mention mental health and you do not support universal health care, you need to mention nothing and I will not listen to one word you say.
- I will continue to support Everytown for Gun Safety.
- I will continue to support and fight for a gun ban similar to what Australia did over a decade ago.