vaporeowned asked: can i just ask, what are you opinions on gun laws in america? Because ive seen a lot of things defending the right to bear arms but i dont understand why anybody would want such easy access to such deadly weapons
haha welp that was random. And I might have been the wrong person to ask.
I am kind of centrist on this, leaning slightly towards being pro-gun, which is something I don’t talk about much because I’m not invested enough in it to argue for it. I don’t own a gun. I’m absolutely pro murder laws being enforced, which is why I reblog things on miscarriages of justice especially relating to black men and boys being freely murdered with no penalty, and I’m pro- common sense things like domestic abusers being denied access to guns. I think most of the pro-gun rhetoric about how this or that shooting wouldn’t have happened if everyone had had a gun is power fantasy bullshit that flies in the face of reality. And anyone who thinks open-carry makes people “politer” is a pretty horrifying abusive bully who likes making people feel afraid in their presence.
That said, I am for access to them. This post covers some of the reasons why, and I quote:
What I am going to say is that, as far as my right to fight for myself, and for my own survival, let alone my own human rights, I can and must arm myself to at minimum to the capacity of my potential assailants’ and oppressors’ ability whenever and wherever possible.
As a mixed-race liberal WoC in the American Southeast, one of four femme-presenting sisters in a blended-faith family with queer-identifying relatives, living near a few military bases? In many ways, me and my loved ones are what state and local law enforcement have been fighting against, and lynching because of, for centuries. And if I am going to arm myself for self-defense, I am much more likely to have to defend myself from police brutality or gang-rape from trained soldiers than I am from the carjackers and purse-snatchers thought up as stand-ins for crime from some White suburban fantasy. I am statistically much more likely to be disappeared for the audacity of my flesh and its legacy than I am to be shot by a mass-murderer at my university; but with restrictions on the ability to legally access guns, a mass-murderer will either wait out the system or will find another way to kill, while I still wait around hoping not to be posthumously filed in with all the other numbers of dead brown girls treated as runaways, junkies, prostitutes, illegal immigrants.
Gun control makes it so the only people with guns are the ones with nefarious intent and the ones with power, and despite the myth that the two will, somehow, cancel each other out and protect the rest of us in the middle, the fact is that shit is a Venn diagram with considerable fucking overlap for most of the unarmed masses.
I feel that the most abusive, dangerous people already have guns. And I don’t even mean street thugs. I mean cops, I mean respectable Republican middle-class white men who do their taxes. And ultimately, the ones who get gun “controlled” are the ones already intersectionally oppressed in other ways. The wealthy white man never loses access to his guns. A lot of anti-gun stuff is thinly-veiled fear of poor folk and “minorities,” wanting to take guns out of THEIR hands, but not out of the hands of the police—saying it’s the cops’ job to protect us, not our job to protect ourselves, which is a statement of profound privilege, because the cops are really only there to protect certain types of people.
And I know that because of our fucked-up legal system you will only get slammed harder for having a gun. But you know that gets into some really skeevy victim-blaming logic. “You shouldn’t try to fight back. It’s your fault your abuser had to hurt you more. If you’d just been passive you might have gotten off easier.” Fuck no. I want the abusers to feel a tithe of the fear the rest of us have to feel every day. I grew up in a place where cops strutted openly armed through elementary schools, and the children legitimately feared being shot if they were naughty. I want the cops to fear that maybe I have the gun this time. Or maybe one of their other victims does.
I also don’t like the government acting like a parent, deciding that shit is “too dangerous” for us and we can’t be allowed to have it. Guns, drugs, whatever. (I AM for them regulating corporations and making them not expose us to toxins, but THAT THEY DON’T FUCKING DO. Yeah it’s “safety first” until billions of dollars are involved. When it’s the personal freedoms of the weakest members of society, suddenly they’re terribly concerned.) I especially don’t like people getting long prison sentences for victimless crimes. I met a guy in Canada who got 20 years in prison for dealing pot and having guns. 20 years of his life. Is that fucking unreasonable? He didn’t shoot anyone.
Basically the tl;dr is that I don’t like guns, I don’t want guns, but guns exist, Pandora’s box is fucking open, and since the powerful already have access to it and WILL CONTINUE to have access to it because that’s like the definition of having power, how about those fighting for their lives against those same powerful people at least get access to the same tools?
And y I know in some countries the cops have fewer guns. I’m 100% down with that too. But it’s disingenuous to express cops having fewer guns as a vague wish, and their victims having fewer guns as legislation and prison sentences. The reality is that cops and other abusers have the guns NOW. Change that and we’ll talk.
Oh and ALSO, one last thing, I really loathe how ableist the debate on guns can get, like saying that no one with ANY previous mental health issues should have access to a gun, or even that people should have mental exams as part of the application process. Like holy shit is that ableist. You are literally not only conflating mental illness with violence, but doing it to the extent that you are implying that ALL violence is the result of mental illness, that neurotypical/sane people are not violent, which is some BULLSHIT right there. Like do I need to pull out the stats again where mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators? By that logic, only the mentally ill should carry guns. And you know, mental illness diagnoses are also like an intersectional thing, pushed more on women and PoC and queer folks, partly because society traumatizes said people on the regular and do you THINK that’s gonna give you some anxiety or whatnot, and also just because it’s easier to brand such people with a stigma and invalidate them. So the whole mental health angle on gun control is not only ableist as shit, it’s yet another way to keep guns in the hands of the oppressors and out of the hands of the oppressed.
I don’t think making guns freely available is the solution. I think we need to do a lot of work to make people in our society less reliant on guns. We need to shut down the prison industrial complex, have cops trained in non-violent techniques and deescalation instead of bullies on power trips, and like address some of the hideous power imbalances in our society, which means addressing poverty because the end result of all oppressions is that it makes you POOR, but…I don’t think gun control/restrictions is helping, so I’m against that.
Ugh I’ve been too dumb today. :\ Ah well, at least I don’t have anything else to do today, so I can’t fuck up too much more. :P
The zipper broke on my pants today. Funny, I thought they’d go the way of my other deceased pants (getting a humongous hole in the butt).