Last week Now Magazine (one of Toronto’s alt weeklies) printed an article backing David Miller’s call for a handgun ban. This is perfectly sensible policy that many industrialized countries already have in place. Handguns are dangerous and have no real purpose other than to kill people. Gun clubs where people engage in target practise are often cited as an exception. But what are they practicing? How to kill. It’s akin to having a club where people practise slipping date-rape drugs into someone else’s drink. Why are you practicing that anyway?
Anyway, Now publishes this article and the “responsible” gun owners go apeshit (I think that’s the technical psychiatric term). These “responsible” individuals (that’s how they style themselves) have written all kinds of letters in response to the article. In these letters, the gun owners channel their outrage and develop nuanced, thoughtful arguments that advance their opinions on the legal and moral aspects of the gun debate.
They call Now’s article a “stalinist” piece written by “latte-quaffing fags.” Oh yeah, and one guntard just says that the problem is black people.
If the gun community cannot tolerate any discussion of their hobby without turning into 13 year-olds, then they, of all people, clearly should not be trusted with firearms. Between this tirade and what constitutes attempted murder of Liberal supporters in Guelph in response to the long gun registry, I am convinced that the gun fanatics are exactly the wrong people to be trusted with dangerous weapons. Hell, I don’t even trust them with scissors (well, maybe safety scissors.
As long as handguns are available, it seems as though the people who will be most attracted to them will be emotionally stunted man-children – the words of these individuals constitute the strongest evidence as to why they themselves are wrong. They say that if guns are criminalized, only criminals will have guns, I say that as long as guns are legal, idiots and criminals will have guns. Please ban handguns.