Gun Control Will Not Fix Gun Culture

We need to proselytize peace.

Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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Side view of a pistol lying on a wood surface. Public domain photo by lifesizepotato.

Today I read an article about a man who shot and killed his neighbor because he was using a leaf blower. The writer described the incident as part of “a string of shootings in which people have been harmed or killed over trivial matters.”

Now I, like many people, hate the sound of leaf blowers. I’m sure some who feel this way have fantasized about shooting people who use these and similar noisemakers. Some might even privately — or publicly —applaud this execution.

Here’s the thing: US-Americans shooting each other with little or no provocation is nothing new. Some have suggested that the media is currently featuring these stories to counter the narrative that the shooting of Black teen Ralph Yarl was racially motivated. “See, white people get shot for no good reason too!”

Regardless, it’s due to our gun-glorifying culture that people go beyond fantasies of ending the lives of people who irritate them to actually doing so. They do so with legally-purchased firearms as well as illegally obtained ones. They do so with pistols as well as machine guns. And they do so accidentally as well as intentionally.

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Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Queer agender trans male. Black vegan atheist, pacifist. Pronouns: they/them/their. funcrunch.org, patreon.com/funcrunch