This is almost certainly not going to be the post you think it is, regardless of what side you are on. I’ve been watching the gun debates rage on for years, but very intensely for the last couple years, and something has become very clear to me, and I want to talk about it.
Now, before I dive in, if you’re offended by intense language, this post is going to be a bit more graphic than even I am used to putting on here. So, if you’re a family member who doesn’t want to read dirty stuff, or you’re just someone who doesn’t want to read multiple fucks, and references of a sexual nature, I recommend you stop reading now.
A major issue with our society and guns, is fetishism. The “anti-gun” crowd (who are largely not anti-gun, but are deemed so because they are the “fewer gun” crowd) don’t seem to know how to talk about this, and I think that the “pro-gun” crowd are unable to recognize it. We hear lots of rhetoric, about how “guns are tools,” but to many gun owners, whether they’re willing to admit it or not, that is simply not true. There are Instagram pages, and websites, and probably magazines and everything else in which half naked women, are carrying big fucking guns. There are ‘mods’ to make your gun look colorful, or fun, or match your personality. People brag about their collections. This isn’t the behavior associated with normal tools (maybe Snap-On, but not screwdrivers, and hammers and shit).
Is there a problem with guns in and of them selves? I honestly don’t think so. But when a ‘tool’ which is capable of such severe damage causes certain types of people to cum in their pants, that’s probably not a healthy spot to be in. Now, I’m sure that you’re probably reading this and thinking “not me, I’m not a gun fetishist,” and I would assume if you’re still reading at this point, you probably are not, but the gun fetishists are the ones ruining it for everyone else. I know probably 5 guys right off the top of my head who I would assume get erections when looking at guns.
You probably have heard video games, and bad parenting, and now bullying being blamed for school shootings and other forms of mass shootings, and I wonder, are these the root of the problem, or is it possible that if you have succumbed to this gun fetishism, and you see a video game in which you get to use them for their intended purpose (because anyone who says an AR-15 or an AK47 are not intended to assault human beings is full of shit) wouldn’t you want to try it, and maybe eventually, if you’re already prone to it, wouldn’t you want to go to the next logical step? If you’re being bullied and you keep hearing about “a good guy with a gun,” and you have access to these weapons that make you feel like a big man or woman, that make you feel powerful, make you feel alive, wouldn’t it be a possibility that you’d want to use that? Couple all of this with a level of mental instability, or rhetorical brainwashing, and all of a sudden the object of your desire feels like justice or a liberation tool, or whatever you need it to be.
So how do we deal with gun fetishization? And that is a question, that I think hasn’t really been addressed. Will common sense gun laws help in this scenario? I’m guessing the answer is minimally. We need to admit there is an issue, and then start thinking about addressing the issue. I know a lot of liberals are going to get mad at me, but while I don’t think that violence in movies and TV is a direct contributor to violence, it is hard to argue that much of this gun fetishization, just like so many other societal issues, aren’t being helped by some of our modern media.
I’m not sure if we need to be talking about only making violence in films realistic, or maybe it only needs to be cartoonish, and I am certainly not a fan of doing away with it altogether, but there has got to be some honesty in the fact that we’re a country with a lot of people who are aroused by guns, or it is an extension of their own sexual inadequacy or something, and we need to figure out how not to feed into that as a society.
If you’re still here and my language offended you, or the graphic terminology upset you, please realize that people dying senselessly is worse than that, and regardless of how much I might swear on this post, all of that is the real problem.