American gun culture is toxic, CMV
Obviously as a libertarian I’m pro-gun. But the way guns are treated, at least among right-wing circles in the south, is neither responsible nor appealing.
I view guns as a tool that is to be used only with the intent to hurt a living thing for your own survival (although I’m totally okay with shooting sports). I do not want to use my gun if I don’t have to.
But there is an alarming display among many gun owners who seem to want to use their gun to hurt someone. I’m sure we’ve all seen those pictures of fathers holding guns near their daughters’ dates, or those people walking into a McDonald’s with an AR15 strapped to their backs. My question is, why? It’s your right, but you know that most people live every day of their lives without walking in to every business with a gun. So I can only conclude that, by being flashy and flaunting your gun for all to see, you want to elicit a reaction from someone to give you an excuse to use your weapon. And you might be saying: “Well, you’re stupid for being afraid of it.” And to that I respond: “I’d be stupid to not be afraid of a stranger walking in with a gun that can kill me from feet away at a moment’s notice.”
To summarize, it seems like people are very eager to use their guns against people, and are willing to put themselves into a situation where they can. I think that’s incredibly irresponsible and harmful to the gun-rights movement. Guns are tools, not a fetish/toy/accessory for you to flaunt. End rant.
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