After engaging with gun rights folks online for the past week, in light of the horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14th, I have come to the conclusion that the most commonly heard arguments against tighter gun control laws basically boil down to a singular sentiment:
“I Don’t Want To Give Up My AR-15.”
That’s what it comes down to: “My rights to my shooting hobby and owning a military-style semi-automatic rifle outweigh other Americans’ rights to having a decent expectation of safety in public spaces such as schools, movie theaters, and churches.” No matter how many shootings happen, or how deadly they become. No matter if it’s children or high schoolers getting slaughtered. Too bad. I want my lethal toys.
Well, to this blatant selfishness on the part of gun advocates, I say “too bad.” Too fucking bad. AR-15’s and similar rifles have no place in a civilized society, other than in the hands of the military and police. I don’t care what you think the 2nd Amendment entitles you to, because you’re wrong. There is no sound argument against having sensible restrictions on these killing machines. And rational Americans who place more value in the lives of our children than semi-automatic rifles will keep fighting until changes are made.