The Gun Fetish

The Merriam-Webster Definitions of ASSAULT

a : a violent physical or verbal attack
b : a military attack usually involving direct combat with enemy forces
c : a concerted effort (as to reach a goal or defeat an adversary)
a : a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact
b : rape
So the gun fetishists who continue to promote an alternative lifestyle of gun love in an artificial atmosphere of fear adore weapons made and named for violent attacks, military attacks,  threats to others that put them in immediate danger, etc. 

As for fetishes, to each his or her own - as long as it's consenting but I don't consent to be placed at risk by some man-child who still wants to play army or cowboys and indians with live ammo. 

I'm fine with hunting rifles, shotguns, etc.  These have some utility beyond testosterone boosters.


Jared said...

"Assault weapon" is, in my opinion, one of the great misnomers of our day. ALL weapons are "assault weapons." Be they designed for assaulting rodentia, aves, or ruminantia or designed to assault hominids, they are all meant for assaulting something.

On this note, I think every weapon should be registered. Specific features should be regulated:
1) cartridge-specific overall weapon length, barrel length, and capacity
2) no magazines
3) revolver-only handgun policy for civilians (if you can't hit something with 5 shots, try going to the range more)
4) better background-check process; also, require any sale to be done through a broker which performs these checks
5) Firearms already owned are NOT exempt and subject to market-price buyback (market-price set by the average market price of the weapon over the past two years)
6) This one is important: off-duty police or military are NOT allowed to carry their issue weapons on them when off duty.
7) Exception to parts 1-4: FFL holders, but these should also be slightly more difficult to get.

Jarred Hutton said...

I will say that American owning guns is not to protect us from our Neighbors, but to keep the Government in check. Before standing armies, Militias ruled the land.
A government not afraid of its citizens is a tyranny.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

I guess that I think that all the 2nd Ammendment crap is really an excuse for the real reason angry white guys want machine guns - they like the sense of power.