Lol Nick Kristof with the "what about regulation argument"
What can be done to break the political stalemate on gun policy so that we can save lives?
Fucking put Wayne LaPierre in prison.
Once upon a time the NRA was a hunters' organization. They were running out of money and needed to do some outreach. So they went with the Republican Crazies. Amusingly enough, the exact same year the Republican Crazies were trying other things to stay relevant in the culture war:
Fundamentally? Republicans wouldn't care about abortion or guns if they hadn't manufactured a phony culture war to take sides on, but with guns at least there's an obvious criminal enterprise led by one man who has been the direct and proximate cause of every dumb thing that's happened since 1991.
Raise your hands if you remember 1991. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Okay, I do. That was the year we got sick enough of politicized gun deaths to fucking talk about fixing things. it took three years and what we ended up with was legislation so pusillanimous that Aaron Sorkin made it the center of his whole fucking movie about the presidency the next year but it also gave the NRA something to run on for the next gajillion years to the point where when it sundowned? Nobody even really talked about it.
It isn't Republicans that want guns. Republicans want votes. And since 1977, the NRA has been telling them to vote guns or get murdered. You want guns to go away? go after the NRA. Full stop. The entire posturing "I'm not a man unless I have seven AR-15s" attitude is entirely manufactured entirely to provide a wedge issue to entirely define conservatives as different from normal humans. But that'll never happen, right Nick?
Harm reduction for guns would start by acknowledging the blunt reality that we’re not going to eliminate guns any more than we have eliminated vehicles or tobacco, not in a country that already has more guns than people.
You feckless, mewling mutherfucker. THERE WAS A CIGARETTE MACHINE ACROSS THE STREET FROM MY HIGH SCHOOL. Out the front door, over the overpass, 50 feet across the parking lot, buck fifty a pack, quarters only. HALF my class smoked. A quarter of them dipped. Fast forward 25 years and I'm at two different community colleges - one full of running-start grunt grunt gun-types and one full of sensitive ponytail safe spaces art students. Of the 30 kids in the machining class? 5 vaped, zero smoked. Of the 40 kids in the art class? zero vaped, zero smoked.
Sure, do go on about NFA weapons but let's recognize the problem for what it is: A leading NYTimes columnist wrote an article about gun violence that includes the sentence
Consider that American women age 50 or older commit fewer than 100 gun homicides in a typical year. In contrast, men 49 or younger typically kill more than 500 people each year just with their fists and feet; with guns, they kill more than 7,000 each year.
...and yet doesn't mention the NRA even once.