At 12/16/12 05:36 PM, Ravariel wrote:
I wanted to .......
And we deserve better.
I agree with Ravareil.
Really, what is the major difference between us and them, between other countries and America?
It's our culture. I could bet more than half our movies have killings in it.
Remember Catcher in the Rye? (For anyone who read that book)?
Back then, it was considered absurd, no, downright crazy to go out on the street and shoot at people.
People would look at that as something impossible, something only criminals would be able to do to other criminals (times of the mafia after all).
Perhaps we have simply become to desensitized to death; to drunken with power.
After all, in the hands of someone who has practiced, you can carry an item which can end a life in mere seconds, for less than what it costs to buy a car.
No, even greater than that is the power of the gun; able to take multiple lives,with no cost.
We see it's power as majestic; it's compact form as beautiful.
We see it as fun to be able to unleash bullets at speeds that can shatter rocks and bones, simply because we can.
We have, in essence, glorified death - not directly, as a dark cult would, but indirectly, through a powerful, compact, relatively inexpensive tool. The ultimate weapon for the common masses.
And while it is true that some show their respect and wield their guns with caution, we all know that what we have can still end a life whenever we wanted to, simply by our own whim, and may not think twice about what it takes to create that life, since it is now meaningless.
That criminal breaking into your house? He was once an innocent baby too, he was once a kid, who watched cartoons, played sports, went to school.
He once had dreams too.
Something along the way corrupted that person, and now, for whatever reason, be it greed, necessity, drugs, he has broken into your house, and he may even try to kill you to achieve his goals.
We don't know that, we only know he has broken into your private property and that he is trying to take what you worked hard to achieve.
And yet, our survival instincts, what should be fear or anger, are dampened; why?
Because we have a tool that can end the threat in seconds. So fast that you don't even question if your life is in danger.
You simply grab a gun, aim for center mass, and pull a trigger.
Just like that, what took 20,30, 18, 50 years to create has been ended, without a second thought.
We don't aim to disable, although we could.
We aim to kill.
We survived the threat.
But at what cost really?
That person will never have a second chance now.
He won't have a chance to learn humility and see that there is no need to rob for the things he desires, things that are unnecessary.
He won't have a chance to kick his drug habit and perhaps start a family.
Or, if he had a family,
He'll never be able to provide for his kid a legal way, and that child is now fatherless or motherless or both; an orphan.
He won't have a second chance because as gun owners, we've been trained to kill and not think.
He is an intruder - I have a gun - he is a threat - aim for center mass, shoot, and eliminate threat.
We have been taught to aim for the center, not the knees, not the foot, arms, or hands.
But for the heart or the brain.
And don't stop at one shot, but unload your thing.
Because he can kill me. He might have a gun too.
And I know that guns can kill me easily, just like I'm going to do to him.
I'm only defending myself after all.
What's one life.
Or as Tony put it, a useless life.
That is our culture right there, in a nutshell.
Its just a gun.
Its just a tool.
Its just a life.