This. I'm not voting for gun control ever. Stop kicking away my vote you assholes.
Here. Let me try and convince you that sane gun control legislation can be written -- possible because it comes from the perspective of a game designer and not a platform-kissing politician.
I don't know about you, but I can INSTANTLY tell if the person in front of me on the road or freeway is a first-generation driver. We get a LOT of them in California. Its obvious their 'automotive body language' is different. They're tentative, jerky, and constantly have minor lapses that might not qualify as 'mistakes' but certainly illustrate a lack of grace. I think people really underestimate the impact and don't grasp that growing up in a car, even in the backseat is an ongoing education about the sound, the feel, the entire kinesthetic awareness of what a well-controlled vehicle is like. Even as a little kid you imprint on the sound of the blinkers clicking before the car shifts. You don't have to be even big enough to see out the windows to have that cause-effect relationship drilled into your soft little gray cells.
This isn't racism. It isn't "crap on immigrants" bigotry. Its brain chemistry and it's unavoidable. Their kids will drive better, and their grandkids will be just like every other road-wandering asshole who might kill you at any moment. Welcome to America. And trust me, compared to MANY other nations, we're the goddam soul of civility on the road because with 300 million drivers, you all have to follow the rules or people are going to die. Given how bad humans are at obeying any
restrictions on their behavior, our freeways are a ****ing TRIUMPH of mutual cooperation and that's including the five digit annual fatalities.
So you take note of those first generation folks struggling to control their car, you give them a little extra room for everyone's safety same as you would a drunk, and you go about you business. Awesome. That's how living together works.
Now when you're Blue its easy, and sometimes even fun to look down your nose at those ignorant country-bred hicks but I'll tell you what: They know their guns. Bobby's been shooting since he was seven. Plenty of room out on the back forty to set up cans even if he'll never get a chance to go hunting. And Bobby's been taught to respect that gun. To load it, unload it, clean it. To under no circumstances ever
point it an anyone. Loaded or not, because you always
treat it like it's loaded. He's probably even well trained (informally, because that's just how it is in his home) to lock all the rifles up so the even younger ones can't accidentally get into them. The weapon -- or weapons, cause there's probably six or more guns around the house -- are part of the family culture and family armory. Heck, mom and sis shoot too, though maybe not as often. Bobby even knows that pistols and rifles and shotguns are all for different tasks.
Bobby is a multi-generational gun owner, and just like a multi-generational driver, even at the age of 10, he has ENORMOUS advantages over Joe, the worried urbanite. Joe's just picked up a pistol. He's never shot, never seen what happens when you do shoot outside of the movies (which really is worse than no knowledge at all since in movies ****ing drywall will stop a bullet from hitting the big manly hero). But hes afraid and dang it, he's doing something about it. Thankfully what little good laws we do have required him to at least buy a gun box or a gun lock, because Joe's so disconnected from gun culture he doesn't know a damn thing about proper storage. Let me say that again: Joe only owns a gun box or gun lock because somebody MADE him buy one before they'd let him have a gun
Really, the best we could hope for is by some miracle Joe the worried urbanite drinks with a cop once in a while and he gets at least one boozy informal lesson on keeping his new handgun out of harms way. It's THAT BAD. Hell, I'm probably making things out better than they are for millions of urban gun owners. I've been to West Coast urban shooting ranges. They're not overflowing with customers in my experience. Sales are brisk, sure, but just target shooting to get to know your weapon? Not much... What? The movie said it's "point and shoot" right?
So, I'm asking. I'm asking -- in same way you'd accept you have to put up with a few extra rules for mutual safety on the freeway, and same way you'd cut the first generation driver a little slack and know that you have to bend a little so there's not a collision even though its your right of way and he's a fucking moron -- to CONSIDER the occasional bit of legislation that's there to help Joe not make a terrible mistake that costs somebody Not-Joe their health or even their life. Its never occurred to Joe that one uncontrolled pull of that trigger endangers not only him, his wife, and his children far more so than any intruder. And because he's an urbanite that wild shot also endangers his neighbors for 2-3 suites in every direction. Because Joe doesn't have a back forty. In fact Joe doesn't even have a backyard. Joe is NOT a competent gun handler, and just like first generation drivers out there, it's unlikely he ever
will become one in his entire lifetime
. He is in fact the exact sort of ignorant hick he snickered about voting red in the Ozarks when it comes to firearms.
I agree most of the legislation is shit. There's shit laws in place and there's more shit laws being pushed forward every election season. It's intrusive, it's poorly structured, it adds totally unnecessary enforcement costs to our overburdened police services budgets, and it generates landfills full of meaningless paperwork that doesn't do a goddam thing to achieve the only goal that ever mattered: keeping people safe. It's a reaction to FEAR rather than thoughtful prudence. Prudence makes good laws. Terror? Not so much.
When I heard Bernie Sander's proposals (which I haven't dug into deeply, so I'm NOT going to proselytize about them) at least made a distinction between urban and rural gun ownership I was ecstatic. Holy shit: Prudence. From a Blue. Hallelujah. They are DIFFERENT THINGS and acting like one-size-fits-all is MADNESS. Believe me, I was seriously crestfallen at the wrangling that kept him from being a Blue-side candidate because for a few months there I really thought the Blues could put this bugaboo behind them with a couple of sane laws that made them not spend all their time running around, well, the metaphor fits, shooting their own foot off with the people who actually know their guns.
And really, that goes across color lines -- all my blue friends shoot and love to shoot, be it through the military, at private ranges or just out in their back forty. Yes, some Blues own a whole safe full of guns too and California's new ammo laws are a regular topic for complaining in my tribe. ****ing bullshit paper pushing waste of text. Shit laws once again.
But read them. PLEASE. Give it due consideration from the broader perspective. Read them and see if there is a kernel of sanity, not for you and yours who have a back forty and train your kids to a high level of proficiency long before they can drive, but for the idiot urbanites who benefit from, and actually probably need
some pretty firm hand rails to keep from blowing their own foot off. Yes, it's an inconvenience and possibly even an infringement at a Constitutional scale, but its also how living together works.