Bob Davis, radio talk show host and devout Gunistian:
I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting: I don’t care if it’s here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn’t mean that you get to put a king in charge of my life. I’m sorry that you suffered a tragedy, but you know what? Deal with it, and don’t force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss. I’m sick and tired of seeing these victims trotted out, given rides on Air Force One, hauled into the Senate well, and everyone is just afraid — they’re terrified of these victims.
I would stand in front of them and tell them, “go to hell.”
I hear the same shit over and over again to those of us who seek solutions to the gun violence that plagues our lives and communities:
- You are being too emotional.
- You will strike at my constitutional liberties.
- God – through his Holy Instrument the US Constitution – wants us to be well-armed.
- Chicago and big cities are full of bad people and the people should take the city back by buying more guns.
These responses strike at the heart of several issues. But largely I’ve come to see it’s about a love of violence in a nation that has been prepped from childhood to believe that violence done by the right people is the solution to all of our problems. It will be the undoing of us all – our love and adoration of the Redemptive Violence Myth.
As I’ve said before here, people from outside of Chicago like to tell us what our problems are. More so, they like to give us the solutions to our problems. And the solution is guns. it’s always guns. Guns are to Redemptive Violenters what Batman is to DC fans. The answer for everything.
Want to make your streets safer? Guns.
Want to protect your kids? Give teachers guns.
Want to rid the world of crime? Give the good guys guns.
How do you prevent rape? Give your daughter a gun.
How do you stop domestic violence? Give the gal a gun!
Guns are sacred to them because violence is sacred. Violence is the religion. Christianity is just the window dressing.
Jesus did not preach nor practice violence. He preached and practiced love in the face of overwhelming violence. You can choose one or the other.
Put away your sword, Petey. Everyone who lives by the sword will die by the sword..