Another day, another mass shooting. Only this time, it wasn’t a school but the YouTube headquarters in California that was targeted. I didn’t follow the story, but I can only presume the motive was fueled by the shooter’s disdain for YouTube’s interactive ads. What else would make someone so irate with YouTube that they resorted to shooting up a place and then turning a gun on oneself?
Yeah, I realize that last comment kind of makes me an insensitive prick, but I’m over news anchors, talking heads, politicians, and message boards spending obscene amounts of time trying to rationalize or speculate the reasoning behind a horrific event. At this point in the blame game, it almost seems like a moot point.
You know what also is a moot point? This arbitrary debate about gun control. It will always be a conversation spurred solely on hypotheticals. In other words, we will never really know if gun violence will recede under stricter gun laws because nobody is willing to try. It’s kind of like refusing to date because you’ve heard statistics about the prevalence of domestic abuse, cheating, and divorce coupled with anecdotal insight from your friends in bad relationships. Sure, you COULD end up with a wonderful lady who lights up your life, but you aren’t willing to try because you’re afraid of the potential consequences.
The problem with this continual banter regarding 2nd Amendment rights isn’t that it’s crazy for people to want to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. Believing the government can go after you and your family for whatever reason isn’t being paranoid. If history has taught us anything about power, it’s how easily sovereignties can snatch away your rights. Literally, every country in the world has had this happen at one point or another. It’s scary, it’s real and probably not likely to stop any time soon. Just look at Venezuela.
That being said, fiery rhetoric about how guns will protect you against the government is pretty stupid. Here’s how I know you are far less concerned about executive intervention and far more concerned about just being “right.”
You’re posting your opinions regarding the 2nd Amendment on Facebook.
If you’ve been too busy polishing your guns to pay attention to the news, I’ll fill you in. Facebook and Papa Zuckerberg are in the hot seat for allegedly siphoning the unauthorized information of millions of Facebook users for political targeting, You know that whole thing about Russia meddling in the 2016 United States’ elections? Yeah, you can tip your hat off to Papa Z for helping to enable that mess. It doesn’t even matter what political party you affiliate with or how much you hate Hilary or Donald Trump – the Russian government undeniably influenced the outcome and if you are concerned about your OWN government messing with you, then you should REALLY be concerned about Vladimir Putin sticking his nose in the democratic process.
“But I didn’t know the government might have used my Facebook information to collect data on me, then use it to funnel advertisements and articles that catered to my interests as a way to control what I buy, read, listen to, and believe in.” To which I will kindly say you are a moron for being totally oblivious to this.
Look, if you are utilizing a social media platform that has ALL of your information and tracks ALL of your posts, comments, and interactions then you, sir, are NOT concerned with the government interjecting itself into your life. Here are other ways I know you aren’t truly taking effective measures to safeguard your rights:
- You gave your DNA to ancestory.com
- You let hospitals enter your health information into the national database
- You don’t have an emergency fund in a place NOT regulated by banks or unable to be traced.
- You are totally fine with the GPS in your phone allowing anyone to know where you are at all times.
- You use things like Apple Pay that link all your bankings and savings accounts to it
- You use Facebook to sign in to Venmo
- You allow your phone to utilize your location on any app to “help ensure accuracy,” including photos, messenger, workout apps, etc.
Look, I get it. The purpose of technology is to make your life easier, and most of these things do just that. I’m not judging you if you choose to utilize any of them. Technology is great!
I WILL, however, judge you if you perpetually scream about your right to protect yourself against the same government you freely give all of your information to. Because the reality is, if you are willing to leave a paper trail of everything from your bank account information to your physical location at all times, then you clearly aren’t that concerned about taking measures to safeguard you and your family.
Furthermore, has anyone really thought about what it would look like were you to kill government officials in the name of justice? It would be you shooting an officer. And we all know how well society responds to a civilian shooting an officer. Donald Trump is currently trying to implement a federal law requiring each State to impose the death penalty against any civilian that kills a cop.
Think about that. Really think about how that law will impede your citizen rights. IF YOU HAVE TO SHOOT AN OFFICER TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT, YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY GET THE HARSHEST SENTENCE AVAILABLE. That right there is worth paying attention to, because if you think not having the right to carry a gun goes against your inalienable rights, then you may want to pay attention to other measures that discourage or penalize your rights.
I promise you that, if and when the government comes after you, your gun isn’t going to do jack shit. As Jim Jefferies puts it, “You’re bringing a knife to a drone fight,’’ and that’s just a fact.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t own a gun. Guns are undeniably a great instrument to protect yourself against attackers and thieves. I’m not even saying you shouldn’t have a gun as a measure to protect yourself against shady sovereignty. What I’m saying is that, if you want to effectively take steps to distance yourself from the scrutiny of a government regime, you may want to do things that ACTUALLY do just that.