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America, can we talk? Let’s just cut the shit for once and actually talk about what’s going on without blustering and pretending we’re actually doing a good job at adulting as a country right now. We’re not. We’re really screwing this whole society thing up, and we have to do better. We don’t have a choice. People are dying. At this rate, it’s not if your kids, or mine, are involved in a school shooting, it’s when. One of these happens every 60 hours on average in the US. If you think it can’t affect you, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. So let’s talk.

I’ll start. I’m an Army veteran. I like M-4’s, which are, for all practical purposes, an AR-15, just with a few extra features that people almost never use anyway. I’d say at least 70% of my formal weapons training is on that exact rifle, with the other 30% being split between various and sundry machineguns and grenade launchers. My experience is pretty representative of soldiers of my era. Most of us are really good with an M-4, and most of us like it at least reasonably well, because it is an objectively good rifle. I was good with an M-4, really good. I earned the Expert badge every time I went to the range, starting in Basic Training. This isn’t uncommon. I can name dozens of other soldiers/veterans I know personally who can say the exact same thing. This rifle is surprisingly easy to use, completely idiot-proof really, has next to no recoil, comes apart and cleans up like a dream, and is light to carry around. I’m probably more accurate with it than I would be with pretty much any other weapon in existence. I like this rifle a lot. I like marksmanship as a sport. When I was in the military, I enjoyed combining these two things as often as they’d let me.

With all that said, enough is enough. My knee jerk reaction is to consider weapons like the AR-15 no big deal because it is my default setting. It’s where my training lies. It is my normal, because I learned how to fire a rifle IN THE ARMY. You know, while I may only have shot plastic targets on the ranges of Texas, Georgia, and Missouri, that’s not what those weapons were designed for, and those targets weren’t shaped like deer. They were shaped like people. Sometimes we even put little hats on them. You learn to take a gut shot, “center mass”, because it’s a bigger target than the head, and also because if you maim the enemy soldier rather than killing him cleanly, more of his buddies will come out and get him, and you can shoot them, too. He’ll die of those injuries, but it’ll take him a while, giving you the chance to pick off as many of his compadres as you can. That’s how my Drill Sergeant explained it anyway. I’m sure there are many schools of thought on it. The fact is, though, when I went through my marksmanship training in the US Army, I was not learning how to be a competition shooter in the Olympics, or a good hunter. I was being taught how to kill people as efficiently as possible, and that was never a secret.

As an avowed pacifist now, it turns my stomach to even type the above words, but can you refute them? I can’t. Every weapon that a US Army soldier uses has the express purpose of killing human beings. That is what they are made for. The choice rifle for years has been some variant of what civilians are sold as an AR-15. Whether it was an M-4 or an M-16 matters little. The function is the same, and so is the purpose. These are not deer rifles. They are not target rifles. They are people killing rifles. Let’s stop pretending they’re not.

With this in mind, is anybody surprised that nearly every mass shooter in recent US history has used an AR-15 to commit their crime? And why wouldn’t they? High capacity magazine, ease of loading and unloading, almost no recoil, really accurate even without a scope, but numerous scopes available for high precision, great from a distance or up close, easy to carry, and readily available. You can buy one at Wal-Mart, or just about any sports store, and since they’re long guns, I don’t believe you have to be any more than 18 years old with a valid ID. This rifle was made for the modern mass shooter, especially the young one. If he could custom design a weapon to suit his sinister purposes, he couldn’t do a better job than Armalite did with this one already.

This rifle is so deadly and so easy to use that no civilian should be able to get their hands on one. We simply don’t need these things in society at large. I always find it interesting that when I was in the Army, and part of my job was to be incredibly proficient with this exact weapon, I never carried one at any point in garrison other than at the range. Our rifles lived in the arms room, cleaned and oiled, ready for the next range day or deployment. We didn’t carry them around just because we liked them. We didn’t bluster on about barracks defense and our second amendment rights. We tucked our rifles away in the arms room until the next time we needed them, just as it had been done since the Army’s inception. The military police protected us from threats in garrison. They had 9 mm Berettas to carry. They were the only soldiers who carry weapons in garrison. We trusted them to protect us, and they delivered. With notably rare exceptions, this system has worked well. There are fewer shootings on Army posts than in society in general, probably because soldiers are actively discouraged from walking around with rifles, despite being impeccably well trained with them. Perchance, we could have the largely untrained civilian population take a page from that book?

I understand that people want to be able to own guns. That’s ok. We just need to really think about how we’re managing this. Yes, we have to manage it, just as we manage car ownership. People have to get a license to operate a car, and if you operate a car without a license, you’re going to get in trouble for that. We manage all things in society that can pose a danger to other people by their misuse. In addition to cars, we manage drugs, alcohol, exotic animals (there are certain zip codes where you can’t own Serval cats, for example), and fireworks, among other things. We restrict what types of businesses can operate in which zones of the city or county. We have a whole system of permitting for just about any activity a person wants to conduct since those activities could affect others, and we realize, as a society, that we need to try to minimize the risk to other people that comes from the chosen activities of those around them in which they have no say. Gun ownership is the one thing our country collectively refuses to manage, and the result is a lot of dead people.

I can’t drive a Formula One car to work. It would be really cool to be able to do that, and I could probably cut my commute time by a lot. Hey, I’m a good driver, a responsible Formula One owner. You shouldn’t be scared to be on the freeway next to me as I zip around you at 140 MPH, leaving your Mazda in a cloud of dust! Why are you scared? Cars don’t kill people. People kill people. Doesn’t this sound like bullshit? It is bullshit, and everybody knows. Not one person I know would argue non-ironically that Formula One cars on the freeway are a good idea. Yet, these same people will say it’s totally ok to own the firearm equivalent because, in the words of comedian Jim Jeffries, “fuck you, I like guns”.

Yes, yes, I hear you now. We have a second amendment to the constitution, which must be held sacrosanct over all other amendments. Dude. No. The constitution was made to be a malleable document. It’s intentionally vague. We can enact gun control without infringing on the right to bear arms. You can have your deer rifle. You can have your shotgun that you love to shoot clay pigeons with. You can have your target pistol. Get a license. Get a training course. Recertify at a predetermined interval. You do not need a military grade rifle. You don’t. There’s no excuse.

“But we’re supposed to protect against tyranny! I need the same weapons the military would come at me with!” Dude. You know where I can get an Apache helicopter and a Paladin?! Hook a girl up! Seriously, though, do you really think you’d be able to hold off the government with an individual level weapon? Because you wouldn’t. One grenade, and you’re toast. Don’t have these illusions of standing up to the government, and needing military style rifles for that purpose. You’re not going to stand up to the government with this thing. They’d take you out in about half a second.

Let’s be honest. You just want a cool toy, and for the vast majority of people, that’s all an AR-15 is. It’s something fun to take to the range and put some really wicked holes in a piece of paper. Good for you. I know how enjoyable that is. I’m sure for a certain percentage of people, they might not kill anyone driving a Formula One car down the freeway, or owning a Cheetah as a pet, or setting off professional grade fireworks without a permit. Some people are good with this stuff, and some people are lucky, but those cases don’t negate the overall rule. Military style rifles have been the choice du jour in the incidents that have made our country the mass shootings capitol of the world. Formula One cars aren’t good for commuting. Cheetahs are bitey. Professional grade fireworks will probably take your hand off. All but one of these are common sense to the average American. Let’s fix that. Be honest, you don’t need that AR-15. Nobody does. Society needs them gone, no matter how good you may be with yours. Kids are dying, and it’s time to stop fucking around.

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5,164 thoughts on ““Fuck you, I like guns.”

  1. For one the civilian sported rifles are nothing like the military’s! I disagree about AR-15 being designed to kill human beings! The human mind is what, the military makes a weapon out of!
    The AR-15, along with other general military small arms are in fact tools used, for self defense because the rules of engagement all service members abide by has guidelines to ensure these weapons are not used, for anything other than defense!! These military tools were designed to protect, and defend the greater good, from evil! These rules make sure these tools are used, for that purpose!
    If these military tools were designed to be murder machines like you are saying then there would be no need, for these rules!
    The military also back this up even further by not using bullets like hollow points, or anything too inhumane! So no! I think you’re spreading this diseased anti-gun stupidity just like the anti-gun stupidytes! These anti-gun stupidomizers are responsible, for starting this school shooting mass murder trend with their anti-gun stupidity, and have continued to encourage that trend every fucking step of the way!
    Mankind has been massacring throughout history long before the gun was ever invented, causing casualty numbers that could have built mountains! There is only human violence, by human hands, with human intentions!
    Vigilance, and awareness is the only way to stop this, and if you were in the military, you should know this most of all, instead of damning the gun!
    The AR was not designed to kill, it does a piss poor job at it, and it’s always done a piss poor job at it! The human being is the true weapon of violence, and this is something that government gun control can never control!
    Government gun control never controls the bad guys, and always criminalizes the good!!
    Government gun control criminalizes, and victimizes law abiding citizens!
    Our country has city police, county police, state police, ATF, FBI, DEA, and more! They have the fucking tools already, and if they cannot control anything with they have already then stupidity is the goddamned problem!
    Stupidity is the problem, and stupidity has always been the problem!
    Stupidity is the most dangerous weapon in the world that is always underestimated until the damage is done!
    Our governments decisions epitomizes this stupidity!! We all need to wake the fuck up, and look up at the fascist fools managing our country into the ground, while they wipe their shit soaked asses with our constitution by passing stupid diseased laws that do nothing, but oppress the wrong goddamned people!!

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    1. You left alot of bullshit for a really short question.
      AR15’S were VERY obviously designed to kill humans, just like the first gun ever made. The chinese made gunpowder, to what, hunt pandas? No, to blow up their enemies with their sweet proto-guns.
      Ever since their conception, guns have been designed to kill people. Many in the 1700-1800’s served dual purposes of hunting and defending yourself. However, one thing was ever present, they had to be strong enough to bring a man down AND the beast you hunt.
      The “Hunting Rifle”, used ONLY for hunting, is really a very modern invention in the history of guns. The indisputable truth, is that guns were always meant to kill people. Military Rifles ESPECIALLY only have one purpose, and to be frank, you are an absolute dunce if you can’t see that.
      You are actually trying to tell us that they aren’t designed, and never were designed, to kill people?! That they are designed for hunting, that THE Military designs rifles to go hunting with, like, sport/recreational hunting?
      My Dude, you are either blissfully ignorant to the facts, or INTENTIONALLY squeing them so they fit you idea of reality. Unfortunately for you, it is painfully obvious which, of the two, you actually fall under!
      Firther more, what’s really funny, is your “Reality”, reads a lot like other people’s “Fantasy” or “Fiction”. As in, it is not true and you are most certainly being deceptive with your facts.

      Her are the REAL facts, buddy:

      THE MILITARY DOESN’T GO HUNTING, AND THEREFORE, THEY WOULD NEVER DESIGN A WEAPON FOR HUNTING!

      OH WAIT, THEY DO GO HUNTING, FOR PEOPLE!!!
      SO, MAYBE YOU ARE RIGHT, THEY DO DESIGN HUNTING RIFLES.

      …….WHOSE SOLE PURPOSE IS TO HUNT AND KILL HUMANS AND NOTHING ELSE.

      You know what….
      Damn dude, in the end I guess you actually were correct…..fuck me, right?

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  2. Almost all weapons in history were designed for military purposes. More than a few have ended up in the hands of local populations. Laws have been passed to regulate these weapons. That does not mean if you wish have them you are not allowed to have them. If you follow the rules, have the money, you can own almost anything you wish. A 200+ mph sports car or sedan for that matter. I will not mind if the rules get a little stiffer. We kill more people with car than guns and we all in hot pursuit of safer transpertation. Still personal choice and responsibility should win out in a democracy. No one is telling people they can’t own a jet aircraft. Invented for a military weapon. but as usual technology transferred it public. I am not saying there is no reason for concern. But we should always be careful of what some see as a threat that others see as liberty and freedom of choice.

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