My position on gun control is below. By the way, I am similarly pretty extreme on abortion. I would allow it for any reason up to 23 weeks and for the life or health of the mother after that but not for the mental health of the mother, which is a runaround they are using a lot nowadays. Sorry, I’m not down with infanticide.
As you can see, I am just a typical Left Coast blue state liberal Democrat in a lot of ways. People keep calling me reactionary, conservative, and Republican, but I’m not like that at all.
In fact, I can’t stand conservatives and I despise conservative politics and even worldview. It’s just garbage. I’ve been this way for most of my adult life as I’ve spent most of my years as a man of the Left. I’m a really weird leftwinger, but I’m on the Left all right.
Or I’m a lot more on the Left than I am on the Right, and in some ways, I’m indistinguishable from those left coast liberals everyone loves to hate. That’s the milieu I grew up in after all. I grew up on the beach in Southern California. We’ve never been social conservatives down there. There was too much good pot and too many hot surfer chicks to strap yourself in like that. I grew up in an atmosphere of raw hedonism.
On the other hand, I am rather conservative on social issues like race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. But there has long been a faction of the Hard Left that hates Identity Politics. Go the WSWS Communist website run by Trots and you can see a good example of that. We think the “Woke Left” is the “Fake Left.”
Those are not leftwing issues, and woketards push that stuff while being rightwing on everything else. Notice all the capitalists falling all over themselves to embrace this woke toxin to divide the working class? That’s not an accident. Also, actually existing Communist countries were quite socially conservative. And none of those countries declared war on Whites, men, heterosexuals, or cisgender folks. This is all new BS coming out of the Western Left, which has never led one single successful revolution, by the way.
But I’m not a Republican or conservative type social conservative. I’m in between the woketards and the conservatards. A pox on both of them!
On gun control:
RL: I will allow the possession of a hunting rifle of course. Also you can keep either a hunting rifle or a shotgun in your home to protect yourself. But I would pretty much ban handguns. You can own a handgun for sport, but you would need to keep it locked up at a shooting range. You can only use it at the range – nowhere else.
Otherwise handguns would all be banned, and of course those semi-autos would be banned. Nobody needs those. Concealed carry would be banned unless you have a very good reason. Shopowners in high crime areas could have a handgun, but they would need to keep it locked at the store when they are not there. When they are at the store, they may have ready access to it.
Conversation continues here with CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS:
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: To this day, automobiles kill a bit more people than guns and that is with all the licensing and insurance requirements for cars.
RL: It doesn’t matter. Have you noticed how much gun violence we have in the US and how it is wildly more excessive than any similar countries with restrictive laws? The extreme level of gun violence in the US as compared to similar countries is 10
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: So there is no reason for this mass anti-gun hysteria I hear from liberals.
RL: No reason? The fact that our gun violence is in another universe compared to similar countries is outrageous and is a good reason for any extreme emotional reaction, including hysteria.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: They want to outright ban guns altogether.
RL: They don’t want to do that, and there’s zero support for it anyway. Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it. There’s no political will in the US for that, so no liberal is pushing it.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: If we treated guns with the same strict and expensive insurance requirements for cars you’d see a drastic drop in gun homicides.
RL: Well, let’s try it and see. We can’t even get this done, and it’s all because of the gun nuts and their slippery slope arguments.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: Mind you, two-thirds of gun fatalities are suicides, usually white males.
RL: Yep, and other countries have extremely low rates of that, too. And this is the easiest way to kill yourself.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: I don’t think there’s any real way to significantly lower that number other than outright gun ban.
RL: If you could only own a shotgun or hunting rifle in your home, a lot of people simply would not own a gun period. Handgun owners don’t like long guns. Most of the suicides are with handguns. If you got rid of those, there would be far fewer guns in the home. Also, people are less likely to use a long gun to commit suicide than a handgun.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: You can just as easily kill yourself with a hunting rifle as with a handgun.
RL: Actually, it is a bit more difficult, but given the option, a lot of people who would do it easily with a handgun would refuse to do it with a long gun.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: I don’t know what drives male suicide but I imagine it’s a lack of pussy…
RL: So these countries with low gun suicide rates are places where the men are drowning in pussy? Don’t think so.
CLAVDIVS AMERICANVS: …and feeling less-than in this modern gynocracy of ours. So maybe ban feminism too lol.
RL: There are European countries in which Female Rule is far more entrenched than it is here. Look at Spain, the UK, and Sweden. Those places are catastrophic for men. Gun suicide rates are quite low. So it’s not caused by man-hating feminist harridans.