The flip side of the US’s obsession with preserving the death penalty despite all its well-documented horrors is its obsession with the idea that the more that people carry powerful guns everywhere all the time, the safer they will be. Coupled with expanded ‘stand your ground’ and ‘castle doctrine’ legislation that enables people make much broader claims of self-defense, this has even led people to set traps for burglars, tempting them to enter their homes so that they could kill them.
Even the merest suggestion that people should be trained and licensed before they are allowed to own and carry such lethal weapons (the way they need to be to drive cars) is seen as some kind of extraordinary suppression of a basic right. The rights to health care, education, food, shelter, and clothing are all expendable. The one right that must be preserved at all costs is the right to carry any weapon anywhere at any time.
However, the one place that gun supporters don’t want to see guns allowed is in the legislature where they pass these laws. But then, hypocrisy has never held back a politician.
The Daily Show had a couple of segments on the drive to increase the ubiquity of guns.
(This clip aired on April 29, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)