Of course there are those that look at the dead bodies, especially the dead babies piling up and honestly think we do not have a problem, or that the problem isnt caused by guns. And, while it is true that generally speaking, guns dont kill people, people do (which is why i support no gun control, but am a strong supporter of regulations that would test restrict and otherwise make every REASONABLE effort to keep guns out of the hands of nuts, suicidal folks and toddlers), it is hard to say a three year old who picks up her daddy’s pistol and blows herself away that a gun wasnt the key factor, sure she could have picked up a rock and bashed her head in, but it seems far less likely.
But for those of us who can stipulate that guns are a problem in America, not guns of themselves, as a rule, but the fact that there are about as many guns as there are cars, and about as many gun deaths and car deaths, and as cars actually allow us to do useful stuff like go to work, go to school, visit friends, transport goods from one location to another, etc. guns pretty much just kill people and other living things. And while, as I pointed out in the recent blog about Suzanne’s car wreck, while car ownership and miles driven have continued to climb, car related deaths have dropped dramatically over the last 50 yrs due to a concerted effort to make our cars and highways safer, gun deaths have continued to climb, though the number of people with guns has decreased, meaning we are doing a poorer and poorer job of keeping the guns out of wrong hands.
As the 2nd amendment has been contorted to defend almost anyone’s right to buy almost any kind of weapon, some cities and towns have offered to buy back guns to get them off the street, and while this might save a few suicides and accidental toddler deaths, it hardly seems to be putting a dent in either the overall gun ownership numbers of the amount of gun related crime and deaths.
I have studied the statistics at the link below and I think I have an idea that would make a difference.
Men are twice as likely as women to be gun owners and white men are twice as likely as black men to own guns, and while I have heard the argument, and even concede it to a point, that women should be allowed to carry guns to “even things up” with big brutish men, it doesnt look like that is who owns the guns.
And while I have heard from several rather reliable sources, that black men are not particularly more well endowed with reproductive organs than white men (I have not done any research personally), there is such a myth or stereotype.
so if the most of the guns are owned by white men, it might follow that their gun ownership is a manner of coping with a real or at least self perceived lack of “manliness” on their part. May i propose, and again I have done no research into the cost of this, as it is not something I have ever had any personal interest in, but maybe, to get to the “root of the problem” so to speak, we could offer, not to buy back guns, but to perform free penis enhancement for white men, or maybe men in general, maybe the black men who carry guns have the same problem, or at least the same self perception that they do not live up to their stereotype.
I am also convinced that a part of the equation is basic cowardice, leading fearful men to feel the need to carry a gun to keep them from having to pay for all the sins they have committed or are going to commit, but as i am a lowly poet, and not the Wizard of Oz, i dont have an easy solution to giving these cowardly lions a brave heart. But maybe if they were carrying a few extra inches of flesh in their pants, they wouldnt feel the need to hold a long, hard, deadly piece of metal in their pocket!
Just a thought.