Every time there is a shooting, conservatives and the NRA, say this rather than mourn the victims. I fail to see the logic in this other than using it blame the victims of gun violence. Someone explain this.
Most Helpful Guy
I agree with you.
And besides that, it's also a stupid statement because having a gun doesn't necessarily mean you can defend yourself. I can think of tons of scenarios where a gun would be worth shit. Take the guy in Nice who drove a truck into a crowd of people. Now, how're you gonna stop that guy eh? Gun nuts would of course yell "I would shoot him right through the windshield!" Well, smartypants, that's actually what the police tried to do. If you look at photos of the truck, they shot the windshield about 8-9 times. Yet, the guy continued his killing spree as though nothing happened.
Considering that on top of that, people were standing in a large crowd where you can't escape easily (which leads to mass panic) and you're probably more focused on jumping out the way or saving your girlfriend etc. when a big truck approaches you with 80 km/h, it's just silly to spew all that cowboy bullshit. Maaaaybeee if you are a trained police officer or soldier with years of experience, you might be able to react well in such a situation but EVEN THEN it's unlikely because reality always feels different from exercise. For example when you're a soldier and you go into battle, you know what awaits you. You know there's gonna be people shooting at you and you can prepare yourself physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're out on a romantic evening with your girlfriend/boyfriend or your kids to watch some fireworks, you don't expect a guy to run you over with a truck. 99% of those gun fanatics who boast about their balls of iron would shit their pants in such a situation just like anyone else would. Not because they're cowards but because it's the natural human reaction. There have been multiple public shootings in the US where some of the victims actually did carry guns (such as in the movie theater in Aurora) but did not use their gun to kill the crazy dude. And there's a reason for this. If you go to have a fun evening and watch a movie, you don't expect someone to suddenly open fire on you. And if you're lucky and you don't get shot in the head during the first 5 seconds, the only thing you're probably thinking is "what the fuck is happening? Is this some kind of joke? Where is this coming from?"
Most of those NRA guys imagine themselves stand up in this extra cool terminator-style way, put on some sunglasses (while being shot at of course), dropping a cool line and then killing the crazy guy single-handedly. However, that's not how reality works.1
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Most Helpful Girl
No, I don't agree that it's victim blaming and it's also not true that conservatives don't mourn the victims. It's possible to mourn the tragedy of the loss of life while also acknowledging that people have the right to defend themselves. That doesn't mean having a gun will 100% ensure nothing bad ever happens, but it's better than having nothing and being utterly defenseless against a criminal. If someone chooses to attack me, I'd rather not make it easy for them, I want to be able to defend myself.
Wanting people to be able to protect themselves is not victim blaming... most conservatives and the NRA want people to NOT become victims. There's nothing at all wrong with promoting the concept of self-defense and it doesn't mean we aren't mourning the loss of life that occurred.4
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