While most of the media’s (in all its forms) headlines recently have been on the need for stricter gun control and the pending report the Vice President is going to place on the President’s desk (USA), I found an article on the Ventura County Star that discusses a recent rush on guns and ammo.
I find it very interesting how different we can be as a people. We truly are two sides of a coin.
On one side, heads, we have those clamoring for greater control. On the other side, tails, we have those clamoring to snap up the potentially threatened weapons and their related ammo before any proposed bans can go into effect.
The heads side is arguing that if we make items harder to purchase and drive up their prices they will be less readily available and that may prevent further tragedies. The tails side is driving up prices on their own through simple economics: demand goes up, supply goes down and prices escalate. (Yet, the demand remains.)
The heads side is arguing that we need to ban the most lethal of the available weapons (for those who go through legal channels to obtain them – but that’s a separate argument altogether). The tails side is not only picking up those weapons faster than the suppliers can get them to the stores, they are also picking up all other sorts of weapons too. They aren’t just afraid that they won’t be able to get “assault” weapons, they are afraid that they will lose the ability to have something to defend themselves. They are worried their rights are going to be infringed upon.
How did we come to this separation in our paths? How did we become so different that we are the opposite sides of a coin? We are all Americans are we not? We are all in favor of the freedoms we get to enjoy because we are citizens of this country, right? So, how can we be such polar opposites?
Much like the hypocrisy that is me, I find our duality endlessly fascinating.
Pogue Colonel: Marine, what is that button on your body armor?
Private Joker: A peace symbol, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Where’d you get it?
Private Joker: I don’t remember, sir.
Pogue Colonel: What is that you’ve got written on your helmet?
Private Joker: “Born to Kill”, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?
Private Joker: No, sir.
Pogue Colonel: You’d better get your head and your ass wired together, or I will take a giant shit on you.
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Now answer my question or you’ll be standing tall before the man.
Private Joker: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.
Pogue Colonel: The what?
Private Joker: The duality of man. The Jungian thing, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Whose side are you on, son?
Private Joker: Our side, sir.
Pogue Colonel: Don’t you love your country?
Private Joker: Yes, sir.
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket
While I wrote this post geared mostly towards the recent events in the States, I bet it has implications across the globe too. I’d love to hear what is going on in your country that is similar to our gun control debate if you want to share in the comments section.