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Guns, Government and Groins

June 19, 2013

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I play this MMOG (massively multiplayer online game) called Lords & Knights. I started playing this game because the beau was playing it and I often found myself competing for his time when he first started the game. Admittedly I thought the game sounded stupid and boring and I gave him a had time about it. But I gave in, decided to join the game, and after a very slow start I’m hooked.

Now, I have no empirical evidence of this but I’m pretty sure the majority of the people who play this game are white males. In part because the beau and I are the only Black people I know who play, aside from the handful of friends we’ve convinced to play with us. But I make this assumption based on the interests of the players and the things they care about and really hate (as expressed in the forums). I don’t know what ALL Black or white people care about, obviously, but this is just my general observation.

This morning I woke up, checked my L&Ks messages (there’s a war brewing with my alliance) and I see a new mass message thread entitled “Guns Guns Guns”. The thread was created for alliance members who wanted to talk about their love of guns.

I am not a gun enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination, but I read through the comments out of sheer curiosity. Some commenters mentioned how important gun safety was (if you have one – you should know how to use it properly and teach kids this at a young age to prevent “accidents”). Some talked about how different states viewed gun possession an permits. A few foreigners (from the UK and Singapore) expressed their inability to grasp some Americans’ obsession with guns since civilians don’t carry or desire to carry guns. And many of the responders to these comments unsurprisingly cited their 2nd amendment right to bear arms. They weren’t about to let the government take away their guns! One person even mentioned that his coworkers were ready to barricade their homes for fear of the government kicking in their doors to get their guns. And of course the liberal so and sos were blamed for making life hard for gun toting Americans.

This got me to thinking about the whole gun issue..

  • Why is it that the people who are staunch advocates for having ID to vote (despite voter fraud being practically nonexistent) are often the same people who bitch and moan about having permit and background check laws for guns?? It’s completely reasonable to prevent many elderly and minorities from voting but heaven forbid the government promote accountability for gun owners in attempts to lower gun related deaths
  • When did the government mention taking people’s guns? Did I miss this memo? I wasn’t aware this was an option on the table that would cause people to take action against the government literally coming for their guns…
  • In the event the government does wild out and stage a domestic takeover against it’s own people, do people really think their personal gun collection is going to stop them? Sure, the founding fathers were trying to allow provisions for citizens from government tyranny – but this was during a time when a canon was considered advanced weaponry. I hardly think one’s AK stash is going to prevent you from getting got by an evil government. Warfare technologies (not just the weapons themselves) in today’s age are no match for the American people’s glocks I guess…
  • This seems to be a white man’s battle – Black people by and large aren’t as invested in this conversation as whites. Not to say Black people don’t own/use/enjoy guns, but we aren’t up in arms (pun kind of intended) about it – perhaps given our turbulent history with being marginalized and criminalized. And the possibility that if Black people were to largely join the cause, the whole gun movement would commit suicide.

My dad mentioned that one Black woman psychologist proposed that white men’s obsession with guns is of a phallic nature – guns are an extension of their “manhood” (much like expensive luxury cars for some) and thus have a feeling of power. I would love to spend more time on this theory but I’ll save that for another time (or a guest blogger *wink wink*).

At the end of the day, I don’t care if people own and love guns – to each his own. I don’t like or desire to have a gun so I don’t subscribe to the idea that everyone should own a gun as a means to reduce gun related deaths. But to each his own.

What do you think about the whole gun issue? Am I missing something and just not giving the pro-gun enthusiasts their just due? Or is my colored person lady brain just unable to grasp the legitimate concerns of the masses?

In search of sense,
~Gem

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6 Comments

  • Reply madscientist7 June 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    someone brought up a good point. if we really want to see progress in gun control reform more black people should legally buy guns. in the 60’s when the black panthers were stockpiling arms white people had a sh*tstorm. i also don’t see the fascination with guns. the government had jets, drones, helicopters, etc so unless you have surface to air missiles in your shed then your little .38 special isn’t going to do anything if a drone decides to come for you.

    • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. June 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Considering our military has a decade of practice the fighting the gov’t thing is beyond foolish. The Texas National Guard makes up an entire infantry division by itself. Jim Bob and men are done.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      the Black Panthers is a great example. but, “they” will never see this side of the argument. smh.

      and youre absolutely right – your rifle dont wanna see these drones lol smh

  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. June 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I said on my page a few months ago that if N in NRA stood for Metro the debate would be framed in a much different manner.

    Being raised in a rural setting I have no problems with guns. I own a couple and know a lot of black people who also own guns but none are NRA members. Odd isn’t it?

    With that being said the only black person I’ve recently seen speak about battling the gov was rapper, Killer Mike and I thought he was well off base.

    America’s gun problems lay in several arenas. Crime, white men wanting to “hold on”, and the fact that America has a gun fetish. We treat them as more than tools but as cultural icons. In the ’40s we became an “Arsenal for democracy”, The Colt .45 is iconic. (It won the west.) The Rifleman’ s Winchester was a plot device on primetime tv. We all know what Dirty Harry carried or have rapped about Glocks. We’ve given them too much power and need a cultural shift change.

    Shooting is fun and I like doing it but I do know firearms should be a privilege in lieu of a right.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      yep – you’re exactly one of the Black people i was thinking of who is “for guns” but not necessarily “for the NRA”. i would really like to see some one force this conversation in a broad media setting. i want to HEAR the NRA or any other legislator pushing back on gun-control to address this…

      so true about guns being a cultural icon. i dont really know how we balance a healthy appreciation for guns and gun safety with limiting access to guns and the type of guns allowed as private property. its a complex issue but i fear that we arent open enough to trying to address the huge issue of gun violence.

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