The gun-toting nutters on Facebook are doing my head in.
"It's part of our history" Oh good, we can join in then. We can remove women's property rights, send children up chimneys and burn witches at the stake.
"We've always had guns" Ah, the "but we go to bullfights every year" defence. Even better is "we've always had lots of guns and hunted animals". And you wonder why I don't want to be your friend?
"Guns don't kill people, people kill people" Or, as we say here, "Americans with guns kill people"
"It's a right under our constitution" So you're going to let a bunch of old men from hundreds of years ago decide what you do? The law is there to serve the people, not the other way around. And - hello - doesn't your constitution give you the right to carry a musket and form a militia? Maybe we shouldn't put that militia idea into their heads...
"It's mental illness that's the problem". I'd agree there. You are seriously mentally impaired. You want weapons in order to kill people and therefore more people will be killed. Now what part of that don't you get?
I've hidden and/or unfriended and/or blocked those who are sending atrocious and offensive stuff around Facebook. I've also reported several posts to FB under the "hate" category, the worst one being a mother with a machine gun on one hip and a baby on the other, which was accompanied by some of the worst hate comments I've ever seen. I started arguing with them but it was like arguing with a drunk. I was told it wasn't my business. Well, actually Facebook is an international community and the rest of the world do have a say what goes on there. Facebook will themselves have a say when international advertising revenues go down.
I'm not against debating important issues on Facebook. I'm against offensive images and messages being shared. That's not debate, it's bully boy tactics. "I'm going to stick this on your screen and I don't care who it offends". It doesn't do any cause any good.
Many Facebook users, like myself, are at home on their own all day and use Facebook to talk about their hobbies and enjoy the company of like minded people. I suppose the junk does at least tell you who the like-minded people are.
I don't believe there is any hope for the American people. The gun lobby is huge with seemingly unlimited funds which they are allowed to spend, unlike the political parties which (as I understand it) have a cap on their spending. Neither political faction will stand against them. There is supposed to be free speech but I don't see it. Maybe I hang out in the wrong places but it seems to me those against guns (and indeed against the war) get shouted down. If I was an American and wanted to protect my family I would leave and go and live somewhere else.