I confess, I don’t get the whole gun culture. (I don’t get football, boxing, NASCAR, or golf, either.) Some gun owners are creepy. There’s a psycho-sexual dynamic to certain aspects of the gun culture that just plain skeeves me.
But I do understand how some otherwise normal people can own a veritable shitload of guns without being a Doomsday prepper. After all, I own seven guitars (a candy apple red 30th anniversary model Strat, a Squier Tele painted to look like Jimmy Page’s, an FG-150 Yamaha acoustic, an old Silvertone archtop I use for playing slide, a black Takamine acoustic-electric that’s my workhorse guitar, an RF8 Alvarez, and a lovely little Luna cutout acoustic-electric), which is not completely rational for someone who lives in a one-bedroom apartment and is no longer a working musician.
I assume for most people, the love affair with guns is something like that: I like to play each and every one of those guitars. Each instrument has its own sound and personality, and I enjoy the variety. (And when I see the T-shirts that say, “My wife says if I buy one more guitar, she’s going to leave me. Sure gonna miss her”, I do relate.)
The difference, I think, is that I only know of one person killed by a guitar. It was considered unusual.
As opposed to guns, which are all too frequently used to kill people.
Now, I won’t get into in-depth arguments about criminals and guns right now, because that’s not the only part of the gun carnage that so disturbs me. It’s when ordinary people, under extraordinary stress, have access to guns. That concerns me.
I know it would never pass, but I’d be happy with a law that says if you have a bitter divorce and custody fight, you have to put your guns in escrow and you don’t get them back until the kids are grown. At the very least, family court judges or anyone who hears domestic abuse cases should be able to grant petitions to remove guns for a period of time, and put the owners on whatever the equivalent of a no-buy gun list would be. Some people would be much better co-parents if it was the only way they would ever get their guns back. Imagine: Every year, a judge would ask your ex if you’d been non-threatening and cooperative!
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