Where Ya Goin’ With
That Gun In Your Hand?
Is Gun Ownership Deviant? One Pale, Skinny
I do not believe that the ownership or desire
to own a handgun (or any weapon, for that matter), is in and of itself
deviant. The only time deviance comes into play is when one takes
into account what the intended use of the handgun is.
For instance, if I said I wished to own a
handgun to keep in my home as a measure of protection from crimes
against myself and my family, nobody would think this is at all
Protection of one’s family is a normal desire for anyone.
However, if Joe Citizen came up to me and
said, “Paul, why do you wish to own a handgun?” and I said, “I
to go kill Japs with it,” or “I can only maintain an erection if I’m
a gun,” then people would quite understandably label me as deviant.
A gun is nothing more than a tool, just like
a screwdriver or a crescent wrench (only somewhat louder). Nobody
views screwdrivers or crescent wrenches as deviant, unless they are
Screwdrivers are meant to be used for inserting and removing screws
building materials. If I insert a screw into a wall, thus
the normal purpose of the screwdriver’s existence, people will say
is normal,” or if the person in question is one of my friends, “It’s
you pathetic boob. You are a horrible human being.” If I
the screwdriver to insert a screw into, say, my neighbor’s annoying
people will say, “You sick maniac! Get thee from my presence, you
horrid psycho!” and report my behavior to militant animal rights
Similarly, it is not deviant (by today’s
to plug some hombre who’s broken into your house, raped your wife,
your stuff, and inserted screws into your dog. It is, to a
lauded as heroic (especially if you get him before he screws your dog
your wife, granted not in the same context…) People will say, “It
is good that Paul had that gun, lest his family be destroyed by this
However, if I took that very same gun to the
supermarket the next day, and began putting holes in little old ladies
and miscellaneous produce…well, let’s just say I would have to become
with large, tattooed men who become really friendly in the shower
shur got a purty mouth…”)
So, in conclusion, I don’t believe that the
somple ownership of a gun is deviant, but it’s whether you intend to
it to protect Sparky from being attacked by Vinny “Screws” Corleone, or
if you intend to use it to ventilate Gramma.
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