Ban them Now by Michael Z. Williamson
Ban them Now
by Michael Z. Williamson
Imagine a machine designed for the military. It is heavily built, very tough,
and utterly unforgiving of mistakes. It is ugly, metallic and plastic, and has
no aesthetic qualities. It has evolved over the years to greater power, and has
become so easy to operate that even children can do so. It makes our troops more
efficient at their unpleasant task of killing our enemies.
Incredibly, this state of the art piece of military hardware is available,
with thin disguising, to civilians. There’s a subculture in this country that
buys millions of them. There are no restrictions on ownership, no need to
justify the possession of one of these high-tech killing machines.
Even worse, there aren’t even reasonable laws on safe storage. No
requirement to render them inoperable when not in use, nor that they be safely
locked away. Children get hold of them every day, and cause hundreds of
accidents and injuries, and all too often, deaths.
Technology exists to lock them in such a fashion that they can’t be
operated by any except the owner, but the death merchants who sell them, and the
extremist users of these "toys" refuse to consider any legislation
mandating such. They suffer from some Freudian inadequacy that makes the very
mention an affront to their manhood.
These enemies of society are organized, too. They have dozens of
organizations with millions of members that shout down any attempt at rational
debate. They shout about their "rights" to utilize these weapons for
"sporting" purposes, or for use in militaristic death games. They won’t
even accept a simple cooling-off period as a compromise.
Something happens to a person who owns one. They get lazy and stupid. They
take these things everywhere, out of a paranoid fear that they might
"need" them. Society is poisoned by the residue from the chemicals
used for the propellant for these weapons of mass destruction. We all pay the
price for the use of them.
Nowhere else in the world is there such a plague of them. Most other nations
are sensible enough to make possession awkward, require special licensing, and
severely punish those who commit crimes. Here, one can be drunk and stupid and
utterly murderous, and walk away with a slap on the wrist.
More than 40,000 people a year are killed by these idiots with their macho,
adventure-movie attitudes. 40,000. The population of an entire suburban town.
Many of them helpless children who have no idea what is happening. All this, so
a bunch a fanatical idiots can maintain their "right." Their right to
be stupid. Their right to play action movie star. Their right to kill.
The time for debate and compromise is over. It is time to ban them
immediately. Round them up, destroy them all. Some speak of buying them back,
but the cost is prohibitive. Society has no obligation to pay these people for
their destructive devices. No civilized person should own one. Simply seize them
and destroy them immediately.
Save lives. End suffering. Help society.
Ban automobiles now.