To those people who want a ban on all guns, knock it off. Honestly, you annoy the fuck out of me almost as much as the crazy people who think that Obama and the woefully ineffective United Nations are going to send confiscation squads to take their guns. You're also just bolstering the argument of the wingnuts. If you don't want a gun, you don't have to have one.
There's plenty of us gunowners who aren't brainwashed by the NRA and Fox News. We keep our pistols and shotguns out of the reach of children. We don't allow mentally ill people to get access to our firearms and we don't mind undergoing a background check to purchase a weapon. We own them because we use them to shoot targets, hunt and defend our homes. I got a .22 at the age of 7 and I've shot thousands of rounds from nearly every pistol, rifle and shotgun made since then, and never at another human being.
There's a firearm for every man, woman and child in the United States, so stop trying to push an outright ban. It's just not going to happen, and every time you bring it up, you just hurt an adult conversation that the rest of us are trying to have.
We can have a honest discussion about what a private citizen should own but not everyone who has a gun wants to shoot an unarmed minority kid or take on an imagined tyrannical government. Gun shows may not be your thing but folks like me enjoy them and we aren't there to buy ammo for the next mass shooting.
If you want to actually make a difference, how about getting behind sensible regulations that will actually work? How about getting away from the ideology of a world without guns and easing towards something more realistic like universal background checks and licensing for high capacity weapons without stirring up the NRA idiots?
However, if you really want to freak out some gun nuts, I suggest showing up to gun shows wearing an Obama shirt and buy up what you can afford. Maybe then, if they think liberals are arming themselves, perhaps they'll finally scream for some regulations.
And finally, if a ban on all firearms is ever proposed, I will stand against it. Until that point, let's not let a bunch of wingnuts on either side hijack our freedoms or this discussion.