There is hardly any gun debate in my country, because we hardly have guns. But I like to follow the debate in other parts of the world, especially the States. And I understand both of its sides. I’m anti-gun myself, but I won’t judge you for wanting to bear firearms in your daily life. Perhaps you don’t feel safe in your neighborhood. Perhaps you want to protect your home or your loved ones. I get it.
What I don’t get, however, is gun enthusiasm. How can anyone look at something that’s designed specifically to kill living things, and feel enthused? How can anyone take pride and comfort in the belief that society only functions because its inhabitants carry lethal weapons around? How can anyone view firearms as symbols of liberty and peace?
How can anyone think that guns are good?
I am an outsider to the gun debate, but if I’m allowed to make a small contribution to it, it is this: We need to ask the right question.
Let’s not ask “are guns good or evil”. Because they’re evil. Anything that’s designed to kill a human being is absolutely evil. Let’s instead ask “are guns a necessary evil”.
And if we find that they are indeed necessary, how can we change the world so that they are not?