Two of the main problems we have in the United States is:
- too many people
- too many of them have access to guns
Republicans have the curious position of wanting more of both. They’re against sex education, often against contraception, and staunchly reject abortion. And they want to increase everyone’s access to guns.
Yet when another mass shooting takes place, they cry out at the president for hypocritically wanting both planned parenthood and gun control, since they think planned parenthood is AGAINST kids, and gun control is for it.
Republicans are not evil people. They believe what they’re doing is right, and in the interest of the kids they’re protecting. The problem is confusion between the reduction of suffering with the prevention of life. They think that if you don’t let a life come into this world, by sex education, or contraception, or through abortion, then you’re against life, which means it’s hypocritical to then be for gun control.
Well, there’s your problem. It’s not about life—it’s about reducing suffering.
Real, living humans in our world today are suffering because of violence. That’s a tangible problem, and one that needs solutions.
Claiming moral equivalence with not letting other lives start is completely ridiculous. Never-conceived, unborn, and aborted babies don’t experience suffering like real kids do. They simply fail to turn into humans later in life, just like trillions of other non-humans that COULD have come into being.
So let’s consider for a moment that pushing for polices that create more people, and that give them more access to guns, is not the best way to increase happiness and reduce suffering.
Maybe more people is not a solution, since we already don’t have enough jobs for the people we have. Maybe it’s not a moral position to do everything you can to bring more people into this mess. And maybe it’s even worse to try to arm them all once they’re here.