Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) likes guns, especially in the Mad Max post-apocalypse he seems to have in mind for our country's future. “You could find yourself in this country in a lawless environment from a natural disaster or a riot,” said Graham at today's Senate hearing on gun control. That gun freedom people think everyone having a gun in that scenario is worrying to me. But tell me Senator Graham, why would we end up in such a lawless society?
Throughout this land, because of the fiscal state of affairs we have, there will be less [SIC] police officers, not more, over the next decade. Response time are gonna be less, not more. So, Captain Kelly, I really do want to get guns out of the hands of the wrong people. I honest to god believe that if we arbitrarily “say nobody in this country can own a 10-round magazine in the future, the people who own them are the kind of people we’re trying to combat to begin with.
Alright, so Graham's logic is that we have too much debt so police forces will be cut. Police forces will be cut so it's everyone for themselves out there, and if we restrict gun ownership, the only people who have guns will be criminals.
The first part of that shows a corruption in priorities. Close a few military bases (do we really need three in Germany?), drop a few subsidies (isn't big oil profitable enough?) or raise taxes a tick on billionaires (gasp), and we can easily afford to maintain our police force, especially if Graham's assessment of what comes after that is accurate.
The second part, that only the criminals would have guns, shows Graham's willful ignorance of the gun reforms the Obama administration proposed. Other than an assault rifle ban, none involve making guns less accessible for the sane and law abiding. In fact, the Obama Administration is trying to make it harder for felons and the mentally unstable to get guns, so that things will be more manageable, both in Lindsey Graham's post-apocalypse fantasy and in the United States' current reality, where gun violence brings daily tragedies.
Am I off-base here? Let me know in the comments and on twitter.