As I’ve said before, the Pettifog was created to focus my energies of rage and annoyance, from places like Facebook, into a blog. Then, those posts, I would hope would encourage others to discuss them. Partially to avoid being defriended by more people. The latest thing to enrage me, was this photo
Let’s just think about, for one second, about the general history of Native Americans’ interaction with these new settlers and governments. Europeans came over to North America with guns. These guns allowed them to easily slaughter the unarmed Native American population and helped drive them from the area. Those Native Americans who eventually got a hold of weapons, eventually attacked settlements and forts, resulting in casualties all around. In no way, was the gun ever a force for safety or peace for the Native Americans or settlers at this time. Giving Native Americans more arms, would have lengthened the fight between Native Americans and settlers, causing a drawn out civil war. Once again illustrating that more guns, equals more death.
This history specifically represents the tyranny of those with guns, and the unnecessary mayhem they cause.
To try to pick one incident, claim that if they had guns things would have gone better for the already ravaged Native American populace…seems reductive and absurd.