Native Americans & Guns Were Not Friends

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.


Mental Illness + Guns

“He had never been legally adjudicated as mentally ill, and, even if he had, Arizona at the time had over 121,000 records of disqualifying mental illness it had not submitted to the background check system.”

Mark Kelly, on wife, Gabby Gifford’s shooter.¬† (6 Things We Learned at the Senate’s Big Guns Hearing | Mother Jones)

Let’s stop pretending that people who want guns,¬† have been ¬†psychologically evaluated prior to owning a gun. They haven’t. My family member with a gun, in my opinion, has big anger and paranoia issues, but I doubt he’s ever been in front of a psychologist in his life. This is true of most gun owners. They’ve never been adequately screened like most people who are trained and hired to have guns (security firms, military, police, etc).

Even if there are incidents on record, a lot of the time warning signs are not automatically included in background checks or are they are not considered disqualifying factors.

So, making sure those things happen are essential.