So this week has turned into politics week. I had been going to stop. Then, unfortunately, I had another thought.
Oh fuck, everyone says.
So just to clarify something.
On the gun control stuff, don’t listen to me. Really. Like, fucking ever. The gun thing is flippant, to say the least. Watch Mythbusters and you might get why. Geekiness and explosives mixed together tends to lead to much enthusiasm but poorly thought-out political views.
I have a childish fascination with guns because I live in a country were we don’t get to play with them. I’m also a writer so I read about this shit now and then. Know what the difference is between a M16A1 and a M16A2? I do. And don’t use your flash suppressor as a tin opener, people. Bad shit happens.
At least if it’s 1968.
And we all know why its fragging, right?
I like knowing this shit. I think knowing it makes me interesting. I like being all redneck at suburban dinner parties, because I don’t actually look like I’d have these views.
This doesn’t mean I truly deeply madly believe them.
Um. If that makes no sense to you, it’s probably just because you take politics too seriously. Don’t worry, I still like you and probably everyone else does too. So just take it as there, and how I am, and don’t try to understand.
Here is a disclaimer. On gun control, and probably most other things, take my opinion not very seriously at all. I have no fucking idea what I’m talking about. I don’t have an opinion. I don’t even remember Australia without gun control.
But I shall say this. Given the enthusiasm TV Australians have found lately for lecturing the US about gun control.
And not that the US gives a shit, I imagine. Since they all think we’re Crocodile Dundee.
But anyway. The thought.
No Australian should ever tell anyone what to think about gun control, ever, except possibly John Howard, who passed the laws to regulate firearms here. Our big shooting massacre, at Port Arthur, is so fucking bad it tops worst-in-the-world lists, like here. It killed 35 people, which is more than any shooting in the US, or in England, or anywhere else outside of one in Africa and one in Korea. And per capita, which may or may not be relevant, this would be 875 people dead in one shooting in a country the size of the US. Roughly. [there's a footnote]
So I’m all for slapping down the stupid use of statistics, but I’m not sure that one is. Gun control arguments tend to make a big thing of comparative crime rates between countries.
Port Arthur is so fucking bad everyone in Australia should just shut the fuck up, I think. We’re not better or smarter or did anything well, we just happened to have something so fucking terrible happen it shocked us into action. And a prime minister who happened to be as shocked as everyone else.
And being realistic, disarming a mostly unarmed population, like happened here, is not nearly the same or as complicated a thing as what the US would face, if it did ever ban private guns. Australians talking about this shit is just ignorant.
And the only other thing I should need to say is meanwhile, on Underbelly… Or meanwhile, down at the Ned Kelly glorification museum. It’s not like we’re not all secretly sympathetic to this.
Anyways. That’s about as political as I’ll ever get. And I’m really going to stop this now.
Because it doesn’t actually matter what I think.
Because, seriously, I write fucking erotica. I’m pretty sure even people reading this blog are reading it because they like how I write smut, not because of my deep fucking political insights. So what I think doesn’t matter, not really, so just ignore this if you think I’m wrong or it annoys you.
And I really honest to fuck will stop with this from now on.
Footnotey thing: So these lists seem to seperate political violence from merely pointless violence. So Norway the other year was terrorism, and is somehow different to merely a mass shooting. At the risk of annoying more people, I’d tend to say that any time you kill lots of strangers, whether for reasons that are utterly crazy or only merely screwed up, that’s bad. And that being a douche-canoe for what you think is a good reason isn’t really any better than being a douche-canoe just because. But the world doesn’t agree, and seems to think politically-motivated killing is somehow less bad than other kinds, so I’ll go along with that here. But probably terrorists should be on these lists too.