Opinion: The Only Way to Stop a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With an Opinion on the Internet

Opinion: The Only Way to Stop a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With an Opinion on the Internet

by Joe Schmith

Gun control is an emotional topic. On one side of the debate, we have liberals arguing that stricter gun laws are needed to keep firearms out of the hands of potential criminals. On the other side, conservatives believe that gun ownership is an essential constitutional right, and is important to a person’s ability to protect oneself and one’s property.

Both sides are certainly entitled to their opinions, but they are both dead wrong. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in recent years, it’s that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with an opinion on the internet.

No “law” or “background check” is going to keep guns out of the hands of violent maniacs. No “Constitution” or “right of self-defense” is going to keep this country safe. No, sir. The one and only thing that will stop a man with a gun intent on doing you harm is a regular guy like me spontaneously posting my opinion in all caps to my social media feeds.

Some people might say that an average Joe like me with an opinion on the web can’t do much to change the course of history. But I’ve seen the way this country reacts when I post a low-resolution meme condemning the NRA and get three or even four likes, or when I share an article from libtardsgo2hell.net on Facebook. THAT is what makes a difference.

And the effect is not confined to gun control. There is no limit to the real and lasting results a vitriolic tweet I send out at 3 a.m. can have on climate change or immigration policy.

No, the real change doesn’t happen in the halls of Congress or through grassroots activism working tirelessly to make this country better. The real change happens in the comments section of r/politics, and nothing can stop me from leading the charge.