Equality under the gun
by J. Kb
I have a young son, so my home life is a DC and Marvel universe crossover. A lot of what is on the TV in the evening is superhero cartoons.
Being a gun guy, this got me thinking. The old expression is God created all men, Sam Colt made them equal. I believe this. So what would gun ownership and CCW be like in an America where you are as likely to be the victim of a home invasion by a couple of punks as being the victim of a planetary invasion by a race of ancient, super powerful, inter-dimensional aliens? Or when the guy who tries to mug you at the ATM isn’t just high on drugs, but can also turn his skin into a nearly impenetrable armor?
The basic moral justification for CCW is that no person should have to find themselves at the mercy of a bad guy. What happens when the bad guy can jump tall buildings in a single bound? A gun is a tool by which you can defend yourself. In a super hero universe, I believe that people should have access to weapons that have the ability to take out superheroes. I for one would be carrying, at the very minimum, something high capacity loaded with Hornady’s Mutant Defense Vibranium tipped, Krypton core ammo.
The SHOT Show would be a bazaar of awesomeness. Every company would be trying to hock their latest and greatest in anti-super-villain ordinance. I’d want to see Hickock45‘s review of the new Sig Sauer matter destabilizer. If the bad guy can out run a bullet, you have to level up to directed energy weapons. It’s just basic physics.
Also, if you can defend yourself from rape and bodily harm with lethal force, what about unwanted psychic probing? Could you shoot a telepath for trying to read your mind? I’d support that. Nothing is more personal than your inner thoughts, and I don’t want someone in my head without permission.
I know that there are some politicians who say that it should be illegal for civilians to possess weapons of that power. But would it really matter if I can buy a death ray if there are people running around born with the ability to destroy buildings with a glance or summon tornadoes on demand?
Maybe I’m over thinking it a little. I don’t know. What are your opinions on gun ownership in a superhero universe?