We need stricter gun laws. But the principal way for us to eradicate the gun problem is for society to start shaming people who fetishsize them, like this fool. There was a time when smoking was seen as cool and glamorous. But then with the help of the government, smokers became pariahs, and the entire country is a better place as a result. There was a time when wearing a seat belt was seen as uncool. Then the government stepped in and the entire country is a better place as a result. Hummers used to be status symbols. Then society decided they were symbols of waste, and driving one made you look like an idiot. The examples go on and on. The one time I was someplace where a gun was put on display -- a Christmas dinner! -- I left immediately. I have zero tolerance for guns because the chance of being "accidentally" shot by one is 100 percent higher when one is around. Although current gun owners now have more guns than they ever have before, actual gun ownership is down. The key to moving forward is making them socially unacceptable -- like this:
Dear Charlie Renville:
Your son Josh Renville doesn't look like a tough guy. He doesn't look cool. And he doesn't look manly. Your son looks like an asshole overcompensating for something.
The United States of America
Speak up and let people who brag about their guns and post photos like this know what you think.