I saw this most asinine bumper sticker today on a car in Phoenix

I honestly can’t believe that people can truly believe guns aren’t a problem.

After more than a quarter century on the Internet, I can. The key word is “believe”. It’s like a religion for ammosexuals, and like any religion it contains a lot of hand-waving to distract from whatever grim reality (one usually created by right-wingers) that drove them to the object of worship in the first place.

And as with any religion, there’s a whole panoply of bad-faith arguments meant to keep us from discussing those grim realities – insecure masculinity, racist xenophobia, obsessive collecting, a desire to kill or engage in political violence, etc. – that have been developed over the years to justify their worship of Moloch.