Is America Turning Into Amerigunistan? This Apparel Company in D.C. Certainly Thinks So.
Written by Goombay Tally Staff | Goombay Tally | www.goombaytally.com
“Amerigunstan” is obviously not a country, but a growing number of Americans fear that the U.S. is quickly turning into a destructive warzone – much like the South Asian – Central Asian country that our military has been conducting costly combat operations in for the last 20 years … Afghanistan.
On 15 February 2018, we collectively gasped as a deranged gunman and ex-student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL gunned down 17 innocent students at the high school. This event inspired Herbie Hoo, the apparel company based in Washington D.C. to just do something. Anything. They realized that it may not be significant, and it may never change a thing — but if it helped to keep a light on the growing issue of gun violence in America. They were O.K. with it.
Herbie Hoo recently developed a new line of t-shirts in their collection called, “Amerigunistan.”
According to the staff, “No, we are not gifted and polished politicians with the innate ability to deliver flawless and impactful speeches on the House or Senate floor, following tragic events like the one we saw in Florida. But we are human beings, concerned parents, and at the end of the day; proud Americans.” “What doesn’t make us proud is the senseless loss of life that appears to be occurring exponentially in this country,” they said.
“What’s The “Amerigunistan Campaign”
So, the Herbie Hoo designers decided to start the “Amerigunistan” Campaign to increase awareness of gun violence in our country and the need to pass and enforce common sense gun purchase and vetting laws. “We don’t believe the answer to this social problem is to ban guns,” said Scott McGinnis, founder of Herbie Hoo Apparel. “However, we do believe in enforcing and making the existing gun laws significantly smarter and more effective, he said.” Herbie Hoo also believe in protecting our kids while they are getting an education. To them, it makes absolutely no sense to protect members of Congress, movie stars, sports professionals, and military installations with armed guards and fortified infrastructure, but leave the most innocent and vulnerable in our society without a fighting chance.
“We find it incredibly interesting that politicians give eloquent speeches about gun control and the evils of ‘assault style’ weapons … all while under the protection of armed guards and security forces…it’s hypocritical.”
Herbie Hoo stated that gun control isn’t the answer — mainly because gun control laws only impact law abiding citizens who have no desire to rob a bank or commit a crime. The criminals (by definition) don’t follow laws. “Ask the cities of Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Philadelphia; the cities with the most stringent gun control laws and violent homicide rates in the country.” “But we continue to support the same laws, and elect the same leaders,” they stated. Punishing law-abiding citizens for the sins of the criminal is tantamount to the middle school kid who gets bullied during lunch and instead of addressing the issue with the “actual” bullies or school administrators, he simply goes home and kicks the dog… just because that’s the easiest target to control. But it doesn’t solve the problem.
Punishing law-abiding citizens for the sins of the criminal is tantamount to the middle school kid who gets bullied during lunch and instead of addressing the issue with the “actual” bullies or school administrators, he simply goes home and kicks the dog … just because that’s the easiest target to control. But it doesn’t solve the problem.
Scott stated that the Herbie Hoo staff believes we all need to:
- close the existing gaps and loop holes that exist in our current background check systems, (yes, there are many)
- tighten the screws on federal requirements for the military, states, local, and tribal entities to submit criminal history data to the FBI databases (they are there for a reason)
- common sense mental defective reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Mental defectives need our care, attention, and the best professional help we can provide them … but they certainly don’t need an AR-15 in their possession … no more than a baby needs full access to the medicine cabinet. That’s all. We also need to ensure we continue to protect medical privacy; but not at the expense of innocent lives when there is a clear and eminent threat against public safety … yep, we need to stop playing “I’ve got a secret” in the mental health community.
- Schools need to fund for serious campus threat assessments and develop effective measures. “We don’t have money for comprehensive threat assessments,” is no longer an acceptable excuse. Our schools are vulnerable and under attack … stop spending federal funds on “non-sense” cultural studies instead. There … now you have the funding you need.
- Figure out why the Sheriff’s Department in Florida failed to take action with regard to the shooter after receiving numerous reports and tips from fellow students, teachers, parents and concerned citizens were submitted to authorities. Some suggest that details regarding the shooter were deliberately ignored in order to artificially reduce the number of “juvenile to prison pipeline”numbers in the state — ensuring that the statistics look better than they actually are. These are the things that students should be protesting right now: why was their safety put in jeopardy in order to meet the objectives of a social agenda? Better yet, when you told us, if we saw something, say something … WE DID! So why did you do “nothing” in response?” These are the true issues that should be investigated.
“Better yet, when you told us, if we saw something, say something … WE DID! So why did you do “nothing” in response?
If that means soliciting the help of teachers and educators that are former military or law enforcement to thwart the threat of active shooters in our country; so be it. Those that are adamantly opposed to potentially arming teachers in the classroom are still living in the world of make-believe.
These are the same folks who have no issue walking past a gauntlet of armed police officers and TSA inspectors, surrendering their carry-on possessions for scrutiny, and finally getting zapped in an X-ray machine — all to ensure that your flight to Minneapolis to see grandma is uneventful.
The solution is simple (sort of…O.K., not really): let the states decide on what direction its schools will take in terms of arming teachers or administrators as an additional layer of security. One size will certainly not fit all. For those that choose to arm educators, make it voluntary and recruit your ex-military or law enforcement, or those with existing concealed carry permits.
Many Americans refuse to acknowledge the fact that this nation has shifted. As great of a nation that this place is … we are no longer the country we were 20, 30, 40 years ago. Scenes of our children dodging gunfire in the school cafeteria never crossed our minds before the Columbine High School tragedy. Today, an incident like that is (unfortunately) commonplace. Sad.
Herbie Hoo also believes that citizens who cannot protect themselves from threats and rely solely on law enforcement or the military for their protection, cannot truly categorize themselves a “free” people.
Not a popular notion, but this is what we believe. Instead, they feel that “access” to guns in America is the true problem.
Here’s their explanation:
In order to operate a motor vehicle on American’s interstates, highways, and roadways, we have specific age requirements, we must possess baseline sensory and motor skill abilities, we must pass a written and practical driver’s test, we must provide our servicing DMV with an extraordinary amount of personal information, we give the state a photograph to be placed on our license and in their database, and repeatedly register our vehicles on an annual basis. All this to maintain safe roadways in this country. But when it comes to guns, yes … we have general gun registration laws and a pedestrian federal background check system, but we don’t exercise the same degree of vetting and due diligence when we allow people to drive on our streets and roadways.
That piece must change.
The Second Amendment guarantees our right to bear arms, but that doesn’t mean everyone “should” bear arms. Certainly no more than that crazy uncle (that we all have in the family) should be left alone to baby sit your kids. It’s not a question of “rights,” it’s a reality of responsibility and mental capacity.
Similarly, as much as we love and care for our 1.3 million legally blind, fellow Americans that currently reside in our country, common sense tells us that they should not be operating vehicles on our roadways … for their own safety, and others. Likewise, guns in the hands of the wrong operator can be equally catastrophic. It’s operator access that needs to be “controlled.”
We must ensure that the wrong operators do not have access to guns in America … this is not a Second Amendment argument, it is a common sense reality.
In conclusion, Herbie Hoo believes the term “Amerigunistan” is more than a (clever) hybrid reference for two diametrically opposed nations, it is an organic, grassroots cry from our concerned citizens for federal and state politicians to take meaningful action to stop the senseless violence that plagues one of the wealthiest and innovative nations on the planet. We are essentially a nation that has the capability and capacity to send satellites and other vehicles into space, cure exotic and deadly diseases, and develop software that can fly an aircraft without a pilot, but also worry everyday about sending our kids to elementary school three blocks away — a pathetic commonality that we are beginning to share with war-torn countries elsewhere on the globe. That’s “Amerigunistan.”
Because of this, Herbie Hoo will donate 30% of the proceeds from the sales of their “Amerigunistan” apparel to established organizations that directly support families of gun violence in America. Please share their campaign on social media and help bring attention to the need for smart, gun access legislature in this country. Visit www.herbiehoo.com and look for the “Amerigunistan” Collection.
Written by Goombay Tally Staff Writers | Goombay Tally | www.goombaytally.com