I would like to see a discussion about unhealthy gun obsession. I suspect the vast majority of gun owners are reasonable and responsible people. But like alcohol, video games, the internet, or porn, there is always the potential of extreme interest that inteferes with a person’s ability to function within normal and acceptable parameters. Maybe it’s time to examine this, much as we’ve examined alcoholism. With that, I offer the following, a fictional movement, GunAlhololics Anonymous. This my fictional example of a screening they might offer to potential members; it is not founded in real research on the subject.
GunAholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from gun addiction.
- Do you own more than 3 guns?
- Do you own more than 5 guns?
- Do you own more than 10 guns?
- Do you feel suspicious of people in general, or uncomfortable around people who don’t own guns?
- Have you ever thought of brandishing a gun to end an argument or confrontation?
- Do you spend more than 5 hours a week on gun forums or reading about guns on the internet?
- Do you stock pile more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition?
- Do you feel your unsafe when you’re not carrying a gun?
- Have you purchased guns for family members or loved ones even if they did not want one?
- Do you always have to have the ‘latest’ in new gun technology?
- Have you ever left a loaded and unlocked gun around you home or vehicle, just in case?
- Do you spend more than $5,000/year on guns and ammunition?
If you answered ‘yes’ to 4 or more of these questions, you may have a gun addiction and pose a threat to your family or neighbors. The nearest chapter of GunAholics Anonymous (GAA), a 12-step program for helping gun addicts face their addictions can help.
GAA is not a religious organization nor is it affiliated with any religious body. It welcomes members of all religions, agnostics and atheists alike. You don’t have to sign up or achieve anything to be a member. You’re a member of a group if you choose to be. You can come and go as you please. No one is “in charge” of a group. We work through the offer of help and suggestion only. No one can tell you what you should or shouldn’t do.