You have my full support to exercise your right of free speech, as well as your right to own guns. But about that bumper sticker…
Dear dude with the AK-47 bumper stickers on your truck window,
First, let me me clear, this post isn’t about gun control. This post is about your bumper stickers. Its purpose is to let you know what normal American citizens think of your sticker, and by association, of you.
Here’s what we think when we see your assault rifle bumper stickers. We see a guy driving your truck (you) who might just go into a school and shoot our kids. You might be the guy who will walk into an army base and kill our soldiers. Or go to a movie theater and murder our friends. Or shoot a congresswoman in the head.
Are we overreacting? Maybe. You probably aren’t that guy. But that guy is real, and he’s out there in a truck just like yours–we see him on the news all too often. But even if you’re not that guy, you apparently approve of him and his horrific actions. You obviously want us to think that you’re in league with him. Why else would you advertise the fact that you delight in the world’s most popular murder machines? With this in mind, you shouldn’t feel misunderstood when the majority of your fellow Americans look at your bumper sticker and think you’re a potentially violent sociopath.