Today, I’d like to talk about making this country a safer place. We are a violent people. We as Americans, we think it’s OK to hit people. We think it’s OK to invade a ring with an opponent who has done nothing to us. But we just go in and we just punch.
I am a member of the Boxing Victims Against Boxing Violence Organization of America and lately I have received e-mail after e-mail of news stories about people who have been hurt and killed by fists. We have a boxing problem in this country.
Let me make the following points:
1. There is no point to boxing other than to injure other people
Boxing serves no useful purpose other than to cause maximum destruction to other people. These are human beings we’re talking about here. Boxing is designed with one specific goal in mind: to hurt, injure, knock out and kill people.
Sure, you can talk about boxing competitions and whatnot, but we all know that the real point of boxing is to punch people in the face. Is such a pointlessly violent activity really necessary in this day and age?
2. Boxers are paranoid
I see some people talk about taking up boxing as a form of self-defense. These people claim that they are tired of being pushovers. They want to learn how to stand up to these so-called muggers who are all over the place.
Listen, I’ve never taken up boxing and I’ve made it this far without being robbed or beaten. You guys don’t need boxing. You boxers are just a bunch of paranoid right-wing lug nuts.
Have you seen hand-on-face violence statistics in this country? We have people going around punching each other in the face like it’s nothing! I know this little fact may be unfortunate considering it debunks my “paranoid” argument above, but that doesn’t matter because SHUT UP!
Something must be done.
3. 12 round fights are completely unnecessary
Look, I don’t want to completely eliminate boxing. I just want to have a sensible conversation here. Is it really necessary to step into the ring with a 12 round clip match in mind? Let’s have a discussion about limiting the number of rounds available to boxers and placing new taxes on destructive boxing devices such as 8 ounce gloves.
Two or three rounds should be enough to determine who is the best boxer. I have nothing against setting up a punching bag at home and hitting it with 36 ounce protective gloves. I just don’t think it’s necessary to punch a real human in the face for 12 rounds.
Did you know that in some sanctioned boxing matches, people will hit each other more than 100 times? That’s just overkill and completely unnecessary.
4. Let’s Have A Discussion About Boxing Violence
It’s time we have a legitimate discussion about boxing. And by “legitimate discussion” I mean you need to forget about even trying to convince me of the use of high capacity boxing rounds, 8 ounce gloves or sanctioned injury fights. Let’s have a discussion in which you sit down and listen to what I have to say.
Think of the children. If you don’t want to have a legitimate discussion about boxing violence, you have the blood of children on your hands.