Shooting themselves silly…
I read with sadness about the latest mass shooting at Fort Hood in Texas, USA which resulted in 3 deaths and many seriously injured. I also noted that the perpetrator – a member of the US military – bought a hand gun locally to carry out these shootings.
This latest tragedy at Fort Worth comes on the back of yet another mass shooting last September at the US Navy Yard in Washington in which 13 people were shot to death, along with the 7 killed in Florida in July, the six killed in Santa Monica College in June, the five (including 2 children) killed in Manchester, Illinois in April, the five killed in Federal Way, Washington in April, the six killed in Herkimer County, New York in March, the 27 (including many children) at Sandy Hook, Newtown in December, 2012, the 7 killed in Minneapolis in September, 2012, the 7 killed in Wisconsin in August, 2012, the 12 killed in Aurora Colorado in July, 2012, the 6 killed in Seattle Washington in May, 2012, the 7 killed in Oakland, California in April, 2012, and the 5 killed in Norcross in February, 2012.
Have I missed some? Very probably. It just goes on and on.
I have written about guns in America several times before so I will try to keep this brief, as I can’t preach to the converted and a vast majority of Americans have been so brain-washed by the American gun lobby that they close their ears to reason.
Even the usually fair-minded, rational commentators start talking gobbledygook when it comes to discussing gun control.
After all, the right to bear arms is their God given right under the second amendment – you know that one that Founding Fathers wrote to make sure that locally formed militias could buy their own guns as the state didn’t have the necessary funds…. Yes that one. It seems the entire gun-owning population of the USA are members of collective militias….
My guess is that if the Founding Fathers were to come back today and see how their law has been miss-used, they would all be absolutely horrified.
One of the major arguments of the gun lobby is that knife crime in the UK is much worse than gun crime in the USA.
As every sensible thinking person knows, this is a total load of hog wash!
The rate of murders in the USA is approx. 5.1 per 100,000 of population
The rate of murders in the UK is approx. 1.4 per 100,000 of population.
In 2009, there were 13,000 murders in the USA, of which 9,200 were carried out with a fire arm. (8,900 in 2010, 8,700 in 20111, 8,900 in 2012)
In 2011, there were 550murders in the UK, of which 39 were carried out with a fire arm.
The gun lobby will tell you that there are more knife attacks in the UK than there are gun attacks in the USA, per 100,000 of population.
Even if this is true – and believe me, it is highly questionable – they completely omit to tell you that a vast majority of knife attacks do NOT result in a single death, but a vast majority of gun attacks do just that.
Using the statistics above, even if we assume that every murder in the UK in 2011, which was not carried out with a gun, was carried out with knife, (which is patent nonsense), it would still produce a death by knife rate in the UK of 1.1 per 100,000 of population, compared to 5.1 by mainly guns in America.
The gun lobby is very, very, big business and they will go to any lengths to lie, mislead and obfuscate the true facts from the American public. They know full well that the easy availability of guns is mainly to blame for the appalling rate of deaths by guns in their country; but just like the tobacco monopoly before them, the last thing they will ever do is admit the truth.
Many elected politicians in the USA receive financial and other support from the gun lobby – without it they wouldn’t have a job. Corrupt or what?? Surely they have the blood of all the murdered children of Sandy Hook and elsewhere on their hands.
And can anyone please tell me when was the last time a crazed killer in the UK carried out a mass attack, causing multiple deaths, when wielding a knife?
Meanwhile, sadly we continue to read about these tragic deaths by crazed gun killers, month by month, year after year….
Will it ever end? Not in my lifetime, I suspect.