I really don’t want to keep talking about guns every week. On the other hand I would like to address some e-mail I got and comments I’ve heard on the gun issue. I got an e-mail saying, “I was just one more anti-Constitutional liberal using dead children to push a ban guns political agenda.” I thought I had clearly said that I was not for banning guns. I said I was for banning semi-automatic assault weapons and gun magazines carrying over 10 bullets. I wrote to the e-mailer, “How dare we liberals exploit tragedy in order to prevent more tragedies from happening.” The e-mailer’s answer to mass shootings was that we needed more guns. I think the problem is not that there aren’t enough guns out there; the problem is that there are too many guns out there. If more guns equal more safety, then we would be the safest nation in the world….but when it comes to gun homicides we certainly aren’t. I’m sorry but a lot of gun owners just aren’t responsible enough to own a gun. Ever go to a shooting range and see the callous way some of these gun owners handle their weapons? I had an NRA member tell me most assault gun owners only use their assault weapons for target practice. If that’s true then he shouldn’t have a problem with leaving his assault weapons locked up at the range. We need less NRA rhetoric about how everybody should own a gun, and more questioning about whether you are responsible enough to be a gun owner?
If you think gun support groups feel any blame in overturning the assault weapons ban or weakening gun laws that make it easier to kill large groups of children you’d be wrong. Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said that, if there had been armed teachers in the school in Newtown, the tragedy might have been reduced. He added, “Gun control supporters have the blood of little children on their hands.” He asked for gun laws to be loosened further. I would say pro-gun organizations and the NRA have the blood of little children on their hands. The problem is not that there are too many gun owners; the problem is that the NRA has fought to keep reasonable regulations from passing. Some of us worship the Prince of Peace and some worship the Lord of AK47’s. The only god NRA’s Wayne LaPierre worships is his $1,263,101 per year salary. He will stand on top of thousands of dead children’s bodies and try to sell whatever lies his gun manufacturers owned NRA tells him to. The children of Sandy Hook are just “collateral damage” so that gun owners can keep buying 30 round or more magazine clips. Which leads us to the spikes in gun sales that each shooting brings. Those mass murders and the constant lies about democrat politicians going to take away guns are the magic sales techniques to hit sales records for guns and NRA membership sign ups. A law-abiding teacher or anyone else with a concealed carry permit and firearm training doesn’t necessarily mean they will be able to react to a surprise mass shooter as was proven by ABC News in this video.
There are 51,438 licensed gun stores in America, while we only have 36,000 grocery stores. Of course not all guns are sold from gun stores as we have 129,000 federally licensed fire arm dealers in the U.S. I heard on the news where gun stores said they sold more guns and ammo in the two weeks after the children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School then they did all year-long. That is because the NRA sent out the message that President Obama and other politicians would be enacting gun controls because of too many mass murder shootings. The NRA knows gun control won’t be happening because they own the politicians that make the laws. The NRA loves to double down on paranoia and fear after each shooting as it raises sales for the gun manufacturers that own the NRA. It’s amazing conservative gun owners ever sleep at night with all the fears they have. The thing their guns can’t protect them from is reality. Reality such as the fact that a gun in the home is responsible for the vast majority of children killed by fire arms. An abused woman is 6 times more likely to be murdered if there is a gun in the home. A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used in a suicide, homicide or accident that be used in self-defense. More children and teens died from gunfire in 2008 and 2009 — 5,750 — than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan. Among 23 high-income countries in the world scholars have studied, the United States is home to 80 percent of all gun deaths, and 87 percent of all gun deaths of children younger than 15.
Target-shooting is a sad excuse for filling society with semi-automatic large clip weapons. I’m for a study I’d label, PIGS (the “Paranoid or Irresponsible Gun Study)” to see if gun owners have problems of self-esteem, low self-image, or other personality issues. I’ve heard gun owners express how guns makes them feel whole, and in control. I’ve met gun owners who have an ego issue. They are the type who own lots of guns and call themselves, a “Gun-enthusiast.” The idea that someone is an “Enthusiastic” about such a deadly tool as a weapon might be a good place to start the “PIGS study. Gun culture and people’s fascination with guns is a big part of the problem.
I keep hearing the right-wing arguing that those who want gun control have no creditability because they use the wrong terminology. They are all over B.S. like that a clip should be called a magazine, etc. I don’t give a shit what the correct gun nut terminology is for a device that holds 10, 30 or even a 100 bullets. Let’s call them what they are “Mass little children killers.” If you are down to defending mere terminology you know you are an extremist who is defending the indefensible. We are past buying the spin and swift boating of everything but the guns.
Buffoons of the week are the talk radio pro-gun callers who use the car vs. gun analogy. These pinheads explain that lots of people get killed in cars and no one is talking about banning them. The purpose of a gun is to kill, while the purpose of a car is to transport people from place to place. While doing that sometimes accidents occur. To make us safer in these accidents the automobile manufacturers have developed many safety and security devises. Some cars were proven to be unsafe and companies were forced to stop making them. To get a gun you just need to go to a gun show with no background check and buy it. To operate a car you need to train for hours with responsible people and pass a driving and written test. Cars have to meet safety standards, be registered, licensed and insured. There are all kinds of highway laws – easily enforceable regarding the operation of cars. The NRA opposes all such things when it comes to guns. The buffoons that talk about how cars are murder weapons need to tell that to the Department of Motor Vehicles when they are getting a driver’s license or renewing plates. That way these buffoons will be identified as being psychopaths and too dangerous to operate a motor vehicle.
Australia suffered its most terrible mass shooting 15 years ago, killing over 40 people including over 30 tourists. Then 12 days later, the Australian government rewrote the country’s gun laws. Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a conservative led the bipartisan reforms on banning weapons. Surveys showed up to 85% of Australians supported gun control. Among those changes, was to outlaw all assault weapons. The government bought back almost all (hard to confirm 100%) assault weapons in the civilian population, paying owners their cost + 10%. Since then, Australia has had no mass shootings. Homicides involving firearms dropped by 59 percent in the decade following Australia’s gun-law reforms, Harvard University researchers reported last year in an analysis of the Australian statistics. Former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer says he is not surprised the Australian example is being cited, saying time has shown that the strong national laws were justified. In Australia after a shooting spree there was an outcry and necessary laws prevailed.
In the U.S. after these shooting sprees the outcry is expressed by running to a gun store and buying more guns. Many times the buyers are buying the gun the shooter used in his mass killing. So much for any compassion for the victims. I suppose the thought is that the gun killed dozens of people and never jammed so it must be a well made gun. Will the manufacturers of these assault weapons used in mass murders soon advertise that this is the model that performed flawlessly at Sandy Hook Elementary School? If one of these mass murderers’ uses a gun that jams and he is captured will that model gun suffer a sales slump?
How do we open dialogue in this country with people who favor NRA talking points over data and facts? It’s as if guns take away your heart, soul and brains and don’t allow you to see past your gun barrel. All that considered we still need to dialogue about violence, our countries brutal history, questions about our past and present foreign policy and especially deal with the fear gun owners have. Without the fear the NRA stirs up in its members the NRA has no argument. How many more little children must die before we feel their right to live out weights the right to shoot as many bullets as possible per second?
NRA Blames Violent Films For Mass Shooting, But Their Museum Features “Hollywood Guns.”
“The right to bear arms is a God-given right.” ~ Gun Nuts
I can’t find that quote in the Old or New Testament. My God is a god of love. He asked people to not be selfish and to make sacrifices for the good of others.