As the World as we know it slowly but surely begins to unravel wanting to protect yourself from would be enemies makes sense. Poor gun control does not. It will after all mean that your enemies will be just as well armed, if not more so, as you.
Of course listening to some Americans gun views does not mean all individuals in that country will agree. Is it simply a gun crazed minority pushing their views out online or are they really speaking for the majority? That is for you to decide. However here are some interesting statistics regarding gun deaths in the USA.
The States was built on gun toting individuals and gangs, if the tales of the Wild West are anything to go by. Back in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln was assasinated by a man carrying a gun. He has not been the last great person to die in such a way.
John F Kennedy, his brother Robert, Presidents James Garfield and William McKinle, and Martin Luther King all died at the hands of gunmen. Men who disagreed with their policies but were incapable of changing things without a gun. Cowards in other words. You can pretty it up however you like but those who carry out assinations are cowards, paid killers, fanatics and more. Terrorists in all but name.
The US is quick to point the finger at terrorists these days but cannot see it was built on such acts.
Currently many of the deaths from guns in the US are either due to crime in poor urban areas or suicides. Yes having a weapon to hand is not ideal when poeple become depressed. As we know all too well some people who become mentally unstable will take their weapons to the people and cause mayhem.
Although there have been some restrictions on gun ownership in the US it has largely failed. Differing levels of control in different States makes little sense. It can be as easy as crossing a border then, to buy what you want.
Like the UK, the US criminal fraternity buy, carry and use guns. In the US gun crime is more widespread.
The figures relating to gun suicide vary. For decades in the 20th Century the incidence of US gun suicides was high. Even so according to wikipedia, "In the United States, firearms remain the most common method of suicide, accounting for 50.7% of all suicides committed during 2006"
Wikipedia go on to claim that "Gun-related death rates in the United States are eight times higher than they are in countries that are economically and politically similar to it. Higher rates are found in developing countries and those with political instability"
The NRA, national rifle association, will fight tooth and nail to retain the US citizens "right to bear arms." After all many people stand to lose out financially if gun laws are changed. Perhaps it will all boil down to money as usual.
The media, in particular US media, is full of stories relating to the Aurora massacre. None however appear to be pushing for gun control change or a re-think. None are able to provide any answers.
Neither can we, but we know 100% that Aurora will not be the last gun massacre in the US. That stands to reason. That is unless there is a fundamental change.
In Europe madmen such as Anders Breivik will go on a killing rampage but it will happen rarely. Look at Norway's history and you will see Breivik was the first and hopefully the last gun toting lunatic in that country.
Can the US say the same of James Holmes?
Tags: US gun control, NRA, US politics, US massacre