The latest massacre in the US has left us wondering if such crimes are on the increase in that country. The majority of US citizens want to protect and keep their "right to bear arms" but at what price? The USA is a vast country with varying laws in each State. This means that gun laws are tighter in some States than others. In an election year both potential leaders of the USA will shy away from tackling the subject of gun crime. There is money in weapons. It is big business. Daring to air views which may come from the heart could add a nail in the political coffin of a presidential candidate. Surely though something will have to be done?
Early yesterday September 27, 2012, an employee was sacked from a Minneapolis sign making company. Later that day he returned to his former place of work, burst in and opened fire. His deadly gun attack killed four people. He then turned the gun on himself. Five deaths for what?
The killer has been identified as Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36. The dead include the owner of the company. The killer however appears to have had some people in mind as targets. It has been reported that when he entered the premised of the Accent company he walked past some people selecting those who he obviously had a gripe with.
Police who have searched the killer's home today found 10,000 rounds of ammunition. That sounds a huge amount to us but look online and it seems that Americans who support their gun policy would disagree. Why though would any law abiding citizen need such an amount of ammunition? If you follow the premise that people own guns for protection then 10,000 rounds of ammunition is a ludicrous amount. It is a tragedy waiting to happen.
In 2012 the US has experienced gun massacres in Aurora, Wisconsin, New York and more. Instead of such tragedies encouraging Americans to turn away from gun ownership it has increased the sale of guns in some places. The Aurora Cinema shootings led to an increase in gun sales as people sought to protect themselves from potential future attacks.
It is like a never ending spiral into insanity. More killings leads to more guns owned and therefore more gun incidents Insanity pure and simple. Whether there have been more gun massacres in the USA in 2012 or not there have been far too many incidents and deaths.