Wednesday, 4 October 2017

GUN LAW. SANE OR INSANE?

The point made by this Kim Jong-Un cartoon is that there has to be a limit to the guns/weapons American householders are allowed; maybe more than a Bowie-Knife, but less than tactical-nuclear-weapons or ICBMs. What is that limit? Where should the line be drawn? 

Outside the cities, the US is a hunting, shooting, fishing, rural society – hence the gun culture. The Wild-West romantic myths exaggerate reality – over 80 pioneering years there were only about 30 men killed in face-to-face duelling gun-fights. The rest is male macho Hollywood fantasy.

"There were 32 gunfights and shootouts in the Wild West from 1840 to 1918. There have been 173 mass shootings in America this year. That may have had a great deal to do with the fact that – despite the NRA’s attempts to glorify it is a period where manly vigilantes were free to be men – gun control was stricter in the Wild West than it is today."

The Kinder-Egg is banned. The gun is legal. Spot the loony.
Trump supporters blame Obama for restricting their "Right to Bear Arms". After the SANDYHOOK infant school massacre, gun sales went up – on a NRA (National Rifle Association) false rumour that gun sales would be restricted by Obama. It was a gun-makers' PR stunt to drive up sales. Trump's equally demented friends in the NRA said that the infants and teachers should have been armed to be able to defend themselves. 


Trump hates Obama and is intent on destroying everything he achieved, good or bad. It’s a hangover from Fred Trump’s KKK days. Black people, the slave underclass, can’t be allowed to succeed; or allowed to inhabit Trump properties. But Trump lied (so what's new) Obama did not restrict guns:


Obama, Sept. 9: I don’t want any misunderstanding when you all go home, and you’re talking to your buddies, and they say, "Aw, he wants to take my gun away." You’ve heard it here; I’m on television, so everybody knows it. I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe in people’s lawful right to bear arms. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away. … There are some common-sense gun safety laws that I believe in. But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one. … It just ain’t true.

In the most liberal States even mental patients can buy repeating pistols and rifles. This latest lunatic, Paddock, (beware retired accountants - we are dangerous dudes) altered some of his 42 guns to be machine-guns. His kill total of 59 doesn’t reach the US daily total of 80 persons shot.  21 more Americans need to be killed that day to keep up the average. Oddly, household gun ownership has declined by 18%. There’s now only 300 million lethal weapons in private hands. Most are never fired. A gun is the most useless purchase made - even more useless than the cheese-fondue-set collecting dust in the back of your kitchen cupboard. So the gun industry has to create fear-broadcasts to maintain sales of guns and ammo.  Massacres are good for business. 

 With 300 million guns and an overkill capacity of 10 times the US population – any foreign invaders will think twice – and probably not invade. 80 gun-deaths a day may be a price the US thinks is worth paying as an insurance premium against invasion.

GUN FACTS:

5 percent: America's population relative to the world population.
50 percent: Amount of the guns on Earth owned by Americans, CNN reports.
Decreasing: The number of Americans who own guns. John Sides posts the graph at right, based on data from Gallup and the General Social Survey, showing the decline.
Increasing: The number of guns those American gun owners each have.
18 percentage points: Amount the share of households who own guns decreased from 1973 to 2010. Three decades ago, 50 percent of households owned guns, in 2010, just 32 percent do, according to University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center.

Beretta pistol - fires 19 rounds in 3 seconds. Why? 

"You have a true friend and champion in the White House. No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners," Trump said in his speech. "No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and your freedoms as Americans. Instead, we will work with you, by your side."

While Trump, as well as his fellow speakers at the NRA meeting, decried Obama for his stance on guns, sales of firearms over the past eight years surged, largely due to fears that Obama would implement tougher gun control laws. Crazed NRA zealots cite Chicago, with tough gun laws, as suffering as many gun deaths as elsewhere. They conveniently ignore that the guns come over the state border from Mike Pence's territory, Indiana - where mad people are allowed to buy and own guns. USA wide federal controls are required to limit these weapons of mass destruction. 

Are you sane? You are not entirely alone. "Respondents from both parties support more research into the causes of gun violence, the poll showed. Nearly 80 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of Republicans said they would support the next president, who takes office next January after the Nov. 8 election, pushing for more research.

Republicans are split on efforts to tighten gun control more broadly. Forty-four percent of those polled said the next president should work to tighten federal gun control laws, while 49 percent were opposed.
Sixty-three percent of Americans overall said they would like to see the next president push for stricter gun laws."    Megan Cassella, ReutersJan. 13, 2016, 6:10 AM

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