With the number of senseless shootings in the US in recent years, one cannot help but question the sanity of the American electorate. We cannot tar everyone with the same brush but there are still large numbers of American citizens opposed to gun law reform even in the face of such barbaric atrocities. What is the explanation for this? The entrenchment of party politics and a blind loyalty to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
It is inconceivable to think that people don’t understand the bigger picture. How has an entire nation become so entrenched and paranoid? Has this insular paranoid country been created by those who would most benefit from an armed society? There are an estimated 300 – 310 million firearms in the hands of American citizens. Since 2008 there has been an average of over 10 million new guns sold in the United States every year. Of these two thirds are manufactured in the United States by large gun manufacturers such as Sturm Ruger & Co. and Smith & Wesson. Profits from the sale of guns cannot justify the murder of thousands of innocent victims.
America needs to wake up; it’s akin to the Afghanistan government saying that it’s alright for people to mass produce opium from poppies because it’s profitable. It’s time to call a spade a shovel. The bottom line is that guns like heroin kill people. Unfortunately the Republican Party and the NRA are making it almost impossible to exact any change in gun control law in the United States.
In the wake of the Oregon shootings where nine people lost their lives, president Obama wearily called for some type of common sense: “Have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports,” he asked.
More than 10,000 Americans have been killed by gun crime every year since 2001. Since 911, 26 people have been killed in so called Jihadist Attacks on American soil. Then there is the question of what constitutes terrorism? Politicians are masters of using rhetoric to qualify certain types of murder. Somehow the shooting of 12 people dead in Aurora or 13 people at Columbine high School does not constitute an act of terror; just individuals taking advantage of a second amendment right. If these incidents were carried out by foreign terrorist groups acting on American soil, every measure possible would be taken to prevent such incidents from happening again.
Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin of Oregan once wrote to Vice President Joe Biden: “Gun control is NOT the answer to preventing heinous crimes like school shootings.”
Surely, if guns are harder to come by it helps to prevent shootings? Even among those who are meant to be protecting the peace, a morality has evolved that rationalises gun ownership in defence of the American way. There is a ludicrously blind belief in the right to bear arms based on a second amendment that was written in 1789. This belief or right is being reinforced by politicians to serve their own political agendas.
American political parties have a history of scaremongering to serve their own selfish ends. They invariably play on their citizens sense of patriotism to cause suspicion or hysteria. The McCarthyism of the 1950’s was no different; people suffered appalling witch hunts because they were “suspected” of being communists.
Many outside the United States have long since lost faith in American politics and American foreign policy for a myriad of different reasons. But its stance on gun control at home is making it the laughing stock of the rest of the world. No sane person can have respect for a country who protects an amendment that makes it easier for its citizens to massacre each other. Sadly it is the weak and vulnerable in society who always suffer the most. Sick teenagers killing other innocent children because the weapons to do so are made readily available by their government.
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