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Newton And The Gun Laws – The Debate Rages On

Posted in America, Children, Government, Insanity, Justice, Modern World, Parenting, Primary Schools, Teen Violence, USA with tags , , , on 23/12/2012 by floroy1942

There has been a lot in the news about the Newton tragedy in The States and its ramifications on the gun debate, but now I find things have taken a weird turn. In the town of Harrold in Texas for instance, drastic measures have been taken to prevent gun crime in schools by arming teachers! Certain members of the teaching staff will carry concealed guns to protect pupils of the school from any repeat of the massacre that took place in Newton. The situation that caused many schools in The States to have metal detectors at the entrance has just got so much worse that now they have to arm teachers?

 Wayne LaPierre of the NRA

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) has just made a call for every school in the country to have an armed police officer on duty, and that is their answer to the many school massacres that have taken place over the last few years. As I write this I still cannot believe what I am hearing! For crying out loud, why not just give all the schoolchildren a gun and they can then defend themselves!!!!

Typical Gun Collection - Why is this necessary?

Typical Gun Collection – Why is this necessary?

Guns in the hands of people do no harm if they are mentally stable and responsible and you can argue that this covers the greater majority of gun owners in America, but what of the rest? It is no great task for someone with a grudge to get hold of a gun when the whole country is full of them. It is not difficult for anyone who is completely or temporarily ‘unhinged’ to get their hands on an assault rifle and go on the rampage. The past is full of atrocities committed when even people who have legal permission to carry a gun decide they want to kill a few people, and yet the NRA’s answer is even more guns!!!!

True - A Lot Of It!

True – A Lot Of It!

It is fair to say that the business of guns in the hands of private individuals, i.e. not the police or military, has proven to be a recipe for disaster in these times. True, the American people love their guns, and for sure any attempt by the government to ban people from owning one will be met by extreme resistance as one previous commenter has said, so you have a choice, either get rid of the guns out of society or continue to mourn the deaths of adults and children in massacre’s like Newton and all the others, for Newton will not be the last by a long way.

Compared to any other nation there is no contest, as can be verified by the fact that the USA is about the only country in the world where members of the general public can legally own a whole closet full of guns, ranging from machine guns and assault rifles to machine pistols and handguns.

Assault Weapons For Sale

Assault Weapons For Sale

It is interesting to note that the sale of guns, and assault rifles in particular have gone through the roof since the tragedy in Newton, in fact Walmart has sold its entire stock and is waiting for a new shipment. Its the same story all over the country. America’s fascination with guns means that some owners have their own arsenal of weapons and I can only guess the reason is its an American obsession based on its violent past. It makes me wonder why Congress doesn’t pass a Bill allowing people to buy anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles also.

But perhaps the people should remember the old saying, “Live by the gun – Die by the gun!” Ok so I  changed it around but the meaning is clear and relevant.

The only way for there to be a real and lasting peace in the United States without one atrocity following another, is to change the mentality of the people and help them learn there is life without a gun in your hand.

Politicians And The NRA

Politicians And The NRA

The government response to the crisis is probably going to be the re-enactment of the ban on assault rifles but in my view this is not going to prove very effective for there will still be millions of other guns on the streets and in homes. There can be little doubt that the NRA will not sit by quietly while the government tries to limit the number of guns in the country no matter how well intended. They will fight tooth and nail to be able to retain the law as it is and don’t care a fig for those that die needlessly, even when they are children as young as 5 or 6. In the current crisis the best they could come up with is an armed police officer in every school, as if that is going to make a difference: “The only way to stop gun crime is to have more guns!” What a load of tripe!!!!

Roy.

U.S. School Shootings – Time For Change

Posted in America, Children, Insanity, Modern World, Parenting, Primary Schools, Teen Violence, Teens, USA with tags , , , , on 16/12/2012 by floroy1942

The United States is the only country in the world where a citizen can legally own a machine gun or other rapid fire machine pistol or rifle as well as the usual small-arms, and now once again the country is counting the cost. The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ is enshrined in the American Constitution and many are loath to see it repealed. For this reason its not surprising that often, guns find their way into the hands of a ‘nut-case’ or ‘deeply disturbed’ individual who goes on a shooting rampage like this latest incident in Newton Connecticut.

Some of the Traumatized Survivors

Some of the Traumatized Survivors

What has sparked horror this time is that most of the victims were very young children who were at the beginning of life but will have no chance to pursue their dreams. Like everyone else, my heart goes out to grieving relatives, but condolences and grief will not solve the core of this problem in American society.

It will not come as a surprise to many that such incidents are a regular feature of American life. The most notable school shootings add up to a total of 125 incidents since 1800. In these attacks, some 325 innocent people, mostly school children and teenagers have been gunned down by someone who thought they had been wronged and taken to the gun as a way of retribution. Included in this figure are those who have decided to commit suicide in front of their classmates. 325 may not sound many to most people but whichever way you look at it, its an awful lot of lives cut short for insane reasons.

Guns continually find their way into the wrong hands, and in this case the mother has been described as a gun freak so its reasonable to assume there were guns in the house. If there is no proper lockable storage for weapons in the house it was a simple matter for the son to get his hands on one. Time and again there have been reports of even very young children playing with a gun and killing themselves, or someone else through an accidental discharge of the weapon.

Is This Your Child?

Is This Your Child?

Whatever side you are on in the gun debate, laws that allow just about anyone to carry a loaded gun must be at the heart of this controversial issue, and now this law will come under scrutiny once more after this latest disaster. Following each new shooting the same old arguments are put forward but nothing is ever done because the gun lobby is so strong. People in the USA have to learn that the days of the Wild West are long over, and guns in every home is not sustainable in a modern day society. It is not acceptable for children as young as five to be taught how to fire a pistol or rifle, and for ten and eleven year-olds to accompany father on a hunting trip and shoot animals.

I fully realize that the American nation was founded at the end of a gun barrel but there comes a time when a nation must look past its history, and even a document like the U.S. Constitution needs updating to reflect modern times. America has the highest amount of gun crime in the whole world, anywhere, and when you consider everyone has the right to own a gun its not surprising.

It is possible that this latest tragedy might cause a spark of remorse in Congress, and maybe some headway will be made in changing the Constitution to ban guns for all except police and the military like it is is most civilized countries, but to be honest, I doubt it. As usual the country and its people will wipe the tears from their collective eyes and it will be business as usual – until the next time!

Roy.

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