Saturday, May 28, 2022

Here I go again

Conservatives in the US seem willing to go to the end of the earth to protect a blob of cells inside a woman that will go on to form a baby. Yes, well no. Yes, it's your body but apparently US society and the law has a say over what your body will do. Ipso facto, so do men who put it there.

Yet the US conservatives are quite willing to allow their gun culture to go on in the name of freedom. A culture where there is ready access to guns and some eighteen year old idiot can easily get some kind of machine gun and massacre school kids. 

Most countries don't allow citizens access to guns unless they are sporting shooters or need guns in their profession. Why is the US so different? I don't know. The solution...I am not sure but here is what I think.

Average citizens do not need guns. The guns of the US must be handed in to authorities where they will be crushed. There could be a financial incentive or compensation. Guns will only be available to strongly controlled gun clubs, law and security folk and farmers who need them. Add to that feral pest shooters. That's it! Da boys in the 'hood won't have guns, so you at home don't need protection from them by having guns in your home. The mentally unwell won't have ready access to guns. Guns will be removed from 99% of the population.

Real criminals will find a way to obtain guns and nothing can ever change that, but if guns are removed from general society, from those who might break into your house and from you who want to protect your house and yourself with a gun, the gun culture has gone. Yes, the essence is get rid of the gun culture. No normal person needs a gun and to have one would be illegal. This will require bipartisan support in the Federal Parliament to over ride state laws, and that what is needed President Joe. Republican politicians beholden to the gun lobby will protest and the process could start with a list of those to shame who support guns for all. Break them down by public naming them each time there is a mass shooting and what is their reason for not supporting the elimination of guns in society. 

As the Australian expression goes, "Tell 'em their dreamin'". It's not going to happen, is it?

PS I hardened myself as I first heard the news at seven in the morning. In a far away land where they are bit like us....But my eyes welled up today when I read the husband of one of the killed school teachers subsequently died from a heart attack after hearing the news. The pain goes for those in the past, for the families and friends of these victims and worse, those future victims. It is just so wrong and it must stop in what is judged one of the best and most desirable countries in the world.

21 comments:

  1. No arguments from me. And sadly you are dreaming. I will be very surprised if anything changes. And the wanton, wasted deaths will continue.

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  2. Every Mass Shooting Boggles My Mind - The Husband Totally Caught Me Off Guard - I Worked With A Gal That Was A Sophomore In High School At Columbine Here In Colorado And Her Post Traumatic Is Unreal - She Made Deep Eye Contact With Me One Day And Asked, " Why Did I Live?" And That Was Some 10 15 Years Later - Be Well Brother And Keep Being You - Sending Love Your Way

    Cheers

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  3. Ah follow the money Andrew. NRA and the gun manufactures make a fortune and I believe from stats there are 6 guns for every citizen in the USA there for the taking. I weep at the senselessness of it all.
    XO
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    1. I don't think there are THAT many, at least not civilian guns. According to Wikipedia (which cites the Congressional Research Service) there are about 120 guns for every 100 people. Still, way, WAY too many guns.

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  4. It's the high powered assault weapons I don't understand. No one other than the military (and that is questionable) needs those weapons. But they are lumped in with hand guns, hunting rifles and pea shooters. I feel so sorry for the majority as it appears it's the minority that hold the cards. I wonder if things would change if they were the target of mass shootings.

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    1. Absolutely true. There is no reason in the world why any civilian needs an AR-15 or other assault rifle.

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  5. I suppose it is not our business, what other nations do to their own citizens. As long as it doesn't damage us or the nations we love (Australia, New Zealand, UK etc). But I had an aunt and uncle in New York, and still have 3 first cousins. They were terrified of gun murders.

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  6. There's so much gun violence in the US. In Oregon alone there are murders all the time, most involve guns. No, nobody needs a gun, for gosh sakes. They get forgotten so quickly, then stolen. We're a very violent nation and yeah the conservatives are nuts to protect guns, not already born kids and protect fetuses over the freedom and well being of women.

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  7. As you say, 'it must stop'. The USA won't stop these guns of murder! So sad.

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  8. 99% of the population will lie about their gun ownership; as they do everywhere. In the UK they occasionally have a knife handing-in week, and a few are handed-in. One only has to return to the kitchen cutlery drawer, and there is another full supply. Amnesties don't work. Once those guns are there, they stay there.

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  9. Publicly naming and shaming and stating their reasons for supporting guns, after each massacre might actually do some good. Showing their faces beside their names too. Banning the NRA from politics might work, but too many politicians are paid off by NRA members and it appears money talks louder than children's lives.

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  10. Sadly and inexplicably I can see no change when 48 hours later the NRA are holding their annual conference without one iota of sympathy or respect for the bereaved families.

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  11. I am with you 100% on this Andrew. You may say I'm a dreamer but I am not the only one. Shut down all gun shops and gun sales in supermarkets. Muzzle the dumb right wingers like that monster known as Trump because they blithely twist the truth to such an extent that they actually promote guns straight after mass killings! It is outrageous!

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    1. They sell them in supermarkets??? (*o*)!!

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  12. Was it New Zealand that did a mandatory gun turn in after a school shooting?

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  13. I agree with you 100%

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  14. I would LOVE it if we could engineer legal changes and buyback programs to get all guns off the street. But as I'm sure you know, what you're proposing are "fighting words" to a lot of gun enthusiasts! (They would argue that illegal guns would remain, among other things.)

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  15. It's sad that these shootings happen again and again in the US. Sadder still that little kids were involved and that a young husband also died of a heart attack after the death of his wife. I see no end to that violence when they all think they should have the right to carry guns.

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  16. Well, we don't have a Federal Parliament exactly, but I know what you mean. Gun buyback efforts often exist on the local--as in city or county--level but not beyond that. I live in Ohio, and a new law that goes into effect in the middle of June will allow people to buy a gun without a permit, and without having to prove they even know how a gun works.

    Part of this is cultural. Lot of people see gun rights in the same way they see freedom of speech or religion. Some of it has to do with so many rural areas in between the big cities. Here in Ohio, it's basically Cleveland/Akron, Toledo, Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinatti with lots of farmland and woods in-between. Finally, blame the two-party system. The Republicans rely heavily on the gun owners' votes--and the anti-abortion vote, too.

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  17. The gun culture is very deeply entrenched in the USA. There would be a lot of pushback from that segment, although recent polls show that they are not a majority. I would hate to live in a place where guns were so widely owned and freely available. I don't even want to visit there.

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