Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Fire!

America does NOT have a gun culture.  I like guns.  I always have.  Like Adam Lanza, I started going to a gun club with my mum when I was about 11 years old.  Like the Lanzas, we used to shoot targets.  But at our club, the object was to fire five .22 sized holes into a target a little bigger than a US quarter, at 25 metres.  It seems to me that American 'target shooting' is all about using an anti-personnel weapon to fire large calibre rounds into the 'kill zone' of a target shaped like a person.  It's not quite the same.  Not at all.

You see, America does not actually have a gun culture - America has a weapons culture.  It has an obsession with anti-personnel weaponry.  This is why comparisons to other countries with similar gun ownership are meaningless.  After each massacre, the gun lobby argues that if only someone there had been armed then they could've shot the shooter.  But arming the populace does not bring safety.  America has horrific murder levels precisely because the populace is armed.

These weapons have no place except in law enforcement and the military. America does not need all this weaponry to guarantee the people's freedom - they are not free, this weaponry has imprisoned them in fear. The weaponry must go - it is not keeping anyone safe, it is killing their children.  Keep your guns if you like, but lose the anti-personnel weapons.

In 1996, Australia banned semi-automatics. In the 18 years before, there were 13 mass shootings. Since then, there have been none.  None at all for the last 16 years.  Can you imagine that, America?

10 comments:

  1. I like my guns, but I also do not think that we as citizens should have all weapons at our disposal. There really is no reason for me to carry a semi-automatic.

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  2. Guns will not go away regardless to what happens. We all think we are balanced, safe, responsible and such-like but if your mental state was to deteriorate tomorrow, we may all end up doing something regrettable or worse still, taking someone's life. How many upright citizens have lost their temper and used a gun? And how many without a gun can find one and do exactly the same thing? We shall never know what was on the mind of those that murdered and then killed themselves, but we ought to spend time looking at possible reasons why these things are happening in the first place. What is it that makes a person wake up in the morning, and go attack someone?

    I don't believe guns are hard to come by, be it legal or illegal, so we end up in the same position of men with guns so to speak. I might be wrong with all this, but we need to check out the root cause too.

    Take away the gun, and you have knifes, swords, sticks, hands, the list is endless if you have murder on your mind.

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