I don’t often rant…
… well not apart from “at” my children. They could tell you a thing or two about my ranting, that’s for sure.
But bloody hell! Too many (one is too many) mass shootings of children this year. Too much violence period.
But I tell ya what! Isn’t the gun lobby SO successful! They’re so successful they’ve got ordinary people in the US (and even outside of the US) defending some “right” to bear arms. Ordinary people! Saying that the bad people slip through the system, and they get the worst guns illegally, and and and…
There is no difference between these arguments and the foolishness of the deterrence of two enemies both having nuclear arms – mutually assured destruction – MAD – both sides know the other has WMDs so neither will use them.
(We won’t mention the thousands of nuclear tests in the South Pacific or the deserts east of California in particular.)
And then there’s “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.” But guns kill them one hell of a lot more easily. Lots of them. From a distance. No need to get up close and personal, or even see the decimation wreaked.
Get your shit together, people!
Here are some links today from The Atlantic Monthly, that add some numbers we know about for sure. (Never let some good facts stand in the way of a good lobby though eh.)
And this is an amazing article about Japan’s virtual elimination of shooting deaths, in large part by forbidding gun ownership: How Japan Has Eliminated Shooting Deaths