I make no apology for returning to the recent mass killing in Florida. Surely there has been no better time for the American people to take a real stand against their archaic gun laws? This is an election year, and a unified public could organise sufficient outrage to demand that any potential president promises to finally take on the powerful gun lobby over there. The normally outspoken Gay Community has protested at the scene in the form of a vigil, but the response from almost everyone concerned is still the wrong response. Instead of lamenting attacks against any community or group, all the people in America should be asking how the attacker/s got the weapons in the first place.
They don’t ask this, because they already know the answer. They should be relentless in their outrage, but they are not. Because they still want to be able to buy guns.
This from Bernie Sanders, who is believed by some people to be a ‘Socialist.’
“I believe that in this country, we should not be selling automatic weapons which are designed to kill people,” Sanders said, according to an emailed statement from NBC. “We have got to do everything that we can on top of that to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them, criminals, people who are mentally ill.”
You don’t need automatic weapons to kill people, Mr Sanders. Single-shot weapons will do the same job, and just have to be reloaded, or carried in sufficient numbers. The shooter was not a criminal, and was almost certainly not mentally ill. He was a US citizen, and according to which report you believe, was either homophobic, or a radicalised Islamist. So how would you have prevented him being entitled to buy a gun?
And Hilary Clinton, the person most likely to become the next president.
“It’s essential that we stop terrorists from getting the tools they need to carry out the attacks, and that is especially true when it comes to assault weapons like those used in Orlando and San Bernardino,”
She fails to address the fact that everyone who is not a ‘terrorist’ will still be able to legally buy guns under her administration. I doubt that any gun buyer who is actually a terrorist will volunteer this information, so it will be interesting to know how she intends to carry out the promise in her statement.
What about Donald Trump? You could probably have guessed.
“When I am elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world when there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies, until we understand how to end these threats.” “We are importing Radical Islamic Terrorism into the West through a failed immigration system —and through an intelligence community held back by our president. Even our own FBI Director has admitted that we cannot effectively check the backgrounds of the people we are letting into America.”
He carefully avoids the fact that most mass killings in American history have been carried out by white men, born and raised in that country. Immigration control is not the answer. Banning the sale of guns to individuals is the only way to stop it.
If the good people of the USA sit back and wait for the next mass killing, or hear about it on the car radio as they drive to the shooting range, or gun shop, they only have themselves to blame.