I would like to talk seriously with you all for a few minutes.
This post is something that I feel I have to speak out about even though I know that my writing this will probably make absolutely no difference to the world but with recent events, I think I have to say something.
You will all know by now about the horrific School shooting that happened in Florida two days ago.
I can’t even begin to imagine what that was like to live through, nor can I even start to comprehend what the families of those killed in the school are going through. To lose a child or anyone in your life, to such a senseless atrocity as this boggles the mind.
I have been doing a lot of reading about this tragedy both in the news and peoples reaction to it on twitter.
I can’t fathom the mindset of someone who would do this.
Now on Twitter, there has been an outpouring of support to those affected by this incident, but there are those out there who are going on about gun control and saying that the USA having gun control would not have prevented this from happening.
Well, I’m here to tell you, THAT IS BULLSHIT.
This nutter was able to walk into the high school that he was expelled from with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, which was purchased legally, and murdered 17 people.
Let that sink in for a moment, this “person” was 19 years old, he walked into a shop in America and legally purchased a Military Style automatic weapon and go shoot up a school.
There is no other country in the world where you could do this.
Guns kill, people use guns to kill others, this rifle type of rifle had been designed for one reason and one reason only, to take the lives of others.
Restricting the availability of firearms in the US could have easily prevented this horrific incident.
At the time of writing this post, we are 46 days into 2018, and there have already been 19 mass-shootings in the US already.
In 1996 here in Scotland we had the worst mass-shooting in British history. This happened in Dunblane in a primary school where a man walked into the school with two 9mm Browning HP pistols and Two Smith & Wesson M19 .357 Magnum revolvers. He killed 16 children aged between 5 and 6 and their teacher before killing himself.
This happened 16 miles away from where I live and grew up. I vividly remember this happening, and it is one of those things that even though I wasn’t personally involved, I will never forget.
After this happened there was an enquiry and a public petition to restrict the sale and possession of handguns within the UK, this lead to the Cullen Report which then resulted in the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997. (below is an extract from Wikipedia describing the result of this.
The Cullen Reports, the result of the inquiry into the massacre, recommended that the government introduce tighter controls on handgun ownership and consider whether an outright ban on private ownership would be in the public interest in the alternative (though club ownership would be maintained). The report also recommended changes in school security and vetting of people working with children under 18. The Home Affairs Select Committee agreed with the need for restrictions on gun ownership but stated that a handgun ban was not appropriate.
A small group, known as the Gun Control Network, was founded in the aftermath of the shootings and was supported by some parents of the victims of the Dunblane and Hungerford shootings. Bereaved families and their friends also initiated a campaign to ban private gun ownership, named the Snowdrop Petition, which gained 705,000 signatures in support and was supported by some newspapers, including the Sunday Mail, a Scottish tabloid newspaper whose petition to ban handguns raised over 500,000 signatures.
In response to this public debate, the Conservative government of John Major introduced the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which banned all cartridge ammunition handguns with the exception of .22 calibre single-shot weapons in England, Scotland and Wales, but following the 1997 General Election, the Labour government of Tony Blair introduced the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997, banning the remaining .22 cartridge handguns as well. This left only muzzle-loading and historic handguns legal, as well as certain sporting handguns (e.g. “Long-Arms”) that fall outside the Home Office definition of a “handgun” because of their dimensions.
Since this was law was introduced there have been zero mass-shootings like that again within the UK.
The same happened in Australia, again in 1996, when a man shot up a café, and they then restricted and banned the ownership of guns, and again there have been zero mass-shootings since then.
So, when Trump comes on and refuses to even talk about gun control it angers me, and I’m not even American. He is happy to come on and blame “Mental problems” for the shooting, not the fact that the perpetrator was legally allowed to buy this weapon, and he was able to purchase this weapon because Trump repealed the law enacted by President Obama banning people with mental health issues from buying firearms.
When I was doing a little research about all of this, I came across an article on the Forbes website showing that Donald Trump was supported by the NRA (National Rifle Association) to the tune of $31 million. (below is a snippet of that article)
In the 2016 election, the NRA spent $11,438,118 to support Donald Trump—and another $19,756,346 to oppose Hillary Clinton. That’s over $31 million spent on one presidential race.
So, do you think he is ever going to do anything about gun control? Because I don’t.
When I was scrolling through Twitter, I kept coming across the same argument, and I’ll paraphrase here, “Gun ownership is a right in the US Constitution.”
This is under the Second Amendment to the US Bill of Rights, and the full text of it is:-
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
This was enacted in 1791 when there was no conception of automatic and semi-automatic rifles. The worst the had been muskets which, while being wildly inaccurate in aiming, but they took ages to reload. You couldn’t shoot hundreds of bullets in a minute.
There is also the first line to consider. “Well Regulated” what part of a 19-year-old, mentally unstable, being able to walk into a store and legally purchase a Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifle, sounds “Well Regulated”? Because to me, that is the furthest thing from being “Well Regulated”.
There are video interviews all over the internet and twitter from Children begging for Congress to do something about the proliferation guns in America.
When your government is more concerned with the protection of Weapons designed to kill people over the Lives of your Children, then there is something really wrong.
There may be some of you out there on the blogosphere in the US who are probably shouting at your screen right now at me and are already priming an angry reply to me in the comments, and frankly, I don’t care.
You can rant and rave at me all you want, you can tell me I’m wrong.
But think about this. I took this from the BBC website.
291 reported School Shootings since 2013. TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY-ONE.
Let that sink in and then tell me if you think that, that is worth the right for anyone to own a gun.
Because I sure as hell don’t.
There is one last argument that I keep coming across that I want to address.
“If you ban guns they will just find another way to kill people.”
Fucking let them try, let these murdering bastards try to kill dozens of people with a butter knife. Let these murderers find a more creative way of killing because I am sick of them having such an easy time of it.
Any rube should be able to figure that out. DON’T MAKE IT SO EASY FOR THEM.
Ok so I know this isn’t my usual type of post, but I couldn’t keep quiet on this topic anymore, and if this means I lose followers, I don’t care.
Thanks for reading this