Another day, another mass shooting.
How can I say that when hundreds of people’s lives have been shattered by the ripples that will go on forever from this one event?
But that’s what America seems to be saying. Over and over again.
So sad, so tragic, let us pray.
Oh for goodness sake! Why aren’t you outraged? Why aren’t you marching on Washington in your millions, demanding this ridiculous bloodbath stop? You marched against the Vietnam War. Against racial inequality. Don’t these victims matter as much?
I guess it’s because you’re used to it. You’ve lived with guns all your lives. They’re so ingrained in your culture that life without them is completely beyond your comprehension. You are being brain-washed regularly with self-righteous rhetoric about ‘liberty’ and ‘freedom’ from organisations whose chief interests are power and money, and to hell with the ‘little’ lives lost along the way – the ‘collateral damage’. It’s in their interest that you believe the right to bear arms is somehow inalienable; that it somehow makes your culture superior; that you need guns to protect you from evil, your neighbours and the mentally ill. You seem resigned to powerlessness on this issue, and in the eyes of the rest of the world, this situation undermines your credibility: how can the world’s top nation be so helpless regarding its own citizens?
I’m sorry if you find that offensive, but as a fellow member of the human race – a parent, a sibling, a friend – I find it equally offensive that this goes on happening and nobody does anything about it. Furthermore as long as the US stands as the keeper of the world’s morals, deciding who else’s affairs they should become involved in, the world has a vested interest in US internal morality. There is no privilege without responsibility.
President Obama has again cited British and Australian gun laws as proof that gun control is possible and effective. The NRA has launched an attack on Australia’s gun laws in the latest edition of its gun-rights publication America’s First Freedom, cherry-picking half-truths to make its arguments and saying “The Australian people paid a massive price in liberty. Their reward? At best, an unexamined resolution that things were somehow better now,” and further, “Australia’s gun confiscation is indeed a lesson to America: It is a sign of what is to come if we hold our rights lightly.”
But here’s the bottom line. The price we paid – the ‘what is to come’ if Americans hold these rights lightly?
Australia has not had a gun massacre since 1996, when these laws came into effect.
The gun homicide rate in America is approximately 200 times that of Australia’s.
The majority of Australians don’t find our gun laws an infringement of our liberty. If we think about them at all, we’re just damned glad we have them.
Surely this puts into perspective the values of those fighting to ensure that nothing changes.