No athleticism, just guns

Fifty-nine people have died so far, more than 500 have been injured and thousands have been condemned to grief and trauma for the rest of their lives. And what’s America going to do about it?


Oh no, hang on. There will be vigils and prayers, fund-me pages for the families of victims, blessings from the President. And a spike in gun sales, as the NRA urges people to arm themselves for their own safety and the protection of their loved ones.

This is such BULLSHIT!

Yes I am being outspoken, interfering and insulting. But why should I apologise for telling it how it is?

While the American government beats its chest and secures its borders to protect its citizens against the threat of Islamist terrorism, it refuses to take the smallest steps to protect those same citizens against the demonstrably clear and present danger posed by its own ugly and antiquated gun culture.

If that’s freedom, you can keep it.

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12 Responses to No athleticism, just guns

  1. Clive says:

    To a non-American it seems blindingly obvious that far fewer of them would die each year if they had tighter gun controls. Big business has always conspired to ensure that won’t happen. The second amendment was written in 1791, and it’s about time they updated it to keep up with the way the world has changed since then.

    • To an American it seems blindingly obvious. But guns are big bidness…

      • Clive says:

        That’s the problem, isn’t it. And seemingly too many people unwilling to give up their second amendment right. I’ve seen lots of stats over the past two days – they’re horrifying. More Americans killed by guns in America in the past 40 years than in all wars combined, ever. It need to change, but I fear it never will.

      • It’s selective reading of the 2nd amendment. There’s the bit about the “well regulated militia.” Alexis de Tocqueville was right about the future of Democracy in America; it would ultimately lead to tyranny by the majority and the majority is brainless and greedy.

      • Clive says:

        I’m no expert, but that seems to be how they justify it. Maybe I was naive, or just plain wrong, but I took a small crumb of comfort from one of the stats I read: apparently, whilst the ratio of guns to people there is 0.88:1 only 1 in 5 is a gun owner, down from 1 in 3 some years ago, and these are more likely to be over the age of 55. If that is right, maybe there is a little hope that things are changing. It will take a long time without legislation, though.

      • They do justify it by saying we need guns to protect ourselves, but we are NOT a well regulated militia. Most of the people who own guns are not going around shooting into crowds. But it only takes one, and that’s the point.

      • Clive says:

        Quite, but it seems to happen so frequently. I just hope it can be regulated, like here. The figures speak for themselves.

    • You wouldn’t need guns to protect yourselves if other people didn’t have guns either. I think this is one of the problems – guns are so firmly entrenched that Americans can’t even imagine a society where they’re the exception rather than the rule. Yes, ‘bad guys’ do get their hands on them, but they tend to shoot each other, not the rest of us.

  2. lwbut says:

    Apparently ‘your’ right to own and use a gun outweighs ‘my’ right not to be shot at with one – at least in America anyways. As martha rightly said – most don’t but it only takes one to ruin your whole day.


  3. lwbut says:

    Hi Helen,

    Am right with your thoughts on this one – i’ll be posting my own version (a HOPE-ful one!) tomorrow.


    • As I said in my response to your post, I’ve finally given up hope on this one.

      • lwbut says:

        In reality you are unlikely to have any possible affect on the outcome in the US so hoping probably would be of little value to anyone else and in this case yourself either!

        I just tried to give a positive spin on a disgustingly bad problem, which is: gun owners kill themselves more than they kill other people so it’s kind of karma in action. Now if i can just convince gun manufacturers to turn the barrel around so it points backwards i would be a happy man! 🙂


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