To those of us who live in Europe, it is a mystery to us that Americans insist on being a gun-slinging nation obsessed with firearms. Mass shootings in schools and shopping malls are now very commonplace there.
Any Tom, Dick or Harry can have a gun and get himself full of drink and drugs and leap around killing people. And they do.
Americans defend their right to do that under the bizarre “Right to Bear Arms” stuff that is in their Second Amendment.
The same Second Amendment that was written hundreds of years ago, for a different age, and has little relevance today. But they cling to it as might a child with a worn out toy.
To those of us outside looking in, the US does need to drag itself into the current century. It looks like after the Sandy Hook mass shooting, parts of the political machine are finally starting to wake up.
A new assault weapons ban could be introduced any day now in the United States and includes a new $200 TAX on each weapon you already own. Congress went back to work on January 22nd and here is an encouraging quote from Senator Dianne Feinstein about a new assault weapons ban:
“On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds.”
Of course the all powerful NRA (National Rifle Association) in America will do its best to quash any and all legislation on guns. They have a lot of cash, which in America buys political influence.
Eventually guns will be less commonplace in the US. It might not be in my lifetime, because it will take a monumental change in social attitudes, which takes time to engineer. But it will come.
The US is slowly going to be dragged [kicking and screaming] in line with the rest of the first world. It will be a long process.
Just think, in twenty or thirty years, they might be a civilised nation. One where blokes don’t go to the local 7-11 packing heat and the state doesn’t murder people willy nilly as in Death Row. Later, Guantanamo will vanish and unreported torture of foreign nationals will stop. They are taking baby steps right now……
Europeans should remember that the US is only a few hundred years old. Like we Brits were when the Romans were here a thousand or so years ago.
In a few years, the US might be a safe place to visit with family and kids because all the rednecks have had their guns taken away.
One day, maybe their policemen wont need to carry guns and can all wear pointy hats instead.