Time For A Change

US Gun Laws - Time For A ChangeAs the details of the latest shooting tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, USA start to sink in, it is surely time for all sane people to get behind President Obama’s heartfelt call for a change to the gun laws.

Those of us outside the United States find it difficult to understand the almost manic determination to protect the second amendment, allowing each US citizen to bear arms. A couple of hundred years ago, when settlers were faced by mountain lions and (understandably) angry native Indians, having a gun was arguably necessary.

That is no longer the case, and the short-sighted politics that allow this situation to continue, is also allowing these incidents of mass murder to continue too. Surely, apart from the arms and ammunition manufacturers, everyone would be far better off without this proliferation of weapons.

Please see sense. Please use the wisdom, courage and compassion necessary to make the changes to your constitution, before we are once again talking about dead innocents. Following the Hungerford shootings in the UK, our gun laws were tightened and although we cannot claim that we have cracked gun crime, the incidence of mass shootings is tiny compared to the US. Surely it really is time for a change.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gary
    Dec 15, 2012 @ 20:29:20

    This is not just an American problem though. Remember here in the UK the Dunblane school (1996) massacre, Hungerford (1987) and the Cumbria shootings (2010). Guns were involved in each one of the UK shootings as well. There’s a common denominator here GUNS!!!! In a civilised societies guns used for pleasure or because of an anachronistic 2nd amendment should be banned. For a start take it out of the Olympics and send a resounding message of ethical rectitude….

    Remember one persons freedom is potentially another’s suffering or gruesome death. I say stop the madness of guns and ban them now!!!!!!


  2. Anupadin
    Dec 16, 2012 @ 00:25:11

    Hi Gary, you make a good point, but it should be remembered that the shootings in Cumbria were years after the Conservative governments draconian change of UK guns laws after Hungerford.

    Prohibition is, and has never been a solution to anything, it only ever serves to enrich the criminals who supply the banned commodity.

    There needs to be a seed change of social attitude to weapons in general and Kosen-Rufu as a global goal, would go a long way to acheiving that.

    Namaste ~ Anupadin


  3. hasanbleibel
    Dec 17, 2012 @ 14:57:09

    Reblogged this on sharkouni.


  4. contextrelated
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 21:31:00

    Here’s a few thoughts about the subject http://contextrelated.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/1059/


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