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No. No. Now IS the time not just to talk about gun control, but to do something about it. [20121215|11:39]
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*WARNING: SWEARY.*

Maybe it's enhanced because I recently had my own child, but the shootings in Connecticut and the kibosh on gun control discussion imposed by the White House have made me so, so angry. Why does this keep happening? Because, as The Onion summarized neatly in its caption of a photo of a woman hugging a sobbing child, "Right To Own Handheld Device That Shoots Deadly Metal Pellets At High Speed Worth All Of This".

When are we going to sort this out, America? Civilians don't need to own handguns and assault rifles. They may want to, but they don't need them. If you need to hunt to survive (and very few people's survival depends on this any more), a shotgun and some decent target practice will suffice. You don't need an assault rifle.

Never have I been more pleased to have chosen to raise my child in a country where there is a ban on ownership of the types of weapons which are primarily used to kill other people rather than edible game. I'm not saying Britain doesn't have problems. Just that I'm glad my daughter will be able to go to fucking primary school largely without fearing she'll die in a massacre enabled because one of her teachers owns a goddamn assault rifle.

Kids in a primary school were massacred. Kids in a goddamn primary school were fucking massacred. This isn't bad enough for you, America? Really? REALLY? What the hell is, then?

This was written after the Aurora shooting. Which was in July of this year. The first bloody line of this piece is: "How many more tragedies need to happen before the United States joins the modern world in banning assault weapons?" How fucking short are our memories?

From the New Statesman. "In the US, the total of firearm homicides in 2011 was eleven thousand, one hundred and one, and this year is on track to be even higher. Look at it this way: if the Connecticut attack was the only shooting yesterday, then the day's death toll would actually be below the US average. More people die from firearm homicide every year than the total number of US military casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. More than twice as many people die from firearm homicide as in 11 September and Pearl Harbour combined. 31 people every day die on average from a firearm-related homicide. This doesn't count accidental deaths. Just murder." [emphasis mine]

The final word goes to The Onion.
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[User Picture]From: soliano
2012-12-15 12:24 (UTC)
You know how nutty and gerrymandered our legislative boundaries are. The nut bags are in charge of many of the states. They are holding on to a vision of America that was not true when it was created. Yet they live in their fantasy world. This rage will not be enough to overcome those obstacles. Plus, from what has been reported, the handguns were the ones used, not the assault weapon and those pistols were registered to his mother, whom he shot at home. It is the Wild West over here. I live in Florida with stand your ground and 1,000,000 concealed weapon permits. Whack central. Very scary.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2012-12-15 18:25 (UTC)
Yes. Yes, all this.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2012-12-15 21:33 (UTC)
In addition to taking a keen look at our firearms situation, this country also needs to look very closely at our health support systems which include mental health. There are so many people with guns, but not all of them snap and go on a shooting spree. I blame this on a combination of lack of proper (mental) health care and too easy access to guns. And if you want to put some frosting on that murder cake, let's look at the media and give them their fair share of the blame for glorifying this type of behaviour, whether they intend to or not. What happened to reporting news instead of chasing ratings?!
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[User Picture]From: soliano
2012-12-15 22:07 (UTC)
This too!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2012-12-16 15:48 (UTC)
^This.

Also, this: Never have I been more pleased to have chosen to raise my child in a country where there is a ban on ownership of the types of weapons which are primarily used to kill other people rather than edible game.

New Zealand isn't crime-free, but the majority of it is burglary and melee, at least. The Kiwis I've mentioned this too just can't even wrap their heads around it.
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