Skip to comments.Analysis: Why gun controls are off the agenda in America
Posted on 07/23/2012 7:54:47 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot
What is it about Americans and guns? ...
"I can tell you that I don't think there's any other developed country in the world that has remotely the problem we have," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the shooting rampage in Colorado.
There are an estimated 270 million guns in the hands of civilians in the United States, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world per capita. Yemen, ..., comes in a distant second.
From Washington to the well-stocked shelves of Walmart stores nationwide, guns are regarded in the United States as a commonplace if controversial consumer item for millions of law-abiding hunters, collectors and citizens concerned about their safety. They are also in the hands of thousands of killers too; a Washington-based anti-gun lobby says those guns shoot more than 100,000 people a year. In 2010, there were more than 30,000 deaths caused by firearms when the number of homicides, suicides and accidental deaths are tallied.
CNN and Gallup surveys going back years suggest that Americans are split between those who approve of current gun-control laws and respondents who would like to see them made more restrictive. Americans who'd like no controls at all are a small minority.
America is not unique. Norwegians are marking the first anniversary of a shooting massacre that took the lives of 69 people at a summer camp outside of Oslo. Eight more people were that day killed by a bomb in the Norwegian capital itself. The confessed killer is awaiting the verdict of his trial.
But America seems to be the place the whole world thinks of when apparently ordinary people use guns for grotesque acts of violence. America stands alone in its historic and cultural attachment to guns. America stands armed.
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This is palpable nonsense. The Court simply reaffirmed that the constitution means what is says, nothing more. This writer is trying to make it seem like the Court was acting in an ‘activist’ manner when it confirmed the original intent of the words and confirmed the rights of the people.
It would be a step in the right direction.
Hollywood had nothing to do with this either. That movie made a billion dollars and was watched by tens of millions of Americans. Somehow non of the others went on shooting rampages. Guess what, I watched this movie three times, and own guns, somehow I never shot anyone.
Here is a revolutionary idea, lets hold everyone responsible for their own actions, and not blame guns, movies, and other innanimate objects. Censorship and gun grabbing are never the answer.
I read an article at F.R. only a week or two ago about a judge that ordered a battered woman to conceal carry and to carry the court order with her to show to any inquisitive LEOs. The same judge, it was noted, had done this previously, even buying the gun and ammo, out of his own pocket, when the woman couldn't afford it
We need more judges like that.
“Back in the time of the Revolution it was common for private individuals to own and use cannon that could fire anywhere from 32 to 42 pounds of lead at one shot.”
In the summer of 1775, Col. John Moultrie, commander of the First and Second South Carolina Regiments, rolled 31 nine and 12 pound cannons out of his barn and set them in defensive positions at Fort Johnson on Sullivan’s Island to repel the British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.
Looks like Hizzoner quit pouring through the statistics before discovering how many of that thirty-thousand were serious miscreants who were permanently stopped in the midst of the commission of some bad behavior.
At least, he kept the information to himself if he did come across it.
You never hear them complain about the Swiss. Now why is that?
Maybe (just my guess) you don’t hear any report of gun violence in Switzerland?
“It IS a BAD thing;millions of people obviously have no guns at all.”
Only one solution to that problem. Start an Adopt-A-Gun program! Don’t forget about the new Take-Your-Gun-To-Work program! Midnight-Range-Shooting will soon replace that failed collectivist Midnight-Basketball program.
Most of them were suicides.
A plurality of the rest were scum killing scum at no net loss to society.
The remainder is divided up between scum killing decent folks and decent folks killing scum.
Firearm accidents are vanishingly small part of that number.
Goals for pro-gunners to obtain in the next ten years
National Constitutional carry.
Common legal ownership of full-auto firearms just like Switzerland.
Yeah, that Freedom is a stubborn problem over here.
Oh, and does Mr. Bloomberg recall a little problem that occurred over in Norway a short while back, when, oh, 6 and a half times as many people were murdered?
What a dumbass bitch Bloomberg is.
I hope the left tries to make gun control an issue this November. If they do, they will get bitch slapped back into the Reconstruction era.
Disestablishment of the BATFE.
Thanks for the belly laugh.
There are cannons on George Washington’s lawn at Mount Vernon, as well! I can’t remember how many, but there are cannons facing the river!
“I can tell you that I don’t think there’s any other developed country in the world that has remotely the problem we have,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said after the shooting rampage in Colorado.”
It is a bad thing, because Commissar Bloomberg can’t have his subjects kowtow to his every whim. We have a limited government (though less so with each passing day) BECAUSE of those guns. The American Revolution didn’t start when England taxed their colonies too heavily; the war actually started when British troops were sent to seize an arsenal.
That fact should never be forgotten; without those weapons the colonists’ cause was lost.
Bloomberg’s utopia has plenty of shootings; it is an un-American toilet. He sought to lay the blame on states with easier access to guns; he can simply set up checkpoints at their toll booths into NYC to stop guns along with the large sugary drinks and trans-fats.
For one, CNN doesn't know what the "whole world" thinks.
Two, for CNN to say the "whole world" thinks that, even while aknowledging that gun-owning Americans oviously don't think that, makes the CNN writer a liar or at bst illogical.
Three, it doesn't matter what the "whole world" thinks, or even what "part of the world" thinks, because our rights do not come from "the world."
Four, "ordinary" people do not use guns for grotesque purposes. "Ordinary" people know their guns are for stopping people who intend to do "grotesque" things, or for stopping elitists who intend to do grotesque things to our rights.
Five : The reason this "world" they are talking about associates ordinary Americans with using guns for grotesque purposes is the media. It's the same world which ties itself in knots trying to avoid associating muslims with using guns, and bombs, and machetes, and whatever for grotesque purposes.
Six: How come the people who claim carrying an ID to prove you are eligible to vote is a terrible thing and a violation of human rights, are the same people who think every law abiding citizen who owns a gun should be fingerprinted, eye-scanned, microchipped, ear-tagged, papered, photographed, tracked, put on a reservation without access to talk radio, and forced to attend sensitivity training?
Almost all of them occur to African Americans ~ !
Which means we need a new gub'mnt program to redress the balance and enable African Americans to benefit from the safety and utility of NEW weapons, just like the white folk and Koreans ~ who you'd never catch without a new, working, still has the odor of packing grease firearm ~ with a supply of safe to handle, fresh off the boat, ammunition that fits the firearm!
Except, may I suggest a slight adjustment for #5? - Not only just the media, but also entertainment media (tv, movie, gaming, some music, etc.)
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