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EYE-BALL Opinion – American Gun Laws – will to change is just not there for Legislators –

December 17, 2012
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Title:
– American Gun Laws –
– will to change is just not there for Legislators –
| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 17th Dec 2012 |
Every body is reeling and has an opinion on the recent mass shooting in Connecticut USA.  Another 27 people died including 20 children aged from 5-10, and the teachers who tried to protect them. The shooter and his mother, one of the teachers, also died.

‘People kill people’, the gun does not point or pull the trigger all by itself – this oxymoron statement is the standard response that comes out after each one of these mass shootings.

There has been 41 USA mass killings – [i.e. 4 or more deaths constitutes as mass shooting] –  since 1997 when Australia introduced its gun buy-back legislation.   Before that date, there were 25 odd mass shootings in America.

In Australia there had been 13 mass shootings before the 1997 Howard introduced legislation culminating with the Port Arthur shooting of 35 people.  There has been no mass shootings in Australia since that Legislation was introduced.

This is evidence that legislation has had an influence in Australia in reducing gun related mass shootings.  In the time since 1997 there have been family massacres where guns were not used … how can you have mass murders by guns when guns are not used – again a oxymoron type debate.

If guns were readily available would there have been mass gun shootings – of course … so in part the legislation is seen to have worked because it took guns off the streets and made it harder to obtain gun licenses.

American gun laws revolve around the US Constitution and the 2nd Amendment – the Right to bear Arms.

That Law states: [Wikipedia source – linked here.]

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

In 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court issued two landmark decisions concerning the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In dicta, the Court listed many longstanding prohibitions and restrictions on firearms possession as being consistent with the Second Amendment. In McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U.S. 3025 (2010), the Court ruled that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government.

The Actual wording states:

U.S. Constitution – Amendment 2
Amendment 2 – Right to Bear Arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Notes for this amendment:
Proposed 9/25/1789
Ratified 12/15/1791

The ‘Bill of Rights’ (1689) and the ‘US Constitution’ are documents that most modern day society’s have adopted in part in the forming of their own Constitutions.  The defining reasoning in all those who have used the ‘Bill of Rights’ and ‘US Constitution’ – is they have removed the ‘right to bear arms’ clause and amendment.

Make no mistake, if America really wanted to rid their communities, the drug dealers, the gang-bangers, and the 200 million registered guns, assault weapons and the like, they would have done so.   The will is not there because to own a gun in America is a freedom of expression.  The crime rates dictate people want to protect themselves – you have a gun, I’ll buy a bigger or even two guns to fight back.

The Gun Lobby’s financial support to the Republican Senators who vote as a block on any move to amend the gun ownership laws have deep pockets, and the money made in the gun retail and wholesale business represents a massive chunk of American commerce.

Take tobacco as an example in this debate – Government’s worldwide have increased taxes on tobacco to astronomical levels to create a deterrent to stop people killing themselves. The medical expense for tobacco induced cancers reduce all the tobacco taxes collected to a negative sum – the rest of the community pays the shortfall.

Why not ban the product all together under the Drug Legislation because tobacco kills people – it’s a freedom and whilst the science in the last 40 odd years has connected cancer and tobacco – in all that time tobacco lobbyist’s have kept the tobacco industry alive despite the US$ billions paid out in compensation to dead and dying tobacco smokers.

If legislators really wanted to rid their communities of their guns – a first step would be to lift license fees, annual and initial, increase the cost of weapons via sales like taxes, make it so expensive to own a gun that people will hand them back if an incentive is involved – much the same as the strategy was for tobacco.  This has not been achieved with any effectiveness.

87 people die or are injured in gun related crime every day in America – that is day after day every day of the year … for a society to accept these numbers and go about their business as if unconcerned says much about where American values reside.  You then turn the American debate to abortion and the like and all of a sudden Americans are up in arms over civil liberties concerned with the ‘right to choose’.

The two debates, guns and abortions are opposites  – hence the conundrum that is the complex society America represents.  The gun ownership debate is as much about a freedom of choice as opposed to the death and destruction guns create.   The debate needs to be framed differently if it is to have any chance of success.

America is a brutal society – crime is rampant and even more so since the GFC impact – store ownership is an invitation to be robbed and so they take to defending themselves – with guns.  It is all an escalation equation based on a society where freedoms have turned the American morality and conscience to a level that threatens the very basic freedoms it was meant to protect.

Killing somebody is destroying all the freedoms and civil liberties that person was entitled to …  America is a society out of control and when the East looks to America and says ‘stay away’ … ‘we don’t want you infecting us with your lewd and morally depraved societal values’ – they are not wrong.

Porn, grotesque violence, suggestive video games, comic strips, music lyrics,  cult movies based on depraved psycho’s, all in the name of entertainment – for most it is just that – but for the twisted and confused mind it means a whole different thing and the message it gives provides the thought and mentally disturbed with options they carry out in real life.

Who committed the crime – the messenger delivering the concept, or the mentally disturbed person pulling the trigger?

I don’t have an answer – but while man fights wars with guns and the like – while he finds that killing people is acceptable, be it sanctioned via war, or law-abiding execution, or tolerance of drug dealers killing themselves and innocents caught in the cross-fire, man’s right to defend themselves will lead to revenge and like retribution killings.

It is as simple as it is complex – this kid who carried out these murders used his mothers guns who by all reports was an enthusiastic gun owner and user.   There is only the motive left to understand because access and opportunity was provided by third parties in a free and open society.

Could the mother have seen this coming – an unanswerable question … but when school grounds and classrooms become the battlegrounds where sicko’s target for whatever reason … there is something horribly wrong with our teachings and the societal examples being provided.

The parents of these children will never have another Christmas where they don’t have the sense of loss this tragedy has created.   In a week or so the media and people will have moved on and be thinking about their own Christmas and family – this is a hard issue for America and if Obama is to achieve anything in his second term of office – riding the streets and homes of assault type weapons would be a defining achievement.

 


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