Sunday, June 12, 2016

The latest mass murder

Yes, the shooter was a radicalized Muslim. Yes, he had sworn allegiance to ISIS. And, yes, it is Ramadan. Some will blame ISIS and radical Islam for the mass murder in Orlando. Others will blame the climate of state sanctioned LGBTQ hatred in the South. We can debate whether to call the shooting an act of terrorism or a hate crime. There will be days of TV coverage. Our thoughts and prayers will go out to the friends and families of the victims. But in the end, when the TV and the prayers have run their course, it's not about Islamophobia vs homophobia. It's not about Christianity vs Islam. It's not about them vs us. It's about guns.

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  1. For the first time ever (that I have heard from here) the two opposing factions regarding the U.S. gun laws are in agreement. They do not want to see the right to bear arms forfeited, just the right to bear automatic assault weapons. There used to be a law in the U.S. which prohibited the sale of assault rifles to anyone other than the military, but it lapsed. The NRA has such a stranglehold over the Republicans that they are blocking its renewal. In the U.K. it is legal to own sporting, smooth-bore guns, but not rifled hand-guns, let alone assault weapons. The only thing that assault weapons are designed for is to kill human beings - the clue is in the name. Somebody needs to wrest the influence from the NRA - no private organisation should have a hold over the most 'powerful' President in the world.

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  2. Obviously we must ban assault rifles. I'm not sure that everyone is in agreement, though. The NRA's hold is not over the President but over the elected representatives who have accepted their money. In their statements about the shooting, these people are not calling for gun control of any kind. I am not optimistic.

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  3. The American Psycho is alive and well. This one was employed by security outfit g4s. Lock up your queers, lock up your kids, lock up your brains, and go pray. In Gun We Trust.

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  4. Well, that didn't cheer me up, Gwil!

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