Gun control in America

Dec 19, 2012 | | 0 comments |

It seems America might finally be ready to talk about gun control, and all it took was 20 dead children. The problem now is the GOP and NRA rhetoric has already started. Already I've heard the tired old argument about how the German government took all the citizen's guns away before WW2. Yes, yes, and in that same period in history, America thought nothing of enslaving black people and treating women as second class citizens so suck it up and realise that times change. The second Amendment is an outdated notion; when it was introduced, the gun was largely the most powerful weapon in existence and the predominant form of transport was horseback. The Amendment was put in place to allow Americans relatively equal footing to defend themselves from their own government should it turn on them. Nowadays, if the government turned on its citizens, it has far more powerful weapons and methods of delivery. People are living in the past if they think they'd be able to defend their property and towns and cities from an advancing military using nothing but guns. Air superiority would be the way to eliminate the majority of resistence right off the bat. That or a daisycutter (MOAB). "Ah Yes", say the apologists, "but that's not working out so well for us in Afghanistan is it?". Correct, it's not. But that's because they've been at war for decades and everyone in the country is well-versed in guerilla warfare. Can you seriously imagine the average American trying to attack trained troops from behind the shoe display in Macy's? Who in your street knows how to improvise an explosive device that would destroy a car instead of themselves? Who in your street has ever shot and killed another human being? The truth is that people here don't have the stomach (nor the experience) for sudden attacks and ensuing guerilla warfare, and should the worst happen, the government could easily overrun most cities here in a matter of days if the military cooperated.
Locally, a graphic example of the inability of people to use their weapons properly came a few years ago during a shopping mall shooting. Of all the people in the mall who fled, eight of them had concealed carry permits and were armed at the time. Rather than do their civic duty and attempt to use their precious gun to actually defend themselves and stop the gunman from killing others, all eight of those people fled along with everyone else. It fell to a trained, armed, off-duty police officer to take the gunman down. The same story is true for most large-scale shootings in this country. Regular armed citizens who could have done something, always flee. Multiply that up from one shooter to a trained military and you can see where my argument is going. Until people accept that simple truth, and realise that the second Amendment is irrelevant, there will never be true gun control in America. If you want the real story, go and find the statistics on the number of Americans who's ever successfully defended themselves using their own gun versus the number of Americans who've successfully attacked someone else using a gun. (Hint: the ratio is in the ballpark of 100,000 to 1).
Those who are currently buying assault rifles and hoarding ammo are just demonstrating how little they understand of the world at large. For a super conservative and very religious nation, I have to ask : what are you going to do with all those guns? If famine or a large natural disaster hits, are Americans going to do what their religion espouses - share and help the needy? Or are they going to power up and obliterate their neighbours because someone came asking for help?