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The Big Lie About Gun Control in America

If you’re wondering why our great country can’t deal with the huge problem of people being shot by guns, you must start with power and money. Next, we’re not going to look back at fifty or one-hundred years, we will rewind to the decisions made 244 years ago. I’ll keep things simple.

Back then, ours was a young nation without an army. We broke away from the British, but we held a fear they would come back with a big army, conquer us and execute all the rebels who wanted freedom from the king. We needed a way to raise an army with guns and ammo at the drop of a hat. They were called militia, which is defined as a military force gathered from the civilian population during an emergency to supplement a regular army. Militias have been a part of the US since the beginning of our country.

Alexander Hamilton

The leaders of baby America were smart enough to not spend tons of money on an army that would just sit around and wait for a war to break out. On the other hand, they wanted every patriotic person to have a gun and be ready to protect the nation from Brits, Canadians, aggressive Indian Tribes and crazy anti-American anarchists. Over the years our militias have come in handy.

That is why the second amendment is written this way: “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.” Even though the spell checker wants to put a hyphen in “well-regulated,” this passage has never been changed or altered. If you are a regular reader of these pages you might remember that I suggested we add the word, “registered” after the word “bear and before the word “Arms,” but people tell me that will never happen.

Here is a real-life example of just how unregulated we are. This is from the ABC News website today, “On March 3, 2020, Brandon Hole’s mother went to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department seeking help after her son had purchased a shotgun with no bullets, according to new details in an incident report released Monday. The mother told police that her son became angry, struck her in the arm with a closed fist and told her to ‘shut up’ when she had asked what he was going to do with the gun. The mother said her son told her that he was going to point the unloaded gun at police officers so they would shoot him, saying, ‘This is not the life I want to live, I’ll end it my way…’”

Okay, so this guy named Brandon Hole should probably not be allowed to own a gun, right? After the incident with his mother, cops took the unloaded shotgun from the house and placed it in the police properties room. Close call, but wait, not so fast. Hole, who was 18 at the time, became anxious and told the officers, “Please just turn the power strip off on my computer … I don’t want anyone to see what’s on it.”  According to the police report, one of the officers went upstairs to seize the shotgun and observed what through his training and experience indicated was a white supremacy website open on Hole’s computer. So, we have a kid who wants to “commit suicide” at the hands of a cop and is probably dabbling in dark neo-Nazi bullshit. Surely there is no way he can get another gun. Boy, the so-called “red flag” laws really work well.

FedEx building April 15, 2021 Shooting

Police said the shooting lasted less than four minutes and was over by the time they arrived on the scene. Officers found eight people dead, four in the parking lot and four inside the facility But wait, there’s more. Police said two assault rifles which were recovered at the scene of the attack at the FedEx facility were legally purchased by Brandon Hole in July and September of 2020. Hole, 19, was found dead inside the building from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had worked at FedEx for three months last year.

Last March 2020, Brandon Hole may have been taken away from his house in handcuffs and a weapon confiscated, but he was not classified as mentally unfit to own a gun. How did this happen? Less than six months after he was evaluated, he was able to buy two assault weapons. Why?

What I am about to tell you is the big American lie about gun control. There is none. In the last 45 days there have been more than 45 mass shootings or attacks in this country, and the death count is crazy. Wikipedia has a fucking page titled “List of mass shootings in the United States in 2021.” According to them, “As of March 31, 2021, 126 mass shootings fit the Mass Shooting Tracker project criterion, leaving 148 people dead and 481 injured, for a total of 629 total victims, some including the shooter. Can anyone honestly say we have any sort of a “well-regulated” militia? We have no national gun owner database and no information connecting incidents. If a “red flag person” is not hauled into court before a judge, the details of whatever incident sparked police involvement becomes lost.

With gun show loopholes and shoddy enforcement of waiting periods, we have no reasonable regulations in place. One concern is a mentally unstable person who owns one or more guns. There’s no way to find such people or their guns and ammo. The FBI and CIA have robust databases, but they’re mostly for foreign terrorists and organized crime groups. Our current laws DO NOT PROTECT us from lunatics with guns and maybe they never will, but how about trying something. Between the NRA controlling massive numbers of votes in Congress and the lack of thoughtful procedures and policies of real gun and ammo control, we cannot get away from the flaw from the beginning.

We know who owns cars and who is registered to drive them. We make people wear seat belts and drive on the proper side of the road, but we do not know how many of those folks own guns. There is no way to trace guns, especially home-made “Ghost Guns” with no serial numbers. The liberals cry for gun legislation but they have no idea what to do or even where to begin. Until every gun is registered to an owner, senseless shootings will go on. Again, there is no gun control. It’s all just a big fat LIE. Bang! Bang! WAKE UP AMERICA!

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CAMO and AMMO

What Money Buys in America

A very funny writer named Lewis Grizzard wrote for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As a true southerner, he used to say, “First, we really don’t care how you did it in Chicago. Second, if you miss it so much, Delta is ready when you are.” So, when we hear someone from somewhere else try to tell us how things are, we Americans tend to get a bit riled. As a transplanted Yankee in the South, the late, great Lewis still makes me laugh.

We all know what is going on here. One of the most powerful lobbyists in America is the National Rifle Association. It’s strange that in America one can buy a “rifle” when they are young and not fully developed mentally, but they cannot buy a pistol. Yeah, see, the “Rifle” part in the N.R.A. is what we are protecting here. Because we need to have these long guns to protect the nation from a take-over by the deep state, a dark force some believe will soon be coming to take our guns away.

Now I have a writer friend from Great Britain, who claims to know everything about anything, and every once in awhile he proves it to me. After reading our post of 2-15-2018, THAT HOLLOW FEELING, AGAIN, he dashed off a note to me with some facts from across the pond:

“The United States has the highest number of guns per 100 inhabitants than ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH! 101 guns per one hundred persons. Compare that to the UK, which has 6.6 guns per one hundred persons.

Why compare it to the UK? Because, as you will learn, as things got worse with gun violence, their lawmakers redefined their laws. There might be a lesson here. 

As CNN wrote: “In the wake of the 1987 Hungerford massacre, in which one lone gunman killed 16 people, Britain introduced new legislation — the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 — making registration mandatory for owning shotguns and banning semi-automatic and pump-action weapons.

After the only school massacre that took place in the United Kingdom (16 children were killed in Dunblane, Scotland in 1996), they cracked down on guns – and banned handguns altogether. The Dunblane shooter fitted the same profile as Nikolas Cruz, the latest killer in Florida. But rather than blame mental health, our British allies tackled the issue head on.

Within a year and a half of the Dunblane massacre, UK lawmakers had passed a ban on the private ownership of all handguns in mainland Britain, giving the country some of the toughest anti-gun legislation in the world. After both shootings there were firearm amnesties across the UK, resulting in the surrender of thousands of firearms and rounds of ammunition.”

We thank our friend for his facts and figures, but this banning of weapons is exactly what the hard-core Camo and Ammo hunters in the US fear. When Obama was president, gun sales soared because of a rumor that the first African President was coming to take all the guns away. We must keep an open mind here. After all, things are getting worse not better. More facts from our friend:

“Britain has never had a “gun culture” like that of the United States, but there were about 200,000 legally-registered handguns in Britain before the ban, most owned by sports shooters. All small-bore pistols, including the .22 caliber, were included in the ban, along with rifles used by target shooters. Penalties for anyone found in possession of illegal firearms range from heavy fines to prison terms of up to ten years.

Did this draconian action have any impact? Well, here’s the sobering (and, to the NRA, very inconvenient) FACT: You are 45 times more likely to be killed by a gun in the US than in the UK. In the US, we have 10.55-gun deaths per 100,000 people per year, while in the UK only 0.23-gun deaths per 100,000 people per year.”

Now it’s easy to say that banning gun ownership will never work here, and you can go back to Cleveland, or Chicago or Scratchy Bottom, Dorset Maybe we should be looking at how other places handled this problem. We certainly are doing a lousy job of it.

We hear a dishonorable slogan after a shooting, “Now is not the time” as in, “now is not the time to talk about a problem until we get over the grief and sorrow of a terrible shooting.” Really? Must the emotion be drained from the moment, so we can collectively forget about it? Doesn’t the lack of action confirm a lack of care?

Or is it a simple fact that the politicians have been bought by the N.R.A. and nothing is exactly what they are supposed to do? Donald Trump doesn’t help the matter at all. He does three things that make matters worse:

  • He constantly pushes a notion of a deep-state that somehow makes it necessary to remain paranoid about defending democracy from some invisible tyrant.
  • He aligns himself with hate and promotes fear and negativity at every turn. Most of what he says tells us how bad things were or are and that he is there to fix it. He plays with the feeble minds ready to snap and fight back. However, these unstable people fight back by killing.
  • He promotes guns and, therefore, lethal force. By demanding that we have a large arsenal of weapons to protect our country, he glorifies the need to have guns. He equates weaponry with strength and those who feel weak in the system have been given permission to have weapons and ammo.

So, we must vote against the N.R.A. at the ballot box and change things for the better in America. Why are we letting guns get in the way of our safety and happiness? If Donald Trump and Congress fail to act on this issue, they are making America less safe. And one could argue, not honoring the oath of office they took. Throw the bums out!

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