today, in the united states, democratic congressmen stood up for stricter gun control laws
republicans on the news are calling these actions, “attention-seeking,” a “distraction from the terrorism problem,” “selfish,” pointless, useless, stupid, etc
the united states currently has a republican-dominated congress in both the house and the senate
most of the polititicians the nra buys off are also republican
and this is what i don’t think people outside the US understand. that even when the people, and a good chunk of politicians, want change for stricter gun control, this is what we’re up against. this is why it doesn’t happen. because the majority of our congressman with the true power are bought off by the nra and/or literally think people fighting for gun control are selfish, attention-seeking, and stupid, literally think that gun control is pointless and that MORE PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF GUNS will actually somehow SOLVE america’s mass shooting problem
372 mass shooints in the united states in the past year.
998 since sandy hook -where an elementary school was shot up and literal children ages 10 and under were killed
and we can’t get stricter gun control because we have a house and senate dominated by republicans bought off by the nra who expend millions of dollars getting politicians on their side and republicans who go on national television to degrade anyone fighting for stricter gun laws as “selfish and attention-seeking”
this is why young people do not have faith in our country’s political system
The right to a gun defends the right to life idiot.
I assume this is a reference to my post here. Let’s talk numbers.
If guns really save lives, the United States would be the safest nation in the world, since we own an estimated 270 million firearms—approximately 90 guns for every 100 people (The Legal Community Against Violence).
Instead, this is the reality of the situation:
Every year, about 32,000 people in America are shot and killed. An additional 70,000 suffer non-fatal gunshot injuries. (The Brady Campaign)
Since 1968, more people have been killed by firearms on American soil than in all military conflicts beginning with the War of Independence in 1775. (Aeon Magazine)
In 2010, for every defensive use of a gun to kill an attacker, there were 36 other criminal homicides. (The Violence Policy Center)
In 1997, the rate of firearm deaths among children under 15 years old was about 12 times higher in the US than the combined rate for 25 other industrialized countries. (Aeon Magazine)
For every time a gun in the home is used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there are 4 unintentional shootings, 7 criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides. (US National Library of Medicine)
“The United States is tops – way tops – for gun deaths, with a 2010 rate of 3.2 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 population, according to statistics collected by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Chile was second at 2.2, and the rest of the countries fell below 1.”
“The U.S. [gun homicide] rate is more than 20 times the rate of Australia, France, the United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland), Israel, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Poland and Slovenia.”
“The United States has more firearms per capita, the most permissive gun control laws and a disproportionate amount of firearm-related deaths from homicides, suicides and accidents.”
(Note: these statistics exclude Mexico due to the drug war.)
“A study by two New York City cardiologists found that the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people - more than any of the other 27 developed countries they studied.”
Basically, everything I’ve said comes down to this:
America has the largest number of guns per capita of any developed country, yet these guns fail to save lives, and instead contribute to the highest rate of firearm-related deaths in the developed world.
Guns do not save lives.
Here are some more links to educate yourself with:
The rhetoric that credits guns with reducing violence draws largely on a 1995 analysis, which estimated that guns were used in self defense 2.2 to 2.5 million times a year. This articleanalyzes the many problems with this study and the logic surrounding it.
This graphic gives more detailed information on the rise in mass shootings in the past decade and a half. It also points out that most killings end before police are able to arrive at the scene.
one of my PA senators, Senator Casey, revealed he’s had a page of the Wall Street Journal that has photos and stories of the children killed at Sandy Hook on his desk for almost 4 years. since it was printed.
he’s also talked about Akyra Murray, the recent high school graduate and basketball player from Philadelphia, killed at just 18 years old, whose story many of you have helped me spread since she was identified.
this filibuster is immensely important and emotional and honestly right now I’m glad Casey is still there. that I helped send him there. his compassion and focus on what’s important is so refreshing
I might lose a few followers for this
But I’m really pissed about this whole gun control thing
I overheard someone arguing about it today and need to vent
So you might want to stop reading if this is a hot button topic for you.
I am pro gun. Not because I’m trigger happy (I have only gone shooting a handful of times) nor because I have the opinion that “MERICA SECOND AMENDMENT FUCK YEAH”. No, I’m pro gun for the same reason I’m pro choice. I think if we make guns harder to get all we will achieve is smarter criminals, just like making abortion illegal just eliminates the chance for safe abortions.
I know most politicians don’t want to outlaw guns altogether, but I’ve heard a lot of “let’s get rid of all the guns!” in day to day life from my fellow voters. That’s just insane! No, it’s not okay that almost anyone can buy a gun, but it’s not okay to tell me that I shouldn’t be allowed to own a weapon for self defense when the asshole trying to kill me can still get his hands on an automatic rifle. Even if you make them illegal or restricted you cannot eliminate the fact that IF SOMEONE WANTS A GUN THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO GET IT. there isn’t a simple answer to this, and there never will be.
now that Senator Casey has finished his question i just
what he said is so true and important. Guns are HUGELY important to PA culture. Hunting is a BIG deal here. before he died, my cousin Brian and his dad hunted every fall. because of this, many of PA democrats and supporters of common sense gun laws, including myself, of COURSE do not believe we should “take all the guns”. we want bans on weapons of war (which do not make good hunting weapons what the fuck how do people think that they RUIN THE MEAT what the FUCK), on high capacity magazines, universal background checks, more scrutiny on violent offenders and domestic abusers, COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS. we want to protect our law-abiding gun owners, but we NEED to protect ALL our citizens.
he focused on many individual victims of Sandy Hook and Orlando by NAME, including a local girl.
i’ve never been so proud to have voted for someone before. Thanks, Bob. Thank you.
Oooh while I’m being stalked by gun nuts I might as well draw attention that the entire UCF police force will be representing us at our anti guns on campus movement. The people most trained to hold guns aren’t being asked their opinion on a law that will essentially make campus more dangerous.
Also I love how people forget that tags are for organization and for TS.