The 2nd Amendment is no longer the right to bear arms. The 2nd Amendment has become the right to take lives. The 2nd Amendment is no longer aiding citizens. The 2nd Amendment is now abetting murderers.
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Over 50 dead and 200 injured in a mass shooting in Las Vegas, making this the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The assailant fired down from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and was shot and killed by police. I’ll update this throughout the day as I hear more. Absolutely horrific and heartbreaking.
2018 is pivotal. Absolutely pivotal. What Virginia Tech taught us, Aurora taught us, Sandy Hook taught us, what Pulse taught us, what Charleston taught us, what last night taught us is that Republicans don’t give a single fuck about keeping American people safe. I care that my son can go to his elementary school and come home alive. I care that he can enjoy a night with friends and come home alive. I care that he can go watch a movie, go to college, or go to his place of worship and come home alive. I care more about him than I care about my right to own a gun. How many slaughters are we going to watch from our living rooms before we vote for change? What is the threshold?
I am from the UK and I was going to say that I am lucky enough to live in a country that has strict gun laws, but that would be a lie.
It is not down to luck.
Almost 22 years ago on the 13th March 1996 a man killed 16 children, a teacher and injuring 15 others before committing suicide in Dunblane Primary School.
It was, and still is, the deadliest mass shooting in British history.
People were obviously outraged by the atrocity and by the next year it was illegal to own handguns (basically any gun not barrell loaded) unless they were of ‘historical importance’ i.e. made before 1919.
Owning a gun legally in the UK is hard. You must get a 5 year licence i.e. a background/capability check (yup it runs out), you must give a valid reason for needing a gun (i.e. the humane slaughter of animals/vermin); self defence is not a valid reason for owning a gun. You must be subjected to an inspection of your home where you have to show police where you are keeping the guns and ammunition, these must be kept in separate locked containers, and if you are needing to move the guns you must show that these containers can be moved whilst the guns are locked away.
Through all of this we have one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the word and last year only 26 people died in a gun related incidents (this includes air rifles and imitation guns), and most of these are from illegally obtained guns. It’s got to the point that if someone does die of a gunshot wound it is on the national news.
This being said we have a healthy National Rifle Association in the UK, but instead of demanding people be allowed to own weapons they teach marksmanship (traditional and modern) and promote shooting sports like clay pigeon shooting, which is very fun and we often have it at village fêtes.
The fact that gun control is still a debate in the US is astounding to me.
The fact that Sandy Hook was 5 years ago and there is still a debate on whether gun owners should be subjected to background checks is astounding to me.
The fact that someone can get an automatic or semi-automatic weapon and shoot hundreds of innocent people from the 32nd floor of a hotel is astounding to me.
The fact that each year we hear on the news that there has been the ‘deadliest mass shooting in American history’ is astounding to me.
How is this even a conversation?
Call your senators, your representatives at all layers of government, tell them you want stricter gun laws, tell them that this can’t keep happening.
The best thing you can do to honour the victims in Las Vegas is to make sure something like this can never happen again.