There has been much criticism of the government for not issuing stricter gun control; in particular of President Trump scaling down gun control a year ago; he now blames “mental illness” for which he scaled down treatment programs too.
There has been much anger about the gun lobby and politicians who accept their money, not stopping the carnage and standing by idly.
Some say: The ability and right to carry weapons is enshrined in the USA Constitution (Second Amendment), but the Constitution is amended so many times.
There seems much confusion. How come an old rule that one has a right to carry weapons enables almost anyone to buy modern machine guns? What’s next – that everyone could buys tanks, helicopters and cruise missiles? These obviously are not defensive weapons.
What I feel lies at the root of this confusion is a lack of awareness why this issue does not move.
The answer starts with a C and it’s called: Corruption.
You would associate corruption with “primitive countries,” places where democracy is weak or absent. Forget it. It lies at the heart of the world’s largest democracy, the supposedly most modern society, the USA.
The gun lobby invests tens of millions of dollars each election year and buys itself political support year round. (These are of course negligible sums compared to a $ 54,000,000,000 yearly turnover.) And … it works.
That’s how they get away with murder. One could call it unashamed greed, but I think it makes it clearer when we call it: corruption.
And hypocrisy, of course.
Israel shows how a country can place weapons responsibly among it’s population, though I want to claim that thousands of years of adherence to “Do not murder” must help too. (There are Jewish murderers too, but they are the exceptions that confirm the rule.) (I’m referring to statistics, not to myths and blood libels by people who hate Jews and Zionism.)
I pray that US schools around the country will start taking turns bussing their students to Capitol Hill and to their governors for daily around the clock demonstrations and marches chanting “Shame on you” and “Safe from guns” until the President is forced to sign a change in the Constitution, no less.
Meanwhile there should also be a ban on machine guns and ‘bump stocks’ that make an AR-15 fire full-auto like a machine gun and collection of the more than 5 million assault weapons already in circulation.
Come on America, you can do it. Once, legal racism was as widespread in the US as now guns. That’s not discouraging – that’s simply the challenge. It takes longer if you don’t get started.
Make America Great Now.
PS: Stop blaming and tainting the good names of all “metal patients.” The main ones who have mental issues here are Members of Congress who sold away their soul to the gun lobby. Blaming and seeking improvements at the FBI and the police, that seemed to have goofed seriously, will not help and is not the crucial action the US needs and deserves.