posted on Aug, 12 2003 @ 03:51 AM
Well this should get the USA element of the site all fired up about their right to bear arms and before you all start, I am NOT saying ban all
(October 2002) The largest terrorist organization in the world strikes again. While the entire country is focusing on the phantom sniper, thousands of
USA citizens are exercising their right to own a gun and, with that gun, they are doing exactly what the sniper is doing: killing innocents.
Americans, especially in the south and the Midwest, love guns. They have lots of them, and they normally shoot their neighbors, family members and
schoolmates with them. (How unusual: an American kid shoots classmates). Now they also shoot random people at gas stations and parking lots.
There are about 200 million guns in America (100 times the Iraqi army) and 20,000 people killed every year (500 times the number of American soldiers
killed in Afghanistan). Firearm deaths per 100,000 people (CDCP, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, 1998): 14.24 in the U.S., 4.31 in Canada, 0.7 in
Holland, and only 0.41 in England (where not even police carry guns). Which means that if you live in the U.S., you are 40 times more likely to die of
gunshots than if you live in Britain. Murders by handguns (1996): 15 in Japan, 30 in Britain, 211 in Germany, 9,390 in the United States. Which means
if you live in the U.S., you are 300 times more likely to be murdered than in you live in Britain. In 1999 Americans were certainly reassured that
"only" 6,000 workers were killed by colleagues in the workplace, a 10% drop from 1994's figure of 6,600, but still just about twice the number of
people killed in Kosovo by Milosevic. The scariest data are about the "other" thousands of deaths by handgun: they are suicides and accidents. In
the U.S. a child a day is killed by a handgun. All these numbers have been getting worse since Bush became president, thanks to his pro-guns attitude.
If you define "terrorist" as "causing terror in the public", the N.R.A., the organization which protects guns, can claim to be, de facto, the
deadliest terrorist organization in the world.
It is not even true that the right to bear guns is written in the Constitution: the Constitution talks about guns that were available at the end of
the 18th century, and was written before the US developed a true army. It makes no reference to "every future evolution of guns". Therefore, the
only guns that are constitutionally legal are the ones that were available two hundred years ago.
This is not only the effect of a pervasive "culture of guns", but also the effect of a pervasive "culture of cowardice". They shoot victims who
cannot defend themselves, victims who don't even know are being shot at. This is precisely the kind of shooter that the NRA (National Rifle
Association) represents. The vast majority of NRA members are hunters, people who shoot harmless animals for fun. It is no surprise that someone, or
their children, started shooting harmless humans.
The NRA has been spending billions of dollars trying to protect the rights of criminals to kill people and the rights to get away with it. The NRA has
opposed any law that would help police track down who owns the gun that killed. And George W Bush has lent his power to help the NRA succeed in
establishing the rights of criminals to kill. This is now such a widespread culture that dwarfs any act of terrorism carried out by Muslim extremists:
40 Americans a day are killed by shooters protected by the NRA. That's the equivalent of a World Trade Center attack every two months. Countless
Washington politicians are being bribed every week to kill legislation that would hurt the rights of criminals to kill. If this is not treason, what
is treason? These are politicians who are helping terrorists kill Americans. If an American Taliban was sentenced to 20 years in jail, what would be
an adequate punishment for these coward politicians who sell the lives of thousands of Americans?
The XM-15 used by the sniper is manufactured by Bushmaster Firearms in Maine. Bushmaster's motto is: "the best guns, by a long shot". Bushmaster
has made it clear that the XM-15 has been tamed in order to comply with a law passed in 1994 that limits what rifles can be sold to the public. That
law expires in 2004, and the NRA has bribed enough politicians to make sure it will not be renewed. Bushmaster has basically told sniper wannabes all
over America that, comes 2004, they will be producing a far more deadly gun. The owner of Bushmaster is Richard Dyke: he was the chief fundraiser for
George W Bush in Maine.
As we go about investigating "weapons of mass destruction", we shouldn't forget that 20,000 Americans are shot dead every year: isn't that a case
of "mass destruction"? Isn't the NRA as guilty as Saddam? Isn't George W Bush the number one traitor of the USA? If we are willing to bomb the
hell out of Afghanistan, why not the hell out of the NRA's headquarters? If we offer millions of dollars for the capture of Osama, why not offer
millions of dollars for the capture of the NRA leadership? If we ask countries around the world to round up friends of Osama, why not round up the
many friends of the NRA in Washington? It would save a lot of American lives.
As we fight world terrorism, we shouldn't forget that the largest terrorist organization in the world is based in the USA: the NRA. The NRA is
responsible for the deaths of many more Americans than Osama ever dreamed of killing. It even exerts a huge influence on the Washington government:
isn't that as scary as Iraq?