It seems that whenever there's a gun massacre in the USA, the first rallying point is not around the victims, but around the 2nd amendment. No matter
whom dies, no matter the age or sex or ethnic background of the victim/s, the 2nd amendment is always seen to be the most important potential victim.
The human cost of preserving the 'right to bear arms' is merely collateral damage. Truth is, America has not rid itself of its Wild West ethos.
These rampage killings are not about the 2nd amendment. The killers are neither protesting against, nor seeking to preserve the 2nd amendment, it has
no bearing whatsoever in their actions. The reason why America is the 'gun rampage' capital of the world, is because guns are so widely available,
both legally and illegally. Firearm manufacture is a massive business in the US, it is one of it's major boom industries, and for the manufacturers,
it is the profit, rather than the 2nd amendment that drives their industry. Fact: a gun is a tool for killing, having no other purpose but to cause
harm against another life form. Here's a list of rampage killing statistics from around the world, broken down into various sections of rampage
types...if there were gold medals to be had, America would sweep the lot.
In contrast, the UK, having a similar society to that of the US, but exercising very strict gun control, clocks in with just six appearances against
America's 43. The list only shows the first 15 entries for each rampage style, further links are provided to take one to more comprehensive
statistics. Also, the list includes the variety of method and weapon used...it's quite a sobering study. A question I would ask here is...why does
the UK have one of the lowest entry appearances whilst having the most defenceless population? Surely, one would expect the UK to appear more times
because it doesn't allow it's citizens to carry firearms openly or concealed in a public place, and its citizens are therefore a more easier victim?
The declaration that gun control works has to be taken seriously, that is if you are going to participate in the debate with a reasonable and honest
I would argue further that gun control, alone, is not sufficient enough to establish such a low gun crime threshold like that of the UK's. It takes a
citizen ethic, whose pathos displays a national consensus and understanding that guns-on-the-street bring a higher ponderance of firearm incidents. As
an Englishman walking down a street in one of America's big cities, I am more likely to encounter someone carrying a gun (excluding police and other
agencies), than an American walking down a street in any of the UK's big cities...it is a telling statistic.
Gun control does not (as the argument is perceived) leave a population defenceless, it actually defends it against firearm incidents. It takes away
the opportunity for a gun to be carried and used, and although it doesn't stop firearm incidents from occurring, it lowers their occurrence to such
an extent that the population goes about its business feeling confidently safe and sure about their person. Gun control works because the people see
its wisdom and prudence, without which, gun control would not work. The UK has had its own correllation to a 'right to bear arms' since 1688, but
that it is controlled for the common good, and the people look upon it as a very sensible and responsible social contract.
It has to be stated that the gun culture of America is driven by a social paranoia, and an over zealous need for self-empowerment. I do not doubt that
the carrying of a gun brings upon the carrier a sense of confident empowerment. I remember as a child laying in bed at night, in the dark, the
confidence brought to me as I clutched my toy gun...monsters would have a fight on their hands. Yes...it really is the same sense of empowerment.
Whatever 'monster' an American can rationalize as argument for the need to carry a gun, an honest and reasonable mind will perceive such rationale
as paranoia in a mind in servitude to fear. Fear is the crux of the debate, and until the American mind can rid itself of its paranoid fear, no
sensible or prudent discussion regarding American gun culture will ever take place.
Fear of government, fear of militias, fear of the burgular and the mugger, fear of different cultures, fear of different coloured people, fear of a
different ideology, fear of the large and the small, fear of the many and the few, fear of not having a gun to clutch in the night. Fear and
domination are the only reasons for the need of a gun. Not by any stretch of the imagination can America call itself the 'land of the free', while
it remains shackled to a fear of shadows...shadows that are the outlines of itself.