I arose today to reports of yet one more mass shooting. Even bigger than the one in Orlando, there are 50 people dead and hundreds more in the hospital. This time, it was Las Vegas. The shooter had (at last report) at least ten automatic weapons. Maybe they will find more. Whatever. It won’t make any difference to anyone and nothing will change.
It wouldn’t have mattered what city it was in. It’s not that I have become numb to loss of life. It’s that I know no matter how horrendous the shooting has been … regardless of the piles of dead resulting from the shooting … no matter whether the shooter was demented or from some weird cult or just some “fed up” American or a potential terrorist … it will not make a bit of difference. America will continue to encourage everyone to have more and more guns because it’s big business.
The NRA will point out (again) that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and millions of brain-dead supporters will enthusiastically agree with them. Of course, it’s not true. Guns on their own don’t kill anyone, but a powerful, automatic weapon in the hands of someone intent on using it can kill a lot more people than the same individual who doesn’t have that powerful, automatic weapon. I don’t think it takes a prolonged education to work this one out, either. It’s pretty obvious. I’m sure every gun owner is well-aware of this basic truth. As are all those member of the NRA.
Guns are very big business. The manufacture and distribution of guns is huge money, much of which goes to support candidates all over the country. The support is not confined to “red” states, either. It is spread around and many people get at least a piece of the action. As long as gun manufacturers keep spreading the money around, there will never be sane laws to control the kinds of weapons that anyone — crazy, sane, or felonious — can own and use.
People are beginning to argue about whether or not Steven Paddock, the shooter, was in some way related to ISIS.
That’s not the point. He didn’t get his guns from ISIS. He bought them here, in the U.S. Legally. Good old American guns from good old American manufacturers. He didn’t have to import them or sneak them over the border. All he had to do was buy and use them. Which he did and now, at least fifty people who went to watch a concert are dead — with hundreds more in the hospital, so the final butcher bill isn’t in yet. Regardless of his affiliation or lack thereof, whether he turns out to be”just another nutcase” or a “Nazi or Klan killer,” or an “ISIS sympathizer,” it was our own laws that made it possible. Don’t get distracted by the rest of the nonsense.
We did it again. We’ve done it before and we’ll keep doing it because America is driven — these days — entirely by greed. Those gun makers like to keep the wheels and their congress people well-greased.
It isn’t that gun owners are against sensible laws to reduce the number of automatic weapons in the wrong hands. Every survey has shown quite the opposite. It’s their lawmakers who are against it because gun-makers pay the bills to keep these so-called legislators elected. If you want NRA money, you are against controlling guns. It’s that simple.
Guns don’t kill people, but people with guns definitely do kill people. Often, quite a lot of people — and the numbers keep rising. I wonder how many will need to die before someone says “You know, maybe we ought to really DO something about this?” And enough other people agree and we actually change the laws — nationally — to create a long-term solution which works. Because local laws will never get the job done as long as all you need to get your weapons is drive a few states over and buy them there.
Killers who have powerful automatic weapons kill more people. They will keep killing until our lawmakers do something to rein it in, as they have done everywhere else in reasonably modern countries.
But then again, those other countries also have health care. So go figure, right?