I lived and went to school for a while in Thousand Oaks in California. So the recent killing of 12 people in a club there, saddened me deeper than any of the other mass murders of recent years. I find it appalling that so many Americans still hide behind the shallow shield of the Second Amendment that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791, which makes it more than 200 years old. Folks, this was a time when owning slaves was an integral part of society (in the north and south) and keeping African Americans in indentured servitude was considered a birthright for the white race – of which only men had the right to vote in the fledgling country’s elections.
In my worldview, to still keep the Second Amendment on the Bill of Rights is just proof that the Constitution needs an overhaul.
And that there are so many tens of millions of Americans that in 2018 still believe it’s their protected right as citizens to own and carry firearms – based on a 200-year-old piece of paper, is just madness.
No other country in the world has as many firearm related deaths as the US does.
According to GunPolicy.org, in 2010 there were 3.78 guns per 100 people in the United Kingdom.
In the United States, there are approximately 101 guns per 100 people.
Roughly 50 to 60 people die from gun-related violence or accidents in England and Wales each year.
In 2016, 38,000 gun-related deaths were reported in the United States. An increase by 4000 from the previous year.
How can this not be related to the mass killings? How can you not see the connection? How is it possible that educated, smart people don’t get this? Mind-boggling stuff.
The image above is from a flight over the Öresund Bridge in a Diamond (turboprop aircraft)