21 December 2012

Newtown and gun control

It's been a week since the school shootings in the US that left 26 people dead at the hands of a lone gunman. Since then, Obama has called for the reintroduction of the assault weapons ban, allowed to lapse in 2004.

Guns in themselves do not kill people, but they make it easier - and the presence of a firearm in a tense situation can cause it escalate into a lethal one. The US has the highest gun ownership in the world - and the highest murder rate of any advanced country.

Yet the NRA wants more of them. Arming teachers or school staff will just provide more ammo for another gunman (and they nearly all are male), because he'll just shoot that person and take their weapons.

The National Rifle Assocation? More like the Not-in-Reality Association.

1 comment:

jams o donnell said...

You've summed up the NRA well there