To quote Warren Zevon, “The Shit Has Hit the Fan”.
Another day in the US of A, my home from home, a place that I hold dear in my heart. Probably dearer than Turkey, which I call my second home…
I have a lot of homes.
So it would appear that there has been another mass shooting, this time in gay bar in Florida. This hits home for me somewhat, as the theatre group that I worked with had a lot of gay connections, and I often found myself down at the Stonewall club in Allentown, as they mixed their drinks stong, I knew the barmen, and it was a completely comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
Pop Trivia Question for ya… Do you know how many mass shootings there have been in the USA in the last 25 years? 372! A mass shooting is where 4 or more people have been injured or killed. 372!!! 475 people have died and nearly 2000 people have been injured. Since Columbine, there have been 9 shootings in the US where the death toll has been 12 or more. In these 9 events, 197 people have died and 230 injured. Let that sink in for a moment. That’s an average of 22 people killed per mass shooting and 26 people injured.
Now, this latest fucktard douchbag claims that he was IS, and (of course) IS are quick to claim responsibility because it makes them look bad (or good…. depending on your slant), but not every shooting in the USA is the result of some kind of religious extremist. Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Seung-Hui Cho, Adam Lanza, Jiverly Wong, George Hennard…. None of these people had ties to terrorism, IS, Al-Qaeda, etc. They were just complete maniacs with access to firearms.
Now, the right-wing will quote the Constitution (most of them only know the Right to Bear Arms and Refusal to give evidence due… 2nd and 5th I believe). Now, the exact wording of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Now, this (IMO) refers to the states having the right to have their own Militia, and for that militia to be armed. Was Omar Mateen a member of a state-sponsored Militia? Of course not. He was just a fucking homophobic murderer, who conveniently used IS as an excuse to justify mass murder, using weapons purchased completely legally. The right-wing are also quick to point out that “Guns don’t kill people…. people kill people.” And they are absolutely right. It sure has hell makes it a lot easier to kill people though. And where do you draw the line? I mean, why can’t I own a nuclear weapon. After all… nukes don’t kill people, the person who launches the nuke is actually responsible.
Now, of course the NRA and the right-wing don’t want gun control… It’s big business. The annual revenue made from firearms and ammunition manufacturing is $13.5. According to ATF figures, the number of pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and miscellaneous firearms manufactured: 4,441,726 pistols, 725,282 revolvers, 3,979,570 rifles, 1,203,072 shotguns, and 495,142 miscellaneous firearms. That’s 10,847, 792 weapons made in ONE YEAR. They estimate that the economical impact of the firearms industry in the US in 2013 is $42.9 Billion Dollars. When you’re talking those sorts of numbers, why should 200 odd people being shot matter? After all, not everyone who owns a gun is a crook.
Well, tell that to the parents who will never hold their children again…
Lawyers, Guns and Money