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Bad Men Need To Stop Getting Guns

160612132853-20-orlando-shooting-super-169Living in America is awesome. It’s a fantastic place: freedom of speech; wide open spaces; friendly people; good education & creative drive that echoes around the world. If America was a person they’d be a confident, fun, smart & energetic. America is great, whatever Trump says & I love it. But there is one big problem:

BAD PEOPLE KEEP SHOOTING LOTS OF FELLOW AMERICANS.

This has been known for sometime, but there seems to no stopping it. And guess what also:

IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO GIVE BIRTH TO HOMICIDAL ASSHOLES & RAISE THEM TO BE HOMICIDAL ADULT ASSHOLES.

The world has produced many: Anders Behring Breivik (Norway); Thomas Hamilton (Scotland); Martin Bryant (Australia). Mentally ill people who are determined to kill lots of people. And unfortunately they don’t wear clearly marked clothing so we know they are psychotic killers.

And another major fact:

MOST PEOPLE WHO COMMIT MASS SHOOTINGS / MURDER OTHERS EITHER GET WEAPONS ILLEGALLY OR SHOULD NOT HAVE THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Yes, responsible gun owners: homicidal nut jobs & violent gang members are ruining your sport / right to protection / constitutional rights. And it’s going to keep happening: Virginia Tech; San Bernardino & now Orlando. It didn’t even change things when Sandy Hook happened: 28 dead including 20 children shot by a mentally ill man who should not have had access to any weapons. 20 children murdered and nothing changes, then let’s face it, whose going to give a fuck about 50 gays right??

SORRY AMERICA: NOT GOOD ENOUGH. 

Something can be done and something should be done. I agree with the NRA that most gun murders are through the use of illegal weapons not by law abiding citizens. I wrote a much more unemotional piece last year: https://hankreardenuk.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/gun-control-why-it-isnt-working/ but today, I’m angry. I’m angry because some dick shot 50 people last night (June 12th) because he was a closet homosexual who couldn’t work out his daddy issues.

Anyway, the answer isn’t:

  1. More guns – although I do buy the argument that if we protect our airports & banks with guns, why not our schools. Also, you really don’t want to allow guns in nightclubs – I’ve seen plenty of bar brawls in my time, if guns were in the mix, I’d be dead from a stray bullet long ago.
  2. Banning Muslims from America – 1st amendment crossed right there. And it’s the extremists we want to stop coming in and they’re on no fly lists. This latest terrorist shooting and the last, were home grown, they’re already here.
  3. Making being Muslim illegal – again, 1st amendment and if you punish a whole religion, you’re sure as shit going to get more home grown extremists. And you won’t even know who they are if they’re smart, until you read their name in the news like Omar Mateen.
  4. Shutting down the internet to stop ISIS sending out their sick shit which seems to appeal so much to homicidal assholes. Terrorists can be born muslim, emigrate to the US from a muslim country or even convert and look as American as Brad Pitt. Samantha Lewthwaite was raised in the Home Counties of UK, yet went onto plan the  deaths of 400 people, all in the name of a religion that she converted to. The internet is free speech now and it’s global, so not going to happen.

So if we cannot stop homicidal maniacs being born we need to accept that:

(a) Homicidal maniacs are NOT LAW ABIDING: they are going to be prepared to break the law at some point (violence, robbery, being part of a gang. Guess what, that’s what criminal records are. We often know who these people are simply by the fact that they’re idiots and they go on from theft, to violence to murder.

(b) They are going to have some kind of MENTAL ILLNESS. That’s what doctor’s records are for. A paranoid schizophrenic, of which there are 100,000’s in the US, is not necessarily dangerous to other people, but they sure as hell should not have a semi automatic weapons.

(c) They have a large interest in Islamic extremism or a.n.other flavour of extremist (White Power, KKK etc.). These people are often known to the mighty CIA, NSA & FBI. They are all on no fly lists. The internet providers pass their details on.

All of the above people are BAD MEN THAT NEED TO STOP BEING ABLE TO GET GUNS. Because you can’t kill 50 people in a nightclub with a knife; you cannot kill 100’s in a music concert with a knife. So, how do you protect the constitution, allow responsible gun ownership, at the same time as stopping these bad people getting hold of guns. Simple & it’s big state I’m afraid:

MAKE OWNING A GUN LIKE OWNING A CAR.

See, it’s that simple. But does that mean that the President is going to be able to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY? Well no, because it’s not the law abiding people we give a damn about. It’s the criminals, the mentally ill and the extremists that are going to have their guns taken away. Not a 70 year old widow who has a handgun at home for protection or a 30 year old hunter. So here it is:

  1. MONTH ONE: A National Gun Database Is Put In Place: yes, your tyrannical government is going to have to know you have a gun, because the terrorist nut job muslim convert cannot get one, you lose this right. Sorry NRA, you need to not just deal with this, you need to propose it. You should design the fucking thing in fact as you’ve prevented any study on getting a solution.
  2. MONTH TWO: Every Gun Should Be Registered To An Owner. Every gun needs to be registered to one owner much like a vehicle. It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a gun store or from a friend, but there will be 10 months to register all of your weapons with the local authority. Going forward, when any gun is sold, ownership should be transferred to the new person within 4 weeks, much like a car. Not to do so will be a crime. If you have a mental illness, criminal record or on a watch list, you will need to surrender your weapon.
  3. YEAR TWO: at this point we can assume all of the responsible owners will have registered all of their weapons. That means if after this point, if you don’t have a valid registration matching your firearm, your weapon will be confiscated (but no jail at this time). Any time police stop a vehicle they will be allowed to check for weapons – no registration: confiscation. Gang areas like South Chicago are going to have the hell out of them searched for non-registered weapons. If you commit a crime / become mentally ill, you’ll need to surrender your weapon. Again, the bad guys have really fucked the fun up for everyone here.
  4. YEAR THREE: now if you have an unregistered gun, you’re going to jail. Any gun sold after this point that is used in a murder within one year of it being sold by an unregistered user, the gun shop that sold that weapon, will be liable for criminal charges. Straw buying is how most illegal weapons get on the streets.

In fact, this is easier than getting a car as I’m not proposing a licence to get the gun or retain it. I’m not proposing that every gun owner requires insurance. As a libertarian leaning individual rights advocate I realise what a hypocrite I’m being & I’m going to get ridiculed for writing these words by my libertarian community, but we need to face the fact: BAD PEOPLE WANT TO KILL AMERICANS. Please, can we try and stop them? One of my children or my friends have not been shot. But the extremists hate what we have: freedom to choose, freedom to be gay, freedom to have fun, democracy, burgers, beers, fast cars etc. etc. So they’re targets & I’d like for them to be free to live without fear of being who they are. And if the NRA say these proposals are unconstitutional and undemocratic, well LET’S HAVE A GUN CONTROL REFERENDUM. Let’s put it to the people to decide – direct democracy. I think the NRA should be very scared of that because it may result in a complete gun ban. Which again why the NRA need to be part of the solution & if they can’t they should lose.

That’s my ideas. Call me a liberal fag, call me a statist twat, whatever, but give me some better ideas: give the President some better ideas. Even if you hate the Government, it’s pretty hard to hate 20 kids shot dead because we had no ideas.

But let’s stop saying nothing can be done to stop bad people getting guns. The alternative of banning a whole religion, building a wall, deporting all muslims & stopping all muslims entering the county is so much easier right? Be really, giving up is not just fucking shit: it’s giving up. And that’s as un-American as you can get.

 

 

 

Gun Control & Why It Isn’t Working

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So as many of you who have read my previous pieces, I’m not too keen on government regulation. Mainly because it usually screws something up and there is some big corporate sponsoring the change. I’m also against that knee jerk reaction of “do something big government!” when something goes wrong (and something invariably does go wrong).

Yet even I admit there is a problem with guns in my home country. The statistics don’t lie – there are more gun deaths per head in this country per head than any other Western country. So OBAMA WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR GUNS!! Well, he has a point…

The point is, he’s not going to succeed, sorry liberal Americans and lefty Europeans. Gun control is not going to work. And why…?

Point 1. THERE ARE TOO MANY GUNS

There are lots of guns bought legally by responsible gun owners who use them to hunt as well as to protect themselves. They have the legal right to own these guns and they don’t like the democrats who would take these guns away from them. And if you look at the high gun ownership vs. how many shootings there are, the data tells you most owners are responsible. So, why do they need protection? Oh yes because:

Point 2: THERE ARE LOTS OF ILLEGAL GUNS

The gang members in Chicago are not queueing up to register themselves to buy handguns. No, they are buying them illegally on the street / via crooked gun dealers. And these people are generally bad guys, so if you’re a good guy, the logic goes, why shouldn’t you protect yourself from the bad guys? Why isn’t Obama going after the illegal weapons first? Now that makes real sense to me. It’s not the hunters in Dakota that are shooting their hunting rivals with legal guns, it’s gang members with illegal guns shooting each other. So why should the guy from Dakota be penalised? Take all the guns away right now and you’ll take away the legal guns. Which leaves the bad guys with the guns and the good guys defenceless. Not smart…

Point 3: PEOPLE WANT TO PROTECT THEMSELVES

The bad guys have guns right? So you want me as a good guy not to have a gun but he has one? No way! The San Bernardino shooting rocketed gun sales and visits to gun ranges. The press goes nuts about the radical islam threat and of mass shootings, so the best way to allay that fear is to get a gun. That is logical to many & logical to me. This does not seem the time to ask people for the guns back does it? I don’t want to be a victim and when something goes wrong, you don’t call a politician, you call someone with a gun…

Point 4: START ENFORCING YOUR CURRENT LAWS

Responsible gun owners will rightly point out there is lots of regulation on legal guns, but nobody is really going after the bad guys with the guns. I agree on that. If the bad guys had no guns, then many would not see the need to own guns for protection. Guns come from Mexico and even from Russia via the Canadian border. Start doing something about this please Mr President.

I could mention the constitution and the fact that lots of Republicans take donations from the pro-gun lobby, but everyone mentions that. This election, gun control will be part of the debate. So how about sensible people (not you Wayne LaPierre).

The Solution – It’s Boring & We All Have To Hug

So, is there light on the horizon if we want to stop the next Sandy Hook? I’m not saying the below is a holy grail and you can fly holes through them, but maybe:

  1. Start Listening To The Concerns Of The Pro-Gun Lobby – enforcing the current laws; give them the protection they are looking for (e.g. why protect railway stations and airports with guns, but not schools?)
  2. Stop Treating Pro-Gun Owners Like Idiots – I’ve interacted with many gun owners and if you talk to them with respect, they are often lovely people. Not “gun nuts” nor “rednecks”. They have a right to protect themselves and they are using their legal right to use it. So the liberals need to start bridging the gaps.
  3. Get Responsible Gun Owners To Be Part Of The Solution – maybe they agree that someone who is on a terrorism list / mentally ill shouldn’t have a gun. But the liberals won’t listen to them because they’re preaching. If it’s two sides (liberals against guns vs. GUN NUTS!) then it’s never going to work. People want to go hunting and people want to protect themselves. There are some people (criminals, the mentally ill, terrorists) that really should not have guns that both sides can agree on. Let’s work on that as a start point and see where we go.
  4. The Pro Gun supporters will have to change too – stop proposing more guns every time there is a shooting. They also have to look at the numbers and agree there are more murders in the US from guns & mass shootings than any other equivalent nation. Be part of the solution please. And stop calling everyone who disagrees with them as filthy appeasing PC liberals. Well some are but that’s not the point..
  5. Target Gun Dealers First – start going after the dealers who permit straw sales / corrupt dealers selling to the criminals. They are doing this and there has to be a solid effort to tackle it. They’re not coming from responsible gun owners.
  6. Tackle State Inconsistencies – each state has wildly different rules. So the criminals and dealers can go to the laxest state and bring back weapons with the tougher laws. New Yorks guns are coming from Virginia, not locally.
  7. Punish Irresponsible Gun Owners – lose your gun and didn’t report it? Allow your kid / toddler to have access to your gun? Carry a gun whilst drunk? Yeah, I’m looking at you. Responsible gun owners should come down on these people the hardest. Missing guns do end up in the wrong hands and they are used to kill innocent people. I discussed with an ex-Army lady from Texas on how she educated both her girls respect for guns at an early age & how to protect themselves. It’s those sort of people I’m more than happy to have guns and train others to use them. Not the woman who shot at shoplifters in a carpark or the woman who left a gun in the back seat so her sister was shot by her grandchild.

And you know, I’ve heard the argument that getting and owning a gun should be as boring and arduous as buying a car and learning to drive. You know what, as much as I hate further regulation, maybe it’s not sexy, but real solutions are often boring. But owning a gun like buying a car should be only for responsible people and MAY put off some nutter buying a gun and going to the local school.

I personally think that humans are irrational / emotional and frequently clash. When there are guns around, things get messy, so I’m not very Concealed Carry supporting, but that’s just me. I’m a realist and listening to the pro-gun people has given me real insight. We’re not enemies, we’re all just people who want to protect their families and freedoms. Often with a sensible mistrust of big government / politicians. A good idea can come from anywhere and a shit one from the smartest place.

I’d be very interested from pro-gun supporters of what they think on my ideas (politely please) as well as gun control supporters. I’m a reasonable guy. Usually.

So let’s all have a group hug and learn to love one another. Fuck you, you liberal piece of shit tree hugger, taste my Colt 45!

H

Some reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence_in_the_United_States

http://mic.com/articles/22802/gun-control-facts-existing-gun-laws-would-reduce-crime-but-these-are-not-enforced#.a7dXlSElN

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/guns/procon/guns.html

https://tracetheguns.org/#/states/MS/exports/