Guns

I awoke this morning to hear the NRA’s plans to make our schools safer. They want an armed guard at every school. 

My first thought was, “This is a joke, right?” Today is April Fool’s Day, isn’t it.

Yes, the Non-Educated Rednecks Association says the solution to gun violence is MORE GUNS. Stick an old retired cop at the doorstep of a school with a gun. That will scare the nut-cases away. Can’t the collective two brain cells they possess come up with more than that?

I was looking forward to a sensible statement on what they would consider as a solution to gun violence in this country. Instead, they went back to their old formula. More guns are better. More powerful guns are better. 

You’d better equip that old cop with an automatic weapon or he won’t have a chance against those crazies. You don’t think that if he expects to come up against armed resistance, he might carry more armaments? It is already spiraling out of control.

What does this teach our kids? Carry a bigger gun?

I lived in England the past 20 years. There are 6 firearms per 100 people (mostly shotguns and hunting rifles), and only 6% of their homicides are firearm related. (Only a small specially-trained proportion of their police carry guns.) In the US there are 88 firearms per 100 people, and 60% of homicides are firearm related. There are only 3 countries in the world with more firearm homicides than the US and they are all fighting internal drug wars. (Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico)

You do the math. More guns, more gun violence.

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