31 mass shooting incidents in the U.S.A. this year alone - and we are only 46 days into 2018.
I am told 18 school children killed by guns at schools this year alone.
I know that it is really nothing to do with me as I am resident in the U.K. but this tweet / Facebook post from musician and activist Moby pretty much sums up what myself and many, many others around the globe think.
The fact that many people in the U.S.A. own many guns which do not get used to harm anything other than targets at ranges is not the issue, but this argument is precisely why changes to the gun laws in the States never happen.
I don't get it, and hate seeing even the Police carrying firearms. It sets me on edge rather than making me feel safer.
The Constitution Second Amendment states:
“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.”
That was ratified in 1791, when times were very different, before even most of the West had been won.
This came from a background of post-colonial occupation, Independence and the potential need to raise an army at short notice to defend their towns and loved ones from other invading forces.
Nowadays the US Army is one of the (if not THE) largest and best equipped forces on the planet.
Yes, people should be able to defend themselves and property, in remote locations where bears, wild cats and other dangerous creatures live, a rifle or gun is a sensible precaution.
But in urban areas, with adequate Police presence, why would anyone NEED an automatic weapon?
It makes NO SENSE.
This article and graphic from the British newspaper The Guardian is chilling :
The statistics speak for themselves but I am aware that stats can prove that Black is White and that 127 is actually only 17.
But the truth is that in the 10 years between 2007-2017 gun deaths accounted for 340,366 people.
Put this in perspective by imagining how you would feel if every single person in Anaheim, California was shot every 10 years (Anaheim's population is approx 346,000).
As I previously said, this is nothing to do with me as I live in the U.K., but as a human being it pains me every time.
My heart sinks as I think of the victims and their families.
When will the Leaders of the Free World learn that this cannot continue unabated ???