Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Is all gun violence created equal?

It's been a week since my last post and I've cooled down. Naaah. I'm as pissed as ever. The last week has been filled with lies, obfuscations and misrepresentations by our friends in the media with the highlights being David Gregory's violation of the District of Columbia's gun laws on national television and Piers Morgan's sniveling about a petition to have him deported back to Old Blighty.

Honestly though, I am tired of this crap. It really is quite simple. Americans have a right to keep and bear arms(period). Hell, there is a Supreme Court judgement that highlights and underlines this fact for the slow of wit. Even if none of this was true the fact is that gun control doesn't work. It doesn't work in Texas or Oklahoma, it doesn't work in California or New Jersey and it doesn't work in England, Germany or Australia. As the linked article states, no matter how draconian the gun control, most people do not comply. But this time will be different, yeah right.

But what I really want to talk about is the virulent hypocrisy of the gun banners. The truth is that they don't really have a problem with guns or guns violence. But Sam, you are saying, how can this be true? They write scads and scads of articles and blather for hours and hours about how they care more than ANYONE. Notice though the lack of comment when the gun violence involves governmental actions or when a gun crime is committed by someone who they consider a friend or ally.

According to this study governments murdered 262 million of their citizens in the 20th century. That number just staggers me. As a comparison the current population of the United States is approximately 315 million. So the number of living, breathing human beings equivalent to approximately 83 % of the current population of the United States were slaughtered by their governments during the course of the 20th century.

And many of these people were slaughtered with guns: government guns. Where is the wailing and gnashing about this from our friends in the media?

But Sam, I can hear you now, that's just too big to grasp. As Stalin said,  "One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic". OK, let's scale it down a bit. What about Fast and Furious. What, you tell me you haven't heard about the ATF program to buy guns and illegally transfer them to Mexico and then have other government apparatchiks talk up the big problem of guns being sent into Mexico from the United States and that is why we need gun control now! Yeah, I haven't heard much of anything about that either and I watch Piers Morgan and NBC News Every Night!

Anyway, I think you get my point. The media and gun banners(but I repeat myself) really don't care about gun violence. One would almost believe that they have an agenda or something. Funny how it always seems to align with that group that has the blood of 262 million people on their hands.


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