Quips, quotes, queries, qualms and quarrels regarding American politics, politicians, foreign policy and public accountability with particular attention to Drumpfen-putz Administration, the Drumpf Crime Family and the Mueller investigation.
During one informal interview I
watched, (sorry, still looking for the link) Gov. Bevin took an apocryphal
jaunt down a false memory lane relating happy stories about kids bringing
Christmas guns to school to show them off to friends. This is disingenuous twaddle at the very least and a red herring.
Moreover, he cites a false 'fact' that
Americans had more guns in some by-gone age. This, again, is ludicrous. According to the Congressional
Research Service, there are roughly twice as many guns per capita in the United
States as there were in 1968: more than 300 million guns in all. https://www.npr.org/2016/01/05/462017461/guns-in-america-by-the-numbers
Since 1972, there has been no
appreciable change in the number of households which have guns in America. However,
3% of Americans own the vast majority of guns. And the preponderance of those gun owners live
in Red States which went overwhelmingly for the Drumpfen-shite.
Gov. Bevin, who is endorsed by the NRA and has
spoken at the NRA-IRA Leadership Forum, is a yet another NRA-purchased moron;
ignoring the multitude of nations where access to guns is limited, highly
regulated and where there is a vastly smaller incident of mass-shootings and
murder. After the Las Vegas mass-shooting last year that left 58 people dead
and 851 injured, Bevin publicly shot down calls for gun control legislation,
saying: "You can't regulate evil." https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/02/16/violent_video_games_guns_florida/
There are plenty of statistics to
parse regarding gun ownership, types of weapons owned and their relationship
and relevance to gun deaths. Lots of cherry-picking is done by the NRA
spokes-people and self-styled 2nd Amendment fanatics who try to deflect away
from guns being the cause of gun-death(!) by citing deaths by other means; disease,
opioids, hammers, poisons, etc, (ad nauseum, ad absurdum). A prevalent one is
the brutal murders in China perpetrated by knife-wielding mad-men. Somehow, in
the minds of these cherry-pickers, the fact that people die of other causes
than gun-shot wounds removes the onus from the weapons themselves. They recite
the NRA talking-point; "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."
Legislation restricting availability
of semi-auto firearms is not a panacea. There is no 'magic bullet' to solving
this horrific situation but there are clear steps to be taken; other nations
have provided examples. The USA should follow those examples.