Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I Call B.S.

I call BS...
Gov Bevin, of Kentucky, has given interviews recently in the wake of the Parkland murders whereby he tries to shift the narrative away from guns and onto other societal causes (specifically video games!)for the plethora of multiple homicides by gunshots in the USA.


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.

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."

Thankfully, he's already facing a serious back-lash for his obtuse stance on guns in the wake of the Parkland murders.

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.

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