Don’t talk about guns after a massacre….
At the latest count, 59 people were shot dead by a solitary gunman holed up in a hotel room overlooking a concert with an arsenal at his disposal. The massacre took place in Las Vagas, in Nevada state, which has amongst the laxest gun control laws in the US. For example, there are no restrictions on how many guns an individual can own.
Despite shedding tears in front of the press, spokesperson for the White House, Huckabee-Sanders, stated that now is not the time to raise the fundamental questions about gun possession. Who could expect anything better from an administration that actively supports and is supported by the NRA, the outspoken proponents of the most liberalised possession of guns? Author Noami Klein with her usual straight talking puts it very clearly.
Author Noami Klein with her usual lucid straight talking puts it very clearly.
Don't talk about guns after a massacre. Or climate change after storms. Or austerity after firetrap buildings burn. Talk when no one listens
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) October 2, 2017
Trevor Noah on the Daily Show asks, “When is the right time?”
The call of the American Congres for prayer after the massacre in Las Vagas strikes as a sickening hypocrisy when you consider that they are currently pushing through a bill to remove restrictions on the sale of silencers and are going to put forward a bill to legalise the transport of weapons from one state to another, even when those weapons are restricted in the second state.
Seen from abroad this rabid attachment to guns, in which individuals proudly stockpile deadly weapons, despite the slaughter gun-possession leads to verges on collective madness. When are Americans going to have the courage to stand up and say “No!” to guns?
Democracy Now | After Las Vegas Massacre, Advocates Look to Australia’s Successful Fight to Curb Gun Violence Rebecca Peters talks about the radical step of Australia to counter the spread of gun-based violence.
The Guardian | Can the US break its cycle of gun control failure? (an in-depth report)