It’s the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming ‘Let me out’
Pray tomorrow gets me higher
Pressure on people people on streets….
Turned away from it all like a blind man
Sat on a fence but it don’t work
Keep coming up with love but it’s so slashed and torn
Why – why – why?
Love love love love love
Insanity laughs under pressure we’re breaking
Can’t we give ourselves one more chance
Why can’t we give love that one more chance
Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word….
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (People on streets) edge of the night
And loves (People on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Excerpt from Under Pressure by Queen with David Bowie
In the wake of yet another mass shooting in America and little in the way of serious action being taken by the United States Government, Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts attacked the National Rifle Association for its blatant role in Texas’ and other mass murders and its opposition to any meaningful gun control measures.
According to the Wall Street Journal, when the dust had lifted, AT LEAST 26 people were killed, while 20 others were seriously injured.
While past bogus arguments by Republicans about gun control have been longstanding and aimed at states with stricter firearm restrictions, this time these horrific events took place in a southern state obsessed with semi-automatic killing machines.
The truth of the matter is that America is a violent culture. Even the rhetoric in the US invokes violence – just ask the War on Drugs proponents.
If US troops aren’t being ordered and instructed to murder innocent civilians in a war-torn country or selling weapons to serial killing “allies” like Saudi Arabia, they’re killing themselves in mass shootings that seem (or do) take place nearly every month, if not more frequently.
For all of his mistakes and selling out the country to the same special interests that have bought presidents and other US politicians since November of 1963, former President Barack Obama seemed exasperated and helpless fighting for even the slightest gun restrictions. See the video below.
Despite my frequent criticisms of Obama, I believe his tears above were genuine, in this case with respect to the Sandy Hook Massacre. Say what you want about the former president’s caving on issues like health care when he had a clear Super-Majority in both houses of government, he at least seemed to give a damn about this issue, to no avail.
The NRA that had once supported “reasonable background checks” has now made an about-face, attacking anyone who dares to threaten the profits of their owners, the gun manufacturers.
They essentially, along with the banks and global corporations, run the US government and many governments around the world, preventing any progress on gun control.
Here’s the main spokesperson for the NRA, Wayne Lapierre, speaking in 1999 about the “reasonableness” of background checks:
Far right conservatives like to charge the media with a “liberal bias,” yet it is clear that this century has been marked by a dramatic and distinct shift to the Right of the political spectrum, a shift even Democrats have not been immune to.
in such a strikingly backward society pining for 1776 (you know, when blacks were 3/5 of a person and slavery was rampant), it should be a surprise to no one that once a gun is allowed into the country, it can be transported anywhere. The far Right attack proponents of gun control with the argument that many gun crimes in the past have occurred in places in America where guns are regulated.
But where did those guns come from? Many were purchased legally in states where Michael Moore can pick one up by merely opening a bank account.
Once someone gains access to a shitload of firearms for the purpose of causing harm to innocent people, various gun restrictions in different states and counties are rendered irrelevant.
If these horrific and violent and deadly events are to be purged or at least severely limited in American society, 2 things have to happen:
- American gun culture must change. The obsession with guns and the 2nd Amendment, part of a 200+ year old document that even the Founders, specifically America’s first president George Washington, wanted revised frequently, is one of the direct causes of these mass shootings. Without question, the Founding Fathers wanted a Living Constitution that would be revised as circumstances domestically and in the rest of the world changed. Yet no law in and of itself will change what is so deeply wrong about American society.
2. Any new gun legislation must be a NATIONAL STRATEGY. Gun laws at the state level have proven decidedly inadequate and largely irrelevant in curbing the horrific violence pervasive in America today. Like it or not, the federal government needs to play a significant role in both limiting the importation of guns and regulation of them once they are here – otherwise it’s all for naught.
But as long as the gun lobby and the NRA have a stranglehold on the United States Government, nothing will change. Politicians can make whatever irrelevant argument they want to avoid gun laws, but it’s not out of principle. Don’t believe me?
Check out opensecrets.org, a website that tracks the financiers of each US politician’s campaigns, and you’ll quickly see who these people are beholden to – and it’s never you.
Gun control will never happen in America until the gun lobby is dismantled, and that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.
Also see the graph below, courtesy of CNN. It should blow your mind.