The United States and its gun culture

Mass shootings in America have become common place. It’s almost the norm in modern times, and it’s becoming more regular. One thing that really baffles me is when Americans say that guns aren’t the problem, and should matches be banned because of forest fires. This is an argument from ignorance, and arrogance because they don’t know a society any different. Just because it’s their right to bear arms doesn’t mean that they have to, but considering religion and guns are the first two amendments, I guess the two go hand in hand.

I live in the north of England, I’m 45 years old and never handled a gun in my life, and I’ve only ever seen them in England when armed police were patrolling a shopping centre after reports of an impending terrorist attacked that never materialised. I have to admit that it was a bit of a shock seeing two police officers walking along carrying an SA80 and a handgun strapped to their thigh, and they attracted plenty of attention.

Many countries around the world have guns, some you never hear about and others like Australia realised that guns were a major problem in society and the government decided to address the issue directly. Australia decided to have a gun amnesty in 1996 after several extremely high-profile massacres, in which people were encouraged to surrender their weapons, which involved over a million firearms being submitted. Now a person must have a genuine reason when they apply for a gun licence and it cannot be for ‘self defence’. Mass shooting instantly declined proving that the guns played a major part in homicide.

There are two factors that I can see that’s contributing to the problem in America regarding firearms.

1: The second amendment of the Bill of rights says ‘the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed’

2: The weapons industry in the U.S is big business, with extremely rich and powerful people behind it. In 2018 IBIS World said that the revenue from gun stores was $11,000,000,000, with gun and ammunition manufacturers accounting for a further $17,000,000,000, but the military and foreign arms sales is part of that.

RECOGNIZE GUNS FOR WHAT THEY ARE: TOOLS OF VIOLENCE.

The issue doesn’t just lie with guns though, and many people either ignore it, or don’t understand how severe the knock-on effect that guns have to American society. The more the public are armed, the more Police have to be enforced, and the more armed support they will need. Then there’s security, which is also a multi-billion dollar annual business, which includes home security, school and university security and security officers, and the estimate for homeland security is over $60,000,000,000 annually.

What do I know? some of you are thinking, you’re just a Brit and you don’t understand what’s going on in our great nation! You’re half correct, as I don’t understand the need for a gun culture, but I understand that the primary purpose of a firearm is to stop whatever you aim at.

The second amendment is over 200 years old, and was implemented at a time when America had not long since gone independent from Great Britain, and they were uncertain times. It’s now 2019, and America is advanced in many areas, it has the largest economy in the world, and people claim it’s the leader of the free world, yet people are walking into schools, bars, shopping malls and universities and executing people knowing that they’re either going to end up killing themselves, or some one will kill them to stop them.

So what’s the biggest problem surrounding American gun culture?

• Is it because many people believe it’s about patriotism, and it’s their God given right to protect themselves?

• Is it because people are simply making too much profit from the sales of firearms?

• Is it because gun owners see guns as an active solution to gun violence?

• Is it because many see a gun as a means of self defence, when the person they are wanting to defend themselves from has a gun?

The U.S by far has the highest rate of gun homicides among developed nations, and America makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but half of civilian registered weapons around the world. That is extremely worrying, considering statistics show that on average there’s a mass shooting everyday in the U.S.

I remember watching the Michael Moore documentary ‘Bowling for Columbine’ where he visited a bank in Michigan and a gift for opening a new account was a gun, and he’s even given a catalogue to choose one. In England you get cash back, or a Samsung Galaxy tablet, not a firearm!

Is there a link between God, white supremacy and guns?

America is a nation full of Jesus lovers who claim to be God’s children, yet many of them are armed to the teeth. If your faith in God is so strong, why do you need a safe full of firearms? Every time there’s a mass shooting in America there’s always finger pointing at Atheists, as because a Christian wouldn’t commit a mass shooting then the person mustn’t have God in their life. But if you look around Europe as an example, many of those countries aren’t overall religious, some have weapons, and despite mass shootings occurring, the numbers are nowhere near as high as America. Only in the U.S could you buy a Bible gun case, and there are many to choose from.

It seems to me that America is spilt in half. One that’s Trump supporting Republicans that are obsessed with God, pro-life and guns, and Liberal Democrats who are everything Republicans despise, who tend to be without God, and prejudice. If the second amendment was revoked there’d literally be a civil war started by God fearing, hillbillies who’ve had the threat of their guns being taken away.

Millie Weaver said this on Twitter last night.

‘We don’t have a gun problem, we have a lack of God problem.’

Graham Allen said this on Twitter last night.

‘We do NOT have a gun problem…

We have a societal problem…

We have a lack of Faith problem’

Is it me, or are these two turning a blind eye to the reality that the distinct lack of gun control in America is as much the problem, as the people pulling the triggers? Instead of debating whether a person is a Satanist, an Atheist, or religious, the issue should be addressed like adults and forget about whether or not lack of God is the problem, as it isn’t. You just have to look through history to see how much destruction, murder, genocide, conquest of lands, slavery and a myriad of other depravity that Christianity is responsible for. Yet, they don’t see this. It seems to me like their need to have access to weaponry is more important than the lives that are destroyed.

For once I agree with something President Trump said after the atrocities in El Paso and Dayton.

‘But this is also a mental illness problem’

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