everyone wants ta get into the act (with apologies to the great Durante)

Not surprisingly, most of the Brit press (that I’ve read so far) in editorials like the one below, urge America to do something about gun control.
As if it’s any of their freeking business.

I’ve also read comments about how uncivilized we (Americans) are, totally ignoring the heinous crimes that happen here on a daily basis.
Look up Baby P in Google if you want a good example of uncivilized. How soon they forget.

Well anyway, I think BMEWS should see this.


This was the lead editorial today in The Telegraph.  And it’s pretty mild stuff considering what issues from the left.

America’s gun culture will outlast this tragedy

The murder of 20 schoolchildren by Adam Lanza is a horrific reminder of the way in which the easy access to firearms in America can maximise one man’s potential for evil. Since 1982, there have been at least 62 mass shootings, and in the vast majority of cases the weapons were acquired legally. After the tragic events in Newtown, there is a growing sense that something has to change.

Sadly, there is a gulf between what is morally right and what is politically feasible. In the past, President Obama has stated that semi-automatic weapons of the variety used at Newtown belong in the hands of soldiers rather than citizens, and also that it should be much harder for people with a history of mental illness to own guns: many multiple person shootings are carried out by people suffering from paranoia or depression, who often show signs of illness prior to their actions.

Yet despite his promise of “meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this”, the president’s record of inaction reflects how reluctant American politicians are to act on such a contentious issue. Gun ownership is constitutionally protected, and a powerful lobby exists to protect that right. During the 2012 election cycle, the wealthy National Rifle Association outspent pro-gun-control groups by 10 to one. Given that President Obama is locked in tortuous budget negotiations with Congressional Republicans, it would be an act of almost reckless courage to spend what little political capital he has testing the militancy of gun owners.

Crucially, opposition to gun control is not limited to ideological lobbies. For many ordinary Americans, gun ownership is synonymous with self-reliance, and they inhabit a culture in which hunting has both mythic and popular appeal. Any effort to curtail significantly access to guns would not only face legal objections but also risk an ugly political war between town and country. Furthermore, the extraordinary saturation of American homes with weapons would limit the impact of any effort to reduce over-the-counter sales. Even if Adam Lanza had been banned from owning any guns on the grounds of mental health (some investigators have described him as suffering from a personality disorder) he could just as easily have taken them from his mother’s private collection. Indeed, a number of her weapons are reported to have been used in the massacre.

In short, whatever steps are taken in the wake of this tragedy, guns will remain a central part of America’s culture, as will gun violence. That may appear baffling to European eyes, but it is not something that can or will be quickly or easily changed.


Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 12/17/2012 at 04:59 PM   
  1. Moments ago, I heard AP radio news claim that a “Life Member” of the NRA is saying that “Maybe it’s time ban assault weapons"> I submit that the AP is lying, and this individual, if he exists, is also lying.  No Life Member of the NRA would make an idiotic statement like that becase they would know that NO ASSAULT WEAPON was involved in the CT. Shooting.  Amid the confusion and lies the MSM has put out it was mentioned that a semi auto .223 caliber M4 rifle was used.  The semi auto M4, as with all other semi auto rifles is NOT an ASSAULT WEAPON, and is perfectly legal ow puchase and own.  AP is lying and the rest of the MSM (maggot sucking media) will no doubt follow them.  Sorry for the rant, but this crap has to exposed.

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   12/17/2012  at  06:34 PM  
  2. to

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   12/17/2012  at  07:52 PM  
  3. Oh, and the picture at the link is funny, at least to any legitimate gun fancier: every rifle on the rack is either a sporterizer SKS or a sporterized Enfield, or unmodified infantry Moisin Nagants on the far rack ... which means that gun shop has nothing for sale but milsurp junk. OTOH, SKS rifles legal in UK???

    Posted by Drew458    United States   12/17/2012  at  09:54 PM  
  4. When Britain can support a civilized society of 316 million with as LITTLE gun violence as we have with no real Controls on everyday type guns THEN they can lecture us on the subject.Until then;FUCK OFF!

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/18/2012  at  04:29 AM  
  5. Chris Muir has a nice spin on the situation.


    Posted by Dr. Jeff    United States   12/18/2012  at  06:22 AM  
  6. I agree Grey John - the left is working overtime to silence the voice of real, Constitutional Americans - and that the entire media is part and parcel of this, is disgusting.

    Posted by wardmama4    United States   12/18/2012  at  02:12 PM  
  7. When Britain can support a civilized society of 316 million with as LITTLE gun violence as we have with no real Controls on everyday type guns THEN they can lecture us on the subject.Until then;FUCK OFF!

    Priceless Rich. As usual, well said.  You should see the crap I’m putting up with here. Not in person but in the press and radio. Some have asked me if my attitude had been changed by the killings.
    They seem shocked when the reply is no. 

    I don’t know if the killer here could have been stopped earlier or not. His mother was aware of a problem of some kind we are told. ??  Who knows.  But I believe the murder of 20 tots is going to color the issue very differently than it has in the past. And btw, here’s another question that’s been asked and it is NOT a new one.

    Why would anyone need an assault rifle to hunt Bambi?
    I’ve been asked that, and the question originated I think in USA some yrs ago but is still in use. Even here. 
    I don’t have any answer for that but believe it’s one of those when did you stop beating your wife questions.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   12/19/2012  at  11:12 AM  
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