AFTER MY LENGTHY AND SOMEWHAT MAUDLIN post of last week, I am back to normal I am happy to report and will be blogging today about something that is going on around me that is mostly controversial. As always this is my opinion and you are free to express yours. And what, you may ask, is this subject of controversy. Well, namely, gun control. And the opinion of a British subject who is also entitled to his opinion. Lets see how this goes, as I will write as I think. I hope. You have been warned.
So I have to beg the question. Why is there so much going on with gun control? And invariably the answer is, Columbine, or Sandy Hook, or somewhere in a Shopping Mall. Or something similar to that. And I have to answer in this manner. Any one with any feelings at all have to feel very bad for the children and families of those who lost their lives in the many school shootings, mall shootings, or movie theater shootings. They were senseless and totally unnecessary. And I totally agree with the sentiment. What I don't agree with is the uproar that always comes along after such an incident. And I will tell you why.
A number of years ago a man named Timothy McVeigh killed a lot of people in Oklahoma with a rental truck and a few barrels of fertilizer. On 9/11 a group of radical terrorists caused the death of thousands by hijacking and then crashing airliners into buildings. A few short years ago two brothers killed and maimed many people in Boston using pressure cookers rigged up with explosives. And currently a terrorist group is beheading people with swords. At least I assume they are using swords. They sure are not doing it using guns. Now, having said all that, I have not heard one outcry against rental trucks or barrels of fertilizer. While security measures have been enacted, there is no outcry against assault airplanes. And pressure cookers are still being used all across the nation, and I can assume other nations. And no outcry against banning them or putting an age limit on who can can buy one. And in the case of ISIS, no one has raised an outcry against swords. Nope, not one. What has been done, in every case, is to focus on the individual or the group and bring them to justice for the crime they committed.
So what makes guns different? People are still killed, many people, with objects that are not guns. And there is no hue and cry against these weapons of mass destruction. Yet, people will try to get guns outlawed. And then we have someone like Piers Morgan, a citizen of England, who comes across the pond and tries to get the American people to ban guns. Hey, Mr. Morgan, We the People won the right not to listen to England over 200 years ago. Don't come over here and take in our goodness, the fat of the land, as it were, and then try to tell us what to do. You want gun control, go back to England. OH! you already have gun control there. How's that working out for you. Must be OK, cause now you want to do the same thing here. Cause we are not controlled by Royalty. But elected officials who can and will be voted out of office if they try to take too many freedoms away from the people.
So, Mr. Morgan, we may, and do, have our problems. But we don't need you to visit yours on us, even if you do have the ear of the bloody national media. Just go on home and let us solve our own problems, our own way. Other wise we may have to put a tea stamp on you and toss you in the brink.
AND THAT'S THE VIEW FROM THE DITCH BANK