In response to the recent Newtown shootings, readers will have no doubt heard calls from all sides for stricter gun control in the US. It is at present laughably easy to access weaponry, even if you are of poor mental health. One might even say that in the US it is compulsory for all gun owners to have some sort of mental illness which makes them liable to commit atrocities such as we have seen, and which make them totally unsuitable for ownership of deadly weaponry.
After all, the US is a land of contradiction. A land dominated by free market thinking, with strict Protectionism, a land of public freedom, with public life entirely under the control of multinationals. And apparently a land where nutters have almost free access to weaponry.
Guns are designed to killl people.
That much is clear. There is no other use for a weapon than to cause pain, harm or death to another human or animal, and so why even feign their innocence?
If the death penalty is not given to thieves, then why allow a home owner to shoot at will when he sees a burglar? Is there not an obvious contradiction there? If the state does not repay the convict with death in that case then why allow vigilantes to do just that?
The recent shootings occured at 09.30 on Friday 14th December in the affluent Connecticut town of Newtown, with a population of 27,000, 60 miles north east of New York.
- The School teaches 700 pupils between 5 and 10 years of age.
Twenty year old Adam Lanza shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, four times in the head with a rifle. His mother-who we are told was a gun enthusiast and had quite a collection-was left lying in her pyjamas in bed, whilst her son stole much of her weaponry and drove 5 miles to the nearby Primary School of Sandy Hook, which he attended as a child. Although Nancy Lanza was a teacher there is no evidence that she is in any way connected to Sandy Hook.
- In 2009 she divorced his father, Peter.
- Adam was known to have a personality and development disorder.
- Adam Lanza was a socially awkward child, who worked hard but had few if any friends at school.
- It’s unclear whether Adam had Asperger’s Syndrome-a form of Autism.
At 9.30 in the morning, Adam shot his way into the school, killing the head master and the psycologist.
The police were notified via radio at 09.36.
During the shootings teachers told students to huddle into corners or hide in cupboards, and told them soothing stories. They even sang carols, trying desperately to drown out the terrible noise around them.
A Connecticut medical examiner named H. Wayne Carver said that the seven children he personally examined were shot between 3 and 11 times each, two of them at close range. He said: ”The bullets are designed in such a fasion that the energy is deposited in the tissue and so the bullet stays in.”
Police say that the shooting only spanned a few minutes, and the killing was contained to two rooms. Adam Lanza shot himself afterwards.
For the full police statement following the shootings, visit:
I apologise if the above recount of the horror those children witnessed seemed a little graphic, but it is necassary to look facts in the face if we wish to get to the root of the problem. In this case the problem is excessive public access to dangerous weaponry in the US.
Readers are reminded of the Columbine shootings, on 20th April 1999. Then an equally shocking school shooting prompted a national debate about gun control, in the same way it is now. Two senior students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot dead 12 students and 1 teacher, injuring 21 others.
They had been victims of bullying at Columbine High School for 4 years.
In fact the shootings prompted Michael Moore’s 2002 film, Bowling for Columbine, in which he examines gun control in the United States.
Most major issues are tackled well by Moore, I find.
In response, The NRA‘s ridiculous chief executive Wayne La Pierre, called for armed guards in schools. All but the most red necked of red necks would have found this at the very least to be highly questionable. Exposing our children-well, your children, I’m British-to more guns is not the way forward. This is clearly just a diversion from the real problem, excessive access to weaponry.
I, among others, appreciate the power of the gun lobby, and I certainly feel for Obama at this time. He has offered hints at action but none has been taken yet, and one can’t really blame him. This is a typical example of where liberalism can go to far. The freedom to own a dangerous weapon when you don’t really need one, the freedom to lobby and demand your way in the government, because you have the money and you have the right.
As long as big business has the ‘freedom’ to corrupt democracy we will all be at the whim of maniacs like La Pierre.
Courtesy of the BBC News Website: