I'm thoroughly upset.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, go google "Las Vegas" right now and you'll be instantly updated. If you're reading this after October 2017, well, just click here I guess.
A man whom I will not name went on a shooting rampage from an elevated vantage point in Las Vegas, killing 59 people (so far, not including himself) and injuring about 500. I will repeat: HE KILLED 59 INNOCENT PEOPLE AND INJURED OVER 500 MORE. In an hour. With an arsenal of guns.
All of which were obtained legally.
In addition to the 23 guns found in his hotel room, police found 19 more firearms in his home along with several thousand rounds of ammunition. A terrorist, right? A maniac with a long history of mental illness, right? A career criminal who got all the guns illegally, right?
NO. He was a wealthy gambler who purchased these guns legally. All of them. He had no criminal background. He passed an FBI background check. And he was able to amass an arsenal and then kill several dozen people with it.
And predictably, infuriatingly, people are defending his right to do so.
As someone who deals with gun violence on a daily basis, I am sick to fucking death of people (looking at you, 'Muricans) shouting about their second amendment rights. Their right to defend themselves. Their right to own a gun.
Yes, you have the right to bear arms, just like others have the first amendment right to say "FUCK YOU" for it. But for those of you about to comment to that effect, that amendment you seem to idolise was written in 1791 when guns were fucking muskets and took 5 minutes to reload. Do you think your founding fathers would have been ok with semi-automatic rifles being converted into automatic rifles with legally purchased parts? Do you think they would have passed that law knowing what we have now, knowing that a rifle can be purchased online in less time than it takes to reload a musket?
And above all, do you really think that law can't be changed?
IT'S CALLED A FUCKING 'AMENDMENT'! OF COURSE IT CAN BE CHANGED!
And as for your right to protect yourself, give me a fucking break. Look at the actual statistics. For every "protection" gun death in the US, there are 34 gun-related homicides and 78 gun-related suicides. You don't even have to look it up, because I've done the work for you. Just click anywhere in this paragraph Those are FBI statistics. Read them. Understand them. Yes, guns protect people, but at a very high cost.
The second amendment was written so that the people could protect themselves against a tyrannical government. When was the last time the second amendment protected the people of the United States against the government? When? Any gun advocates care to answer that one?
FUCKING NEVER. (No, the Whiskey Rebellion doesn't fucking count. Not a single shot was fired, and the people were protesting a tax on alcohol that they didn't like. And even if it did count, that was also way back in 1791. Muskets, remember? And neither does the American Civil War, because the South was trying to fucking defend slavery. And they rightfully fucking lost. And if you'd like to bring up Cliven Bundy, just don't. He was wrong, and he also lost.)
I'm not even going to expound on gun violence in Australia, where over 650,000 guns were bought back by the government after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, and there have been a total of ZERO mass shootings since then. In contrast, in the US I can think of at least a dozen mass shootings in the past year alone (SO FAR), and a dozen more last year. Is the US the same as Australia? No. Do I think the same policy adopted in Australia would work in the US? YES I DO. And do I have evidence to back up this belief?
YES I FUCKING DO.
One final thing. I am sick to fucking death of everyone's "thoughts and prayers" for the victims. I'm tired of hearing about vigils. I've had it with moments of silence. I've never seen a thought or a prayer stop a mass murderer. Vigils don't mean jack shit. I've never heard of silence changing a law. It is WAY PAST TIME for American politicians be silent. It is time for them to stop the thoughts, ignore the prayers, give up the goddamned moments of silence, and GET UP AND DO SOMETHING.
Note: I realise that I will rile approximately 50% of the population with this, and I am absolutely 100% fine with that. I hate guns. Gun owners and fanatics are free to leave whatever comment you like. I understand that you can be rabid in your defence of guns and gun ownership. But understand that I will delete any comment I deem inappropriate.