Apparently the adoptive guardians of Nik Cruz, the assailant of the recent school shooting in Florida, said they were totally unaware that their son’s friend was even capable of this. Click on the above link to read the full article.

And the fact that this kid owned an arsenal of assorted weapons wasn’t enough to raise any flags…? You see, I grew up in countries where ownership of guns is illegal for the common citizen. Nobody ever has a need of a gun. Guns are designed to kill or maim, that’s their only purpose. I eventually dropped my application to the military after 5 years of trying to get the job I wanted because I just didn’t want to be responsible for the loss of another’s life. If I’d taken the jobs I had been offered I would have ended up doing tours in three possible war zones, and it’s likely I wouldn’t have made it back alive, as so many personal didn’t. From my experience those who are fascinated and excited by weapons are always to be questioned, and as such the British Armed Services always flag those over-enthusiastic individuals and make them undergo a psyche evaluation before they even go into active service because they are a potential liability. Like I said, weapons are designed to inflict harm.
I’ve known those who’ve owned guns in the UK – under license and illegally, and hardly ever have their motives been innocent or devoid of the sense of power they seem to give their users. Even if it’s just a BB gun.

Despite whatever laws exist now in the U.S., the Second Amendment wasn’t written for the common citizen, it was written for the benefit of ‘The People’, i.e. the members of government to protect themselves against the so called ‘mob’, i.e. the rest of the unruly population. The humble U.S. citizen wasn’t even recognised or awarded any rights until the 14th Amendment was ratified almost a hundred years later. I call BS on anyone who refers to the Constitution in this argument, because I can guarantee you haven’t read it nor understood it.

Guns need to be banned otherwise more innocent children and adults are going to keep dying. And although I recognise that violence cannot be stopped by removing guns, it certainly decreases the victim count, and that really is something to think about. People cannot be expendable. Life is not a bloody movie.

19 thoughts on “When did owning guns become ok?

  1. What is obvious is that we in the U.S. have three problems. The first is the availability of guns, which you’ve addressed very well. Nothing is done about it, however, due solely to the influence of the NRA, who convinces their (uneducated) constituency that the Mean Libs are trying to steal all of their guns. As a result, there’s no licensing, no real restrictions in places like Florida. The second problem is that we have an entertainment culture (movies and video games) that touts gun violence as the end-all solution to resolving problems. The hero kills all of the bad guys and then life gets better, or at least ends. I am as guilty as contributing to this as anyone. What no one is prepared for is the backlash that happens when some dumb kid decides everyone else in the world is a bad guy to be vanquished.

    And that leads me to the third problem: we have a mental health issue. There are increasingly a number of mass killings wherein its not even clear why they happened. The cops have almost given up figuring out why the jackass in Las Vegas shot 500 or so people. No one will know why Nik Cruz killed people. Hell, I doubt the shooters even know. But mental health is no one’s issue or business. When alarms should go off, they do, and then people do nothing about it. A kid loses his parents, thinks the person he’s living with is stealing from him, but no one throws his guns away. He seems like the sort who should be bullied, but no one throws his guns away. There are two keys to the gun cabinet, not one, but no one checks and no one throws his guns away. And I’m willing to bet you that none of the guns not used as evidence will be thrown away.

    There are one-half million people living on the streets in the U.S., a meager 0.17% of the population, so no one notices except the tourists who interact with them. What no one seems to notice is that most of the ones who are truly on the streets, the 1900-or-so-thousand souls not in shelters are there because they have mental health issues or substance-abuse issues. No one notices and no one helps them, especially not me. We keep all of the damned guns, but we’ll certainly throw these people away. Perhaps if guns ever become as disposable as people, we’ll do something. Until then, we’ll just discard human life, but never thrown the damned guns away.

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    1. Maybe it’s less a question of when did owning guns become ok – although that was a rhetorical question on my part, but rather how is it that we’ve allowed life to become so expendable?

      De-sensitisation of violence and death as a result of entertainment genres is certainly a big contributor as you point out. But it can’t be the only factor involved. Perhaps we are only just beginning to wake up to the notion that at least all human life should be valued equally. Isn’t that what equal rights is supposed to advocate? Perhaps up until now, governments and cultures have perpetuated the myth that people’s lives really are worthless unless they fit into the correct box, and that we are still caught up in that reality, even if it isn’t overtly spoken about. As you say, we are all guilty of indulging it in one way or another, because it’s everywhere around us. Not one single thing can be the cause, but rather it’s the nature of our current culture as a conglomeration of events and beliefs that give people like this the motive and opportunity to enact their frustrations through such horrendous acts of violence. Well, because it’s normal, right?


  2. The US has a firearms (and using them) mentality going back to when they had to take the land from the savages that owned it, by force.
    Then endless wars since (fed by the beloved ‘draft’) ensured that lots of otherwise peaceable folks got the indoctrination they really needed (needed? Oh well …).
    The draft per se is ended but the endless artificial brouhaha and glorifying hype surrounding the mystique of thugs in suits with medals inflates the concept still.

    I still like the starting point slogan from the Hippy era: “What if … they gave a war and nobody came?”

    Which flies in the face of the ancient “You can’t make me love you, you can’t make me even like you—but by God, you CAN make me fight you!”

    So with a semi ‘common’ philosophical ancestry, why are the Brits, Australians, Kiwis and Yanks all so different?

    Sadly even if you made open-carrying of a gun compulsory for all individuals—you’d still get the “I thought she was going to shoot me so I shot her back first” …

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                    1. I only mention the DNA match because it was a family rumour for years that they were descents of Dabney Carr, Jefferson’s brother-in-law. Nobody took seriously of course until Bill actually found the DNA match to the Jefferson line, just because he wanted to prove it or disprove it.
                      I think he has mixed feelings though, as Jefferson owned slaves, so he may not share your enthusiasm. From the little I know of Jefferson however, he was a man ahead of his time.

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          1. Here’s the original passage, taken from a letter

            “I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” – Jefferson to H. Tompkinson (AKA Samuel Kercheval), July 12, 181610

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