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Random Gun Violence Is Here To Stay. Forever.

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This morning, not far from the Empire State Building in Manhattan, news reports suggest a man let go by a store in the area about a year ago, came back, pulled a gun and shot the manager in the face, killing him.

Cue more worthy, concerned posts, tweets, and updates on how terrible this is, how we need new gun laws, how we need to do something to stop an out-of-control epidemic of gun violence that destroys so many lives. 
Not going to happen.
Because the out-of-control epidemic of random gun violence that destroys so many lives and makes a mockery out of this country is here to stay. Forever. 
There are around 270 million guns in America’s cars, closets, safes, sideboards, in America’s woodsheds, and under America’s mattresses. That’s nine guns for every ten people in this great country of ours. 
They are here to stay.
More and more guns are coming on stream every day. You can buy a gun for a few bucks. You can buy one at a gun show or a store with a simple background check. You can buy one from the back of someone’s car. They are freely available. 
And they are here to stay.
Many, probably most, people who own guns are stable, law abiding citizens. But by the law of averages alone that also means that many are not. Many people who own guns have genuine grievances, have mortgage or family problems, have lost their jobs. Many people who own guns feel helpless, in start contrast to the power that they hold in their hands when they go to the range. Guns are hypnotic. 
And they are here to stay. 
The NRA is absolutely right. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. And they use guns to do it. People usually don’t have to go far to find them.

There are no solutions to this sorry state of affairs. It is now a permanent fact of American life. Guns have always been part of our culture, but the metastasis of a historical fact into a national social disgrace arose out of greed, out of amorality, out of delusion, out of corruption, and out of the creeping exploitation of our one-way-traffic political process. It arose out of human weakness.

And it is here to stay.


Written by coolrebel

August 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

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