Wednesday, 22 May 2013
America’s Gun Law And The Rest Of Us By Mike Onwukwe
Like a sick patient, someone needs to give American her medication because she is due for the next dose. Any time a frustrated US citizen wants to end his miserable life, he looks for people to go down with. A kindergarten or primary school full of innocent pupils comes handy. Or they go to shopping malls or coffee bars and any other populated place.
He goes to the school of his choice and mow down a good number of students dressed in immaculate and sparking uniform, thanks to archaic and age old American gun law that permits everyone including lunatics to bear arms. Once ready, such lunatic goes on killing spree not with a rifle that can load manually each time you fire. No! He goes there with automatic sophisticated rifle that reloads itself each time you pull the trigger. And these harbingers of fatal pellets come handy in the next arms shop or can be sourced online. The US is blinded by pride and self aggrandizement and worse still gun ownership is enshrined in the constitution.
He does not recoil in the quiet corner of his room and drink 15 tablets of Aspirin; he does not fasten a heavy stone or metal around his neck and plunge headlong into the river; he does not drink a crude concoction of cement or buffet himself with polonium 220 or sarin gas. No. He looks for a more bestial and dastard way of ending his life as well as others.
Firearms in many hands don’t and cannot save lives, the country and humans can. This is a war in other means. Let me warn. Civilized and peace loving people cannot justify this needles and mindless extermination of children and with the rate we are going kids will soon become endangered species in the US. Folks pay little attention to this and events like this be it in Columbine High school or elsewhere come for a dime a dozen.
Proponents argue that individuals need gun to protect themselves when police is not there. Simply put - Automatic and semi automatic rifles have no business in peoples’ homes. What do you need Bushmaster, Desert Eagle, Uzi, Magnum and M-16 for if you are not going for a kill mission? The defensive gun ownership has been grossly abused. The NRA – National Rifle Association has refused to acknowledge the reality. In US, gun running is a big business and people are ready to do anything to kill any bill that seeks to curtail it. This law has put rifles in the hands of highly dangerous and demented lost souls and they have turned to terrorize the defenseless. Guns that are supposed to be in the frontlines are now part of menu we see in private houses. Guns serve only a stew of bad and worse.
Gun violence killed all the good people I know. Martin Luther Jr, John F. Kennedy, Columbine High school students and recently the mass murder called Anders Brevik who killed 77 people in a resort in Oslo. Gun related death top all fatal accidents and other related homicide cases combined in the US.
We don’t live in a perfect society but we should limit the shrews and cretins with guns in the US. US has about 300 million guns far above the number of human beings. This means that some individuals have more than one rifle.
A good option would be to arm the teachers but my beef with this is that one day the teachers will turn the guns on the pupils because US is a dysfunctional society. Guns don’t kill people, people do!
Last Friday, in Newton Connecticut played out the worst massacre in the US history when one ancient ape and grave digger called Adam Lanza snuffed life out of 26 people for no reason. Only in the land of whining over sized babies can this happen. This tragedy should be the ticking point and it is clear that something is needed to be done. It is called National Tragedy.
Mike Onwukwe can be reached on email@example.com and sent this piece from Sudan