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Tragedy in Arizona

Another shooting.  More people dead and maimed and emotionally traumatized.  And for what?  Yes, the Constitution says we should all be allowed to own guns.  It also says, in its original form, that slavery is legal and that those held as chattel under the plantation system should only be counted as three-fifths of a person.  The Founding Fathers didn't always get it right.

And for the record, Arizona has just about the most permissive gun laws in the country.  So much for the idea that if everyone is allowed to carry a concealed weapon, if a potential shooter thinks that the people around him might be packing heat, he'll be less likely to resort to violence.  That's another fallacy brought to us by the NRA. 

Six people are dead, including a Federal judge and a nine year-old girl.  Another dozen are wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  How many more acts of random gun violence will it take to convince people that saturating our society with firearms doesn't make us safer?

I'm not one for the little mood emoticons, but today I'm sad.  And I'm angry.

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tigereagl2
Jan. 9th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
How do you respond to the statistic that gun violence rises directly correlated with gun restriction? In Australia, they banned guns and then saw a 700% increase in gun violence.
davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
I lived in Australia for a year and so am very familiar with Australian politics and society. That's a terribly misleading statistic. Gun violence is so low in Australia that "a 700% increase in gun violence" means that there were 21 incidents nationwide instead of three. In other words, it's a statistical blip. There is almost no gun violence in the developed nations that have strict gun control. Both in rate and in absolute numbers, the U.S. is the gun violence capital of the world. And I assure you that all the people I know in Australia fully support their government's efforts to curb gun ownership. They feel safe knowing that they don't have handguns in every house.
kmarkhoover
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
But...but...it's 700% INCREASE, David!

Anyway, facts have a such a liberal bias, who can trust 'em?
davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, facts are stubborn things. My 3 to 21 statement was somewhat hyperbolic, of course. But the point remains -- gun violence Down Under is quite rare and has been all along. Because they have few guns.
kmarkhoover
Jan. 9th, 2011 06:26 pm (UTC)
If that little 9 year old girl who was born on 9/11 had been packing a Glock to defend herself she'd be alive today. Oh. Wait.

Giffords voted for the healthcare bill. Tea Baggers and wingnuts of all stripes want her and everyone else who voted that way, dead. They've made that quite clear with their "second amendment solution" rhetoric and "reload!" and crosshairs targeting Democrats.

This is just the beginning, I fear.

davidbcoe
Jan. 9th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid you're right, Mark. Right wing rhetoric might well have contributed to this tragedy. Listen to things the shooter has said and written -- he was parroting the right. Public figures need to keep in mind that there are consequences for using that kind of language.
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