There’s No Gunsmoke Without Gunfire

Another week, another mass shooting in the US.

Another week, another rallying cry for guns to be banned, or regulated, or just something – anything – that makes them less likely to end up in the hands of teenagers who bear grudges against schools or whatever other nonsensical reason they come up with to justify their actions.

Another week where everything but guns in blamed for the violence. Mental health, depression, video games, films… all the usual things that are trotted out each and every time. Even though it’s fairly clear that if there wasn’t such ready access to guns then there wouldn’t be quite as many mass shooting incidents.

But hey, what do I know.

Of course, if mental health or video games were mentioned in the constitution of the United States of America things would be different. No blame would be pointed in their direction. But they’re not. So it sucks to be those things. You know what the constitution does uphold though? The right to bear arms. Something which is trotted out each and every time anything like this happens.

It’s an American’s right to bear arms. It’s their right to defend their property… blah blah blah. In each and every instance of a mass shooting, no property is being defended. Childrens lives are being ended. Concert goers lives are being ended. Nothing is being defended. Nothing at all. Except the right to bear arms.

What you have to remember is that this right was given a good few hundred years ago. Back then you could bear arms quite freely – as you can now, of course – but it was different. You’d fire one shot and then have to spend a few minutes titting about with a little packet of black powder, your musket ball and wadding pushing it all down the barrel with a little pokey stick before priming the weapon and firing it.

Yes, mass shootings – if you want to call them that – did occur. But they involved a lot of people all shooting at once because if you brought the same weapon to a school now and tried to shoot everyone, chances are people would bugger off while you were reloading the bloody thing.

And what happens after a school shooting, or any other sort of mass shooting. Hopes and prayers and good wishes are sent, via Twitter or Facebook, to the victims or the families of the victims or anyone else affected by the incident. Hopes and prayers. Because in times of clearly preventable violence, it’s best to turn to God because only She could do anything in these instances.

Take the guns away from people. Just take them all away. And when people piss and moan and wail and cry about the fact that they can’t have their guns anymore, we should all join together and send hopes and prayers their way. After all, if they think that a few prayers are a suitable comfort for people who have lost friends, colleagues, family members or just people they passed in a corridor then surely it’s enough to make up for not having a gun anymore.

“I’m sorry you don’t have access to high powered firearms for no good reason, here are some hopes and prayers #staystrong”

It’s not going to happen though is it. Every disaster changes regulations for things.

After 9/11 cockpit doors on planes were changed so that people could not gain access in order to hijack planes. When that guy tried to blow up a plane with his shoes, security checks were increased. Jane Mansfield was killed when her car went into the back of trailer and since then a bar has been put in place to stop that happening.

When people – innocent people, going about their normal lives – are gunned down nothing is done.

Nothing except thoughts and prayers.