Today we witnessed a truly awful and shocking crime. The coldblooded murder of 2 young people, simply carrying out their work duties, as a reporter and TV camera operator. It was shocking in the fact that many thousands of people saw it on live TV. Our condolences go out to the families, friends and colleagues of these 2 young people. And also to the injured person at the scene, we wish a speedy recovery.
I am not a US citizen, just an overseas observer who cannot make sense of US gun laws.
The shooting is the latest incident to stoke the intense debate in the US surrounding gun laws. I’m not going to list here in this blog all the horrific shootings that have taken place over many years. I want to explore why they are still occurring.
Following a July shooting at a movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana, which left two people dead and nine others wounded, President Barack Obama said the US lacked “common-sense gun-safety laws” but said he felt “frustrated and most stymied” in his attempts to implement reforms.
Here are some of the rules on buying guns in the USA:
Any law-abiding citizen in the United States is allowed to own or carry a gun.
That right comes from the US Bill of Rights and the second amendment to the United States Constitution, the country’s supreme law, which was written in 1791.
It reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Hello USA wake up! That was 224 years ago. Since then you’ve invented and used atom bombs. Created aircraft that fly undetected with a radar signature the size of a bumblebee. Drones that attack enemies controlled from the other side of the planet. Yet you fail totally to keep your own people safe. This begs the question, where exactly do your priorities lie?
None of the shotguns, semi automatics or pistols carried in ladies handbags would have prevented 9/11, the most devastating attack on the US in peace time.
Anyone over the age of 18 is allowed to buy a rifle or shotgun from a licensed dealer in any state with over-21s able to buy handguns too.
If the USA is serious about tackling Islamic State then the solution is staring them right in the face with their own domestic gun law issues. Remove the weapons, remove the problem.