We discussed the subject of gun ownership in the USA back in 2015 here
Watching the news reports over this weekend, of the mass shootings in two American towns, it is unfathomable to many of us that people of faith support, and even advocate, gun ownership – perhaps because it has never been the culture here in the UK. However, in America, it is considered a very important constitutional right to bear arms. Here’s the young American Jewish commentator, Ben Shapiro, debating the issue with Piers Morgan in 2017…
We know that the gun lobby, big guns business (so to speak), makes it very difficult for politicians to propose a ban on gun ownership, never mind the Second Amendment right to bear arms, cherished by the American people. My own gut feeling is that, with the extent of the killing sprees now taking place almost routinely across the USA, a President – preparing for possible re-election – who boldly proposed doing whatever is reasonably possible to deal with the problem of widespread gun ownership, would be onto a winner. Surely, the sheer number of deaths caused this weekend alone, in two different parts of the United States, would be sufficient to cause a change in the American mindset about the Second Amendment?
Personally, I’d like to see a courageous President move to end widespread gun ownership, by whatever constitutional means are available, and if you agree, let’s hear it. But if you disagree (and I can already see some of our American bloggers bristling with indignation 😀 ) then please suggest your preferred solution – but make it one that would truly make a difference…
Final thought: I have a young (teenage) relative who says he would dearly love to move to the USA when he’s finished his education. I keep reminding him of the two things that would be very different if he did so; one, the gun culture (don’t get impatient – with anyone! If the bus is late, so be it! If that hamburger is cold, smile at the waiter and tip him/her anyway!) And the second – well, that’s irrelevant to the present discussion, so I’ll leave that hanging there for another day 😀
For the purposes of this conversation, please, simply answer the questions in the headline – can these massacres be prevented? And if so, how?