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Michael Moore on yet more shootings in the USA…

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The latest bout of insanity from the USA,

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Shooter kills at least six people in rampage near UC Santa Barbara

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The article above contained this chilling information;

“Police said they were examining a video posted on YouTube in which a man, sitting in a car, said he had planned an attack in Isla Vista because he was sexually frustrated and had been snubbed by women. The young man, who said he was 22, described himself as a virgin and said he planned an act of retribution because women had not found him attractive.”

If true, then those Americans who support the right for people to own deadly weapons are allowing crazed, frustrated, young men to vent their anger by using their guns on their fellow citizens.

The term “mass insanity” does not begin to cover what ails that country.

I thought this response,  from Michael Moore’s Facebook page, was worth re-posting*…

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With due respect to those who are asking me to comment on last night’s tragic mass shooting at UCSB in Isla Vista, CA — I no longer have anything to say about what is now part of normal American life.

Everything I have to say about this, I said it 12 years ago: We are a people easily manipulated by fear which causes us to arm ourselves with a quarter BILLION guns in our homes that are often easily accessible to young people, burglars, the mentally ill and anyone who momentarily snaps.

We are a nation founded in violence, grew our borders through violence, and allow men in power to use violence around the world to further our so-called American (corporate) “interests.”

The gun, not the eagle, is our true national symbol. While other countries have more violent pasts (Germany, Japan), more guns per capita in their homes (Canada [mostly hunting guns]), and the kids in most other countries watch the same violent movies and play the same violent video games that our kids play, no one even comes close to killing as many of its own citizens on a daily basis as we do — and yet we don’t seem to want to ask ourselves this simple question: “Why us? What is it about US?”

Nearly all of our mass shootings are by angry or disturbed white males. None of them are committed by the majority gender, women. Hmmm, why is that?

Even when 90% of the American public calls for stronger gun laws, Congress refuses — and then we the people refuse to remove them from office.

So the onus is on us, all of us. We won’t pass the necessary laws, but more importantly we won’t consider why this happens here all the time. When the NRA says, “Guns don’t kill people — people kill people,” they’ve got it half-right.

Except I would amend it to this: “Guns don’t kill people — Americans kill people.”

Enjoy the rest of your day, and rest assured this will all happen again very soon.

[* Paragraphs added to break up text.]

The scary thing?

Moore is right. It will all happen again, very soon.

Facts

  1. There are 32,000 gun-related deaths in the United States, per year.
  2. In 2001, there were a total of 29,573 gun-related deaths.
  3. The September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, in 2001, killed 2,977 victims.

 

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References

Washington Post: Shooter kills at least six people in rampage near UC Santa Barbara

Facebook: Michael Moore

Policmic: There Are 32,000+ Gun Deaths A Year in the U.S. — Here is How We Get That Number to Zero

Gun Policy: United States — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Wikipedia: September 11 attacks

 

 

 


 

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Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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  1. Dirk
    25 May 2014 at 1:50 pm

    It was posted on You Tube. Great, the NSA total surveillance program picked it up and prevented it. That’s why we think it is great to give up our privacy, so the government can protect us. Back to Faux News for the real truth about climate change and the African born president.

    • 25 May 2014 at 4:47 pm

      In case anyone is in doubt – Dirk is taking the Major P*ss here, and is being highly ironic about the NSA “preventing” the mass shooting…

      Nicely put, Dirk.

  2. Deb Kean
    25 May 2014 at 3:41 pm

    It’s now known who the shooter was – a man with a reasonable amount of privilege, I’d have thought… V sad. 😦
    Deb

  3. Matthew
    25 May 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Annual figures for recent years:

    US – 39,000 vehicle accidents. 30,000 wood smoke pollution related deaths and 29,000 firearm homicides and suicides.

    NZ – 296 vehicle accidents, 1175 wood smoke pollution related deaths and 51 firearm deaths

    It would seem the thing we need to regulate because it is killing at higher than average rates is the woodburner.

    • Priss
      27 May 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Are those military style, semi-automatic woodburners, Matthew?

      I can’t recall the last time a kid took a woodburner to school and killed several of his classmates with it.

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