Another US Shooting: Further Manifestation of US Government Corruption
© Elliott R. Morss, Ph.D.
We have all heard the headlines – another shooting. Another distressed soul who was to able to purchase four guns and 6,000 rounds of ammo in the last 60 days. 12 people dead and 58 injured. The gun used was an AK-47 type, assault weapon. What was it a couple of years back at Virginia Tech? 32 killed by some other nut cake.
And now we have news reports of people grieving over their losses and calls for gun reform. Calls for gun controls make sense. As Bill Moyers reminds us: “in my lifetime alone, far more Americans have been casualties of domestic gunfire than have died in all our wars combined”.
Table 1 gives data on gun-related deaths and injuries in 2009. So over 50,000 Americans shot annually.
Table 1. – Gun Deaths and Injuries, 2009
Source: US Center for Disease Control
Question: In reading the numbers in Table 1, what is the common sense reaction?
- Our forefathers had no idea how dangerous guns would get and how they would be used.
- Guns are too dangerous for humans to possess.
Another Example that the US System of Governance Is Broken
Okay, we have another tragic incident of a nut cake buying a stash of guns and killing. What will happen? Nothing. Why not? I quote from the Open Secrets Web Site.
“The National Rifle Association goes to great lengths (and spends a huge sum of money) to defend the right to bear arms. It is opposed to virtually every form of gun control, including restrictions on owning assault weapons, background checks for gun owners, and registration of firearms. NRA’s influence is felt not only through campaign contributions, but through millions of dollars in off-the-books spending on issue ads and the like.”
It does not matter if it is banks, health care, military interventions, or guns. Small minorities get their way in Washington. US democracy is broken.