Collateral Kids

10 Oct


How can a civilised, intelligent, developed nation accept children as collateral damage for their second amendment rights?  When did people put a greater value on their bullets than their babies?

Last week my BFF was staying over, she is American by birth, lived there for over thirty years until she hopped across the pond.  We were watching the news and the appalling tragedy of the latest school/college mass shooting occurred and this angered and out raged us both.  Now I am a Brit, other than seeing the local game keeper with a shot gun, I only saw guns at airports attached to our police men, or when visiting Bulgaria in 1979 everywhere attached to menacing looking soldiers.  I do not understand the gun mentality.  I do not understand why ordinary Joe Public needs a semi-automatic pistol, or an automatic assault rifle, why do they have to have better armoury than their own armed forces, I do not understand how mass shooting [a massing shooting according to the FBI is there 4 or more persons die, don’t know if that includes the unperson too] have almost become so common place that they are hardly in-depth reported anymore, they are in danger of becoming common place.

America is a young country, by global standards, it was borne from the gun, it was as much a tool as a shovel and a horse, so yes it is in the psyche.  Comments and reports following mass shootings are as unfathomable as the incidents themselves, there are people who ardently believe that these shootings are staged by liberals to cause guns to be banned … so people truly believe a political group will organise someone to kill others in order to prove that more needs to be done to stop people killing others with guns.  That is like, trying to protect the library setting fire to books to prove that matches shouldn’t be lit near books because they will burn and be lost.  There are those who equally ardently believe that it is the individual right and need to have a personal arsenal of high powered weaponry to protect them and their own … so by freely arming themselves they also arm those who will do dumb things with them.  It’s all gotten counter productive.

People cry “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” or they scream “ban knives, ban cars, they kill too”.  well yes they do but you cannot carve your Sunday roast beef with an assault rifle, nor will a pump action shotgun carry you to work.  A gun has one purpose, to fire a projectile at such speed it will pierce objects, flesh, bone etc.  I can only conclude that for the American people, as a generalised collective, do not believe in their faith [which they ardently follow and recite] and they do not trust their Government [which they vote into power]. hmmm … it is beginning to feel like the wild west still has not grown up and is firmly in its petulant teenage phase.

Get used to burying your future.

The most disheartening aspect of the gun culture, is that there is no answer. When there was a mass shooting in the UK [Dunblane, Scotland, 1996] within twelve months there had been a government enquiry and two laws passed, banning handguns, tightening rules and the people abided and agreed.  Whilst there is a still an element of gun crime in the UK it is infinitesimal and usually involves criminals in criminal activity.  Guns will always rule America, but at some point this law abiding conflagration of communities will feel themselves to be greater than their laws and by that time, no flak jacket, body armour or brave intention will make the land safe.  It is no good saying sorry to the person you shot dead, they’re still dead.

It is likely that school and college campuses and buildings will require armed guards, and teacher training will include gun usage.  Will this stop mass shootings, no, they will still happen, just the challenge will be greater.

As my BFF and I were watching the comments on social media, when posters were saying what arms they have and the hunting that they did, my sarcastic self said out loud “So tell me, how much of that quail is left after you’ve hunted it with that AK47”, my BFF burst out laughing, hysterical belly hurting laughter, where you need to go pee and you snort, we were both double up with this vision of feathers exploding in all directions and an Elma Fudd-esque shape going “that’s all folks!”  It brought the break that we needed to get off the topic and get to sleep.

Feel free to exercise your first amendment rights, the free speech one …. I’m big enough to stand by Voltare ‘I may not agree with what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it”.

Have a nice day!


Posted by on October 10, 2015 in In The News



9 responses to “Collateral Kids

  1. JustAChristian

    October 10, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    BFF here. 😊
    For all the readers out there, may I just add that I am anti-gun in the extreme. Even though I was born in Houston, Texas some 50 odd years ago and lived in America for 38 of those years, I have never liked guns, and certainly never fired one. I’m fed up to my back teeth with the excuses being made by various American gun nuts as to why they can’t do something to put a halt to all the loss of life due to gun violence.

    I’ve made dozens of posts on Facebook, sharing what the UK did back in 1996-97 after Dunblane and asking Americans to come up with an answer (any reasonable solution) to this problem. So far it’s just a load of old rubbish. Their solution to gun violence is MORE GUNS.


    I despair… so… I am now studying for my citizenship exam to become a citizen of the United Kingdom hopefully in 2017. I won’t ever live in the Divided States of America again.

    Liked by 2 people

    • AnneMarie

      October 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      I look forward to being at the ceremony, I’ll be waving my Union flag and Scottish Saltire.


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  2. Bushka

    October 10, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Well said Anne! I am left wanting to say – perhaps unkindly – who lives by the sword will must die by the sword – or GUN! 👹👹

    Liked by 2 people

    • AnneMarie

      October 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Sadly, I think you may be right.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bushka

        October 10, 2015 at 7:25 pm

        May sound ‘trite’ but what else can one expect? 😦

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  3. deacongill

    October 11, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more. When the gun mentality meets neurotic, irrational belief in plots, nobody is safe. Your BFF – welcome to the unarmed UK. We are not perfect by any means but at least we make it difficult for people to carry out massacres for no reason.

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    • AnneMarie

      October 11, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      She’s been this side since 2001, now she is in Scotland. It’s been interesting as we both discover the differences.

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    • JustAChristian

      October 11, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you, Deacon. I love it here. It’s odd that around the ten year point I began to shift toward a more British way of thinking. Several generations back in the early 18th century on my mother’s side the family were from Wiltshire so in an odd sort of way I’ve nearly come full circle. I definitely feel a very strong tie here and look forward to becoming a British citizen next year. 😊

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    October 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I think it’s endlessly fascinating, learning about other cultures, and what other cultures think about us! And we can find a range of cultures just within a square mile in some places. I used to live in one in Birmingham.

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