Monday, August 31, 2015

Lord of War

Recently I was involved in a sort of discussion on a favorite blog in regards to gun violence here in America. It seems, like a lot of people, some in the UK and Oz believe us to be gun toting fiends, frothing at the mouth about our Second Amendment rights. To me, owning a firearm is not a bad thing if you practice safety and had training, but one cannot regulate stupid and there is a lot of that going on around here. State by state the laws change in regards to concealed weapons, open carry and crossing state lines with ones gun. Truth is it's a convoluted mess and even difficult for some of us to get a full handle on law wise. Plus the NRA is like a backseat driver. Always directing you even though you know what direction you need to go in but they get louder and eventually you default to their demands to stop their incessant blathering and nagging. Keep in mind they also have a lot of power in DC with many a politician in their pockets so that prevents stuff from getting changed as well.
Personally I think it is more important to educate the public about Emergency Preparedness. Sure it is on FEMA and other government websites, but that is more of a CYA. Make it mandatory in school or offer a town wide class. Catastrophes happen and if people refuse to learn how to educate themselves on how to prepare, they are on their own. I mean, people here bitch about BIG government then a hurricane or tornado hits and government can't act fast enough. We need to be ready in case government can't get to us for awhile, but I digress.
Now, while some anti-government folks may be armed to the teeth, and it is their right, a lot of us want stricter background checks and much more rigorous safety training and actual discussion on how to keep guns out of criminals hands. These are just some of the things the NRA fights rational human beings about.
Guns are pretty scary, but America is not the only place with a love for guns nor are we the only ones supplying them. I think it behooves everyone to take a gander at the 2005 film "Lord of War" to understand what I mean.

Nicolas Cage in one of his better roles to date.

I don't mind that some people on a blog voiced their opinions, but blanket statements are dangerous. Don't assume every American has a gun or guns. Don't assume we don't try to change laws that seem so lackluster you might as well just hand someone a firearm when they move to the area. Don't assume we all hate universal healthcare. Don't assume we don't get frustrated with our school systems. Don't assume we are all obese and resemble every single photo on People of WalMart. Don't assume we don't try to do things about any of this. And most of all, don't assume your own country has not had their hands in the dirty arms game.

From Lord of War: An onscreen postscript states that private dealers conduct less business than the five largest arms exporters – the United StatesUnited KingdomRussiaFrance, and China – who are the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

Watch the film. Learn. Recoil. Sit in horror. And realize that gun control does not have an easy solution and it should be discussed, but never ever believe your country is not part of the problem. All of our countries have had a hand in arms deals and putting guns on the street. That includes the ones used in a crime in your neighborhood or mine.

Cheers!
MissFifi


2 comments:

  1. Well said, and well researched.

    I think a good first step would be to treat guns as we do that other agent of mass slaughter: the automobile.

    Testing, to ensure one can handle it safely, before being issued a licence and regular testing thereafter. Regular firearm inspections, yearly re-registration of firearms, and insurance. It won't eliminate all problems, as with vehicles, but it is a place to begin.

    Oh, and a federal gun law.

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    1. The irregularities between the states do make it hard to enforce proper screening and safety training so yes, a federal gun law may have to be enforced.
      But, as with cars, just because someone is licensed doesn't guarantee they won't drive like a jerk or drunk. it is a place to begin and we need to start yesterday.

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