Every day in America people die from the use of firearms. Most never even make the news, or maybe just a mention on the local channel if it’s a slow news day. Occasionally, there’s a shooting that briefly lifts the consciousness of the nation, like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and a number of other avoidable tragedies where loss of life numbered sufficient for Americans to take notice – at least till the news media packed up and went home again.
It would seem the price of freedom is complacency. If, after one of these dreadful events, anyone calls for gun control, his voice is whisked away on the winds of defensiveness blasting out from organizations like the National Rifle Association, a body of individuals who innocently convince themselves that a weapon with the sole purpose of killing other human beings is an alright plaything to keep around the house.
It’s hard to believe the motto of the National Rifle Association is “Guns Save Lives”. I wonder if any of its members would be prepared to cross the Atlantic this week to argue that point with Melanie Jones of Croxteth, Liverpool, in the United Kingdom? It’s unlikely any of them would have the nerve. After all, if you need to swagger around with an AK47 in your hands before you feel like a man, you’re unlikely to have enough courage to face-up to a mother in the midst of tragedy.
Unlike America, the UK has matured sufficiently to realize it’s not a good idea having a surfeit of high-powered weaponry hanging around. The gun control laws in Britain are stiff and well enforced. Consequently, people are far less afraid of each other than is the case in America.
Of course, until we realize the greatest disservice we do ourselves, as a species, is to tolerate the evil bastards who get rich producing these destructive monstrosities, and exile them all on an island somewhere with enough of their products to eventually wipe themselves out, it will be impossible to rid ourselves of the menace completely.
UK gun law has proved reasonably effective in controlling firearms and the victims of their lethality are relatively few, certainly compared to the lawlessness experienced in the United States.
Consequently, when an innocent, eleven-year-old boy is shot to death while on his way home from football practice, the whole nation is shocked and grieving.
Little Rhys Jones was shot three times in the neck, about 7.30 in the evening, in broad daylight. He died later in his mother’s arms.
His mother is Melanie Jones.
Well, you macho guys from the NRA? Any volunteers?
Read about the shooting of eleven-year-old Rhys Jones HERE.
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