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or is it long past that stage? It seems like it'd be trying to put the genie back in the bottle.
to do it after Sandy Hook, it doesn't look like it will ever be possible.
The NRA are just too powerful a lobby.
even if they banned them outright, there's so many kicking about it would be impossible to enforce
Like, even if the political will existed, the fact that there are 3/400 million guns out there seems to make the question redundant.
So do they just have to put up with massacres every so often? Just seems like a helpless situation.
was reading stats earlier, the overall rate of gun homicide has fallen quite a bit in recent years over there but the number of mass murders with guns has risen :(
but still depressing to see the UK press largely ignoring this on their front pages tomorrow. I'm sure that has nothing to do with the ethnicity of the gunman.
that it's not news anymore. they are quite common place, abhorrently.
the white community started coming forward and taking responsibility for these terrorist attacks
...oh no wait, sorry he'll just be telling Muslims they're not doing enough to stop IS.
and the attacks on the muhammed cartoon convention/competition recently is notable (more specifically american coverage).
as is the scarcity of the word 'terrorism' in mainstream media coverage.
its an appalling crime and hard to say much more beyond that. i disagree with sheeldz about this not being news, but agree that its fucking ridiculous that this is even vaguely commonplace. completely shameful. my thoughts are with the families of the victims, and the community at large. how the fuck is this stuff still happening (monthly, seemingly) in 2015?
Despite the fact the gunman wore a jacket with South African apartheid patches on :/
this charming chap from the NRA blames the pastor for voting against measures in 2011: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/nra-board-member-blames-clementa-pinckney-charleston-shooting-119202.html
one of the grossest things I've read, ugh http://mic.com/articles/121060/dylann-roof-s-terrifying-manifesto-has-been-discovered-here-are-the-shocking-excerpts
Salon did a great article about the mental health card too http://www.salon.com/2015/06/18/its_not_about_mental_illness_the_big_lie_that_always_follows_mass_shootings_by_white_males/
talking about how important the freedom to carry guns is, cos the government is evil and would set the army against its citizen if they werent armed
governments /can/ be evil and set their armies against their unarmed citizens.
the solution has fuck all to do with the freedom to carry guns, though. well, the best solution doesn't, anyway. not by looooong shot.
it creeps me out
and thought 'i'm having that'
obviously this is a terrible thread to joke in and i'm sorry