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We want to carry guns say California politicians

We want to carry guns say California politicians
March 15th, 2011
Author: Jeff Taylor

After the shootings in Tucson Arizona, when six people were killed and which also left 13 other injured including the congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford who was it seems the target of the attack, one would think that there would be strident calls across the USA for tighter gun control.


However, this actually seems to have led to a nationwide legislative push for looser controls.

The Guardian reports that it has been estimated by the Legal Community Against Violence that 273 of the 470 gun bills being considered across the USA will make it easier to own and carry firearms. In Arizona itself most of the 16 bills it has pending would favour the gun owner.

But while this goes on, the President Barack Obama, wants tighter gun control laws centred around making it harder to buy them in the first pace using speedier and more stringent background checks. "None of us should be willing to remain passive in the face of violence or resigned to watching helplessly as another rampage unfolds on television" he said.

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Gabrielle Giffords

The politicians of California now say that their working lives have become so dangerous that they should be allowed to carry concealed firearms in their offices. So a bill has been put forward by politicians from both main parties that would put them in a class of workers that includes bail bond agents and jewellery shop owners so giving them "good cause" to carry a gun.

Even with horrifying statistics in the US that show that 100,000 people are killed or injured every year due to firearms violence and that 2,000 have been killed since the Tucson incident, the love affair many US citizens have with the gun remains undiminished. For them it is just part of their lifestyle. And hopefully a lifestyle choice that will not cross the Atlantic any time soon.

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7 Responses to “We want to carry guns say California politicians”

  1. Jim Gallagher says:

    Please stop using the “100,000” gun related death figure in your drive to disarm everyone. You are certainly entitled to hold that position but the minute you bring out these unsupported statistics you lose all credibility. With such a wide divide between those that support gun rights and those that oppose them, if you were truly interested in achieving some progress on this issue you would refrain from such hyperbole.

  2. Jeff Taylor says:

    Hi Jim, I actually said 100,000 killed or injured and these sorts of figures are widely accepted, like here and here

  3. Jim Gallagher says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Thanks for the reply. I understand where the figures come from but you need to subtract all the suicides and criminal on criminal shootings before we have common ground. Suicide numbers are not related to the presences of guns (check Japan's numbers) and in countries where gun control has reduced or eliminated handguns, the overall suicide rate stays the same. As for the criminal on criminal shootings, these are already against the law and no new law is going to prevent them. Also, please subtract all the law enforcement and private citizen justified shootings. Once we arrive at that figure we can look at what can be done to reduce what's left.

  4. Hi Jim,

    The fact that a crime figure includes a gun suggests that there is…..a gun involved.

    Anyone who applies for a gun licence should be not given a gun because anyone who would desire a gun is clearly mental.

    If you live in a country where gun crime is rife…..leave the country.

  5. Joe Reeser says:

    Hi Richard,

    In a -free- country, a license isn't required to buy a gun. but with your statement in mind, perhaps you should lock up and assess the mental stability of your Olympic shooting team as a first step…

  6. Jeff Taylor says:

    I think you will find Joe, that the UK Olympic firearms teams had to train abroad and that the law had to be changed to host the Olympics here in 2012.

  7. Hi Joe,

    What's so great about being free in a country that is abandoning its moral compass?

    I would love to asses the mental stability of the British Olympic shooting team please get them to book an appointment with me and I will give them a discount for my time.