From my cold, dead hands (you won’t prise my latte).

For this next item, we have a loyal reader to thank for sending us a link to a very interesting newspaper article after reading our ‘guns and airplanes’ item in the last edition of Belly Ache. Since this item also involves guns, we go back to, guess where…the good old US of A. Go figure! […]


For this next item, we have a loyal reader to thank for sending us a link to a very interesting newspaper article after reading our ‘guns and airplanes’ item in the last edition of Belly Ache. Since this item also involves guns, we go back to, guess where…the good old US of A. Go figure!

So, on with the story. Apparently there is a – not insignificant – group in the US called the ‘Open Carry’ movement. Essentially this group of erstwhile Rambos are testing the laws in 42 states that allow gun owners to carry weapons in public.

Basically it goes back to this American love-affair with firearms – despite the obviously tragic impact it has on American society – in which guns are seen as a fundamental right. You know, that whole founding father, defending the nation, constitutional rubbish.

Just for point of reference, in 2007 the number of gun-related homicides nation-wide was 12,129, while 17,348 people used guns to commit suicide. A further 721 (rather dumb) people accidentally shot themselves to death, while police shot and killed around 5,000 suspected criminals.

In the newspaper article we were referred to, one ‘proud to be packin’ citizen said: “I see my gun as insurance. Like I have life insurance to protect my family, car insurance to protect my car, house insurance to protect my house.”