From my cold, dead hands (you wonÃ¢â‚¬™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 Ã¢â‚¬Ëœguns and airplanesÃ¢â‚¬™ item in the last edition of Belly Ache. Since this item also involves guns, we go back to, guess whereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the good old US of A. Go figure! […]
April 1, 2010
So, on with the story. Apparently there is a Ã¢â‚¬“ not insignificant Ã¢â‚¬“ group in the US called the Ã¢â‚¬ËœOpen CarryÃ¢â‚¬™ 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 Ã¢â‚¬“ despite the obviously tragic impact it has on American society Ã¢â‚¬“ 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 Ã¢â‚¬Ëœproud to be packinÃ¢â‚¬™ citizen said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“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.Ã¢â‚¬Â