“Until you’re crucified, I’ll live my life in taxi cabs…”

Prince wrote Baltimore, it’s nice enough. In 1981 Prince released Annie Christian.  He’d already written the song that was required.  Perhaps he overlooked the idea of a re-release.

You know, it’s when you have days like these that you have to take a step back and consider what actually matters.

Otago University threatened with attack.

Victoria University bomb scare.

This blog is not inspired by these threats – although, world, perhaps take note and realise that New Zealand isn’t perhaps the Flight of the Conchords bland, unable to parallel other country’s stupidity as you may think.  I hate the fact that people I know spent their day in fear.

This blog isn’t inspired by this – Oregon Shooting.

It isn’t inspired by this – Sandy Hook shooting.

Nor is it inspired by this – Mass Shooting since Sandy Hook.

It was inspired by this: McKayla Dyer – I’ve chosen a Fox News link for more than just irony.

What has happened in America, a place I have visited and admire and a place that has given me so many heroes, that a reasoned response to not being able to get my way is to shoot someone?  What is it about America, a place that drives the world, that makes its citizens so desperate to be able to have the means to kill someone at their fingertips?  Ok, ok…hey, London… home of knife crime… Ok, ok … I actually can’t think of anywhere else…and, to be frank, have you seen the way in which the British Government has tried to combat knife crime?  This was an 11 year old, though.  So, what I want to know is: what has happened to the American psyche that permeates down to an 11 year old and allows that 11 year old to think it’s ok, after having received a rebuttal that means he is not going to be able to play with puppies, to go and pick up a gun and shoot the person who is denying him the right to play with puppies?  How is that thought process allowed to occur in a developed – you are developed, you have things (check) – non-barbaric society? And by barbaric I mean Imperial Rome under…ooooh, who shall we pick…I know…Sulla..he liked killing people for no reason other than greed either.

Greed – that’s it.  “You can’t tell me what I can do!  I’m an American!”  Greed.  Gluttony.  Swelled with your preposterous notion of needing to hold a gun to defend yourself.  The amendment you keep referring to states – “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” according to the Legal Information Institute website where I copied and pasted it from.  Let’s parse – a Militia usually means a home guard or territorial army kind of organisation – fair enough…every country should be allowed to do that… look at Swiitzerland!… “being necessary to the security of a free State”… do you need everyone to be armed to be free…look around you! Most of us seem to manage pretty well.  Ok…next… “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Right. To me, and I may be someone who doesn’t know how to read English, this seems to say – “We need people to be armed because there’s a real threat to our nationhood and we need people to be armed, organised and ready to deal with this threat.” Fair?  When was this written?  Who were your threats?  Was this a valid fear?  You know all the answers.  Now?  Really?  Who?  Where?  When?  How?  You haven’t been threatened since pretty much after you were created.  You know that, and you have exploited that politically and commercially ever since.  Now you exploit “wording” to allow an 11 year old the opportunity to pick up a gun and shoot an 8 year old because she won’t let him play with her puppies.

Prince – write a song about this?

And nothing happens.  Obama (“Yes we can!”) became a laughing stock and has now become a ghoul because of his repeat appearances at press conferences to announce his despair at another shooting and just how ham-strung he is to actually do anything to prevent another one.  Do we have to wait til the election?  Do we have to wait until the next Democrat is in power?  She has form..albeit with a masculine edge…

When Bill Clinton was in power gun crime fell.  The means and measures he brought into play began to have some positive effect…and please don’t get me wrong…  I live in New Zealand – there are a lot of guns down here for 4 million people… and I’ve fired guns myself…rifles and assault rifles – as someone once said..ASSAULT rifles…NOT DEFENDING MY HOUSE AND THE PEOPLE IN IT rifles.  The thing is, they are weapons and they kill sentient beings if they are hit by the projectiles they propel.  Why do you need this spelling out any further?  Having some controls over who can have them, limiting access to certain types of weapon and perhaps ensuring that all weapons are kept in a secure and adult-friendly environment isn’t such a limit on your 2nd amendment?

Ok the Fox thing… Bill O’Reilly (of Fox News fame) once said of Al Franken that he would “put a bullet right between his head”.  Bill O’Reilly has given normalcy to the idea of using bullets as a way of responding to insults or arguments you do not like.  Bill O’Reilly is an intelligent man – he’s won a Peabody for the love of all the Lord!* – but even he would resort to shooting someone “between the head” in an argument.  If someone as clearly as intelligent as Bill O’Reilly is incapable of being able to hold on to reason and not shoot someone who he disagreed with in an argument “between the head”, then how can other Americans, whether they are working class folks from Levittown or white-collar workers from Westbury, hold on to their reason too?  Right there, in and of itself, is the reason why there needs to be gun control in the United States of America.

This isn’t a joking matter.  I have an 8 year old daughter.  I could not live in a country where, consciously, people would defend the right of an 11 year old to be able to shoot my daughter dead.

*Actually, it was a Polk…just as prestigious as a Peabody…


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