No, You’re Wrong

That normally reliable repository of intelligent comment The Continental Telegraph, doubtless wishing to be seen to be publishing a diverse set of opinions, has a piece about gun control in the US by a certain Tom Fuller in which he informs us that:

I don’t believe at all that I have any right to park an Abrams tank in my driveway or a Humvee with a mounted fifty caliber machine gun.

Mmmh, anybody else spot the straw man?

He goes to reassure us that it’s ok, and a nevralgic political issue which has been simmering for decades dividing the country like no other except abortion, is in fact easy to fix, because:

I believe the limits can be drawn quickly and using common sense using those facts. Background checks for all gun sales, prohibition of gun ownership to convicted felons, convicted domestic abusers (there are shamefully some types of domestic abuse not classified as a felony), withdrawal of semi and automatic rifles from the market and a mandatory buyback of such weapons as are already in private hands.

That’s alright then Tom!  Thank goodness you exist!!

We can really only think of a couple of problems with this.  The first is that it wouldn’t do any good.  Automatic weapons are already to all intents and purposes outlawed and have been since at least the 1980s.  Every state has its own gun laws and nearly all require purchasers to be sane and law abiding.  Often however these requirements are ignored.  So how about enforcing the existing laws before making any new stupid ones?

In every free country in the western world except Australia and the UK ownership of semi auto pistols and rifles is permitted under certain reasonable conditions.  The ridicuous laws in the UK and Australia  don’t seem to have led to any significant improvement in the law enforcement situation.  Certainly in the UK at least knife and gun crime are on the rise, and coppers can barely be arsed to try to do anything about it preferring to spend their time trawling twitter for rude comments about mosques or police horses.

In these countries the murder rate is not sky high.  There are next to no incidents.  How can this be?  Because ownership of firearms by law abiding people is totally harmless, and might even be beneficial as criminals are forced to consider that potential victims might be in a position to defend themselves.

The other slight problem that we can see is the bit about the mandatory buy back.  That is a recipe for massive civil disobedience, and possibly civil war and/or secession.  The chances are thousands of people would be hurt and killed if this was attempted.

This blog would tentatively suggest two things that could make a difference.  The first is the wider adoption of Gun Safety Orders in which in a very focused way, specific individuals eg parents, teachers would be able to take legal action to deny temporarily firearm possession to people showing clear signs of imminent disaster such as posting on facebook that they want to become a school shooter.  This has we understand been tried with encouraging results.

Possibly even more important would be a voluntary code of practice in the media, not to publicise the sad losers’ names.  Deny them their 15 minutes of fame.  Deny them, in Mrs Thatchers memorable turn of phrase, the Oxygen of Publicity.

For a few twisted individuals the chance to dominate the news for 24 hours trumps any moral or emotional considerations of right and wrong.  Remove that incentive and with time you will reduce the occurrence.

We are sure that if you plot the frequence and deadliness of these events against the amount of hours of coverage of the 24 hour news cycle you will see a strong correlation.

All Dressed Up And No Place To Go

Via Zerohedge:

“According to the U.S. Supreme Court, police have no duty, moral or otherwise, to help those in trouble, protect individuals from danger, or risk their own lives to save “we the people.”

The article is worth reading even if for UK readers (like most of the material on Zerohedge) it can come over as overdramaticised, a touch hysterical.

However, there can be no doubt that what he’s writing is basically correct, and at a time when the chorus to deprive Americans of their constitutional right to defend themselves is seemingly at risk as never before, there is no harm in pointing out some pertinent facts:

  • There really is a deep state at work in the US as in all Western countries which actually does the day to day governing and follows its own agenda (in Europe usually Agenda 21).  In the US the case is particularly severe because the size of Federal spending especially in defence is so absolutely humungous that the scope for personal enrichment is breathtaking.  Let nobody be under any delusions that the same does not happen in the UK.  See the links between senior MoD bods and BAE execs as described in the excellent book “Lions Donkeys and Dinosaurs” by Lewis Page.  The UK deep state is hard at work wrecking Brexit and they might yet succeed.  The old libertarian tag “no matter whoever you vote for, the government still gets in” has never been more true
  • THe US Police is ridiculously over militarised.  Vast amounts of kit left over from Afghanistan and Iraq have been flogged off to police departments all over the country.  And of course when all you’ve got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  It is only a matter of time before SWAT teams will be enforcing poarking restrictions
  • Already these PDs are laws unto themselves.  There are plenty of stories on the web just in the past year of people whose houses have been broken into, dogs shot etc over completely unfounded drug busts or similar.  Civil forfeiture is a process by which a copper can search your car (usually under false pretences) and any money found can be deemed to be criminal money and disappears into the PD’s coffers.
  • Crime rates in general and gun crime rates in particular are highest where legal gun ownership is least widespread, although this is correlated also with gang membership, drug trafficking and other stuff

The old saying is that “when seconds count the police are just minutes away.”  Now it transpires that even if they were nearer, it wouldn’t matter anyway as they are under no particular obligation to do anything!

There were four armed police officers, including one cop who was assigned to the school as a resource officer, on campus during that shooting. All four cops stayed outside the school with their weapons drawn (three of them hid behind their police cars).

Not a single one of those cops, armed with deadly weapons and trained for exactly such a dangerous scenario, entered the school to confront the shooter.

Seventeen people, most of them teenagers, died while the cops opted not to intervene.

NB while the detail of the UK situation is quite different, the same tendency is absolutely on show.

Rotherham Rape Gangs are left to work their evil on young girls, not a single FGM case has ever been successfully prosecuted, knife and gun crime in the capital is soaring and young men are locked away for rape on the basis of having mobile phone evidence in their favour hidden from defence attorneys.  On the other hand a careless tweet, or calling a police horse gay will be enough to guarantee a visit by her majesties constabularies’ finest.

Habeus corpus has been abandoned for descendents of the people who invented it.  Trial by Jury is going the same way.  The right to stay silent, and Double jeopardy also.

We have nothing to be complacent about over here.