I find that rather meaningless. For I, have never owned or shot a gun at any point in my life. I grew up in a single parent house with my mother and three sisters. Hunting is something I have never done either. But I don’t have to hunt nor own a gun or to even have shot one to know guns are killing machines. After all, I have watched thousands of movies and played call of duty until the wee hours of the night (I’m just sticking with the meme).
After setting up his “experience” he then proceeds to name drop his relatives who are employed in England with exposure to weapons as some type of twisted street cred:
“Well, I do know a bit about guns, actually. My brother’s a lieutenant colonel in the British Army and has served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. My sister married a colonel who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst. My uncle was a major in the Green Howards.”
I find this rather humorous. I have an Aunt & Uncle who both work in one of the biggest state universities in Pennsylvania in science. Both have their PHD’s. I have three other Aunts who are teachers. I have a grandmother who retired with an MBA in accounting and a step father who has worked in a foundry for 35 years. I have a brother in law that is a barber. Do you know what i know about what they do?? Jack-shit. I would also find it disrespectful to assume that i know about what they do, in what, conversations over Sunday dinner at Nana & Papa’s house? Please.
Mr Morgan demonstrates his arrogance and obvious agenda to make the world England when he uses the reasoning for owning the AR-15 Bushmaster (used in Newtown)
“The only apparent reason anyone seems to offer up is that using such weapons is ‘fun’. One gun-rights guy I interviewed last week even said admiringly that the AR-15 was ‘the Ferrari of guns’.”
When you see someone cite “One guy I interviewed” as backing you know to take that not with a grain of salt; but probably a quarry. Because the bullshit meter is broken. And if you say the “only apparent” reason “anyone” seems to offer up is ‘fun’ without any evidence, it just compounds the fact that you are basically making it up. What’s next, an “anonymous quote” from a “high ranking official” in the NRA doesn’t “really like guns”? Wasn’t ‘ol Piers an editor at a newspaper one time in England?
Well, that doesn’t surprise me. Have you ever read a newspaper from England? Look at the link for his piece; it’s plastered in ‘tabloid-celebrity’ nonsense. Hard news does not exist over there. How do I know? The paper ‘has ads for other story’s’. It ‘apparently’ must be devoid of hard news because I cant find a paper in England that doesn’t cater to ‘tabloid-celebrity’ nonsense… see this subjective, make it up as see fit game can be fun and effective!
So, we have established Mr. Morgan’s experience and his relatives with guns are bunk or meaningless to the discussion and probably just a cheap way to fill a word count commitment. We also know he has no reasons why people own guns, other than he says, they said: ‘its fun’. So there is no opposite side in this piece with relative viewpoints, just his opinions.
Pictured in this article is a picture of a gun show. It also has statistics with gun sales exploding after these last few instances. It has a picture of a man at a gun show holding an AR-15. There is also the statistics that Americans own more guns per person than anywhere in the world outside of Yemen. Do you see the link? These gun sales are going to create more crime. But is that really true?
According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from –
- a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
- a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
- family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%
During the offense that brought those offenders to prison, 15% of State inmates and 13% of Federal inmates carried a handgun, and about 2%, a military-style semiautomatic gun.
This whole piece written by Mr. Morgan is centered on the use of semi-automatic weapons. So we are talking about 2% of felons using these types of guns. Two must be the magic number because only 2% of felons using a gun – get said gun, at a flea market or gun show. Talk about living on the margins? Maybe Mr. Morgan should spend some time in Switzerland where households pack fully automatic rifles and experience less crime than England, where he says there are only 35 deaths per year due to handguns.
Which I find odd considering this article written in the Wall Street Journal the day after Christmas by Joyce Lee Malcolm, a professor of law at George Mason University Law School – who has written several books on the subject including: “Guns and Violence: The English Experience”
In this article Ms Joyce points out that:
“Within a decade of the handgun ban and the confiscation of handguns from registered owners, crime with handguns had doubled according to British government crime reports. Gun crime, not a serious problem in the past, now is. Armed street gangs have some British police carrying guns for the first time. Moreover, another massacre occurred in June 2010. Derrick Bird, a taxi driver in Cumbria, shot his brother and a colleague then drove off through rural villages killing 12 people and injuring 11 more before killing himself.”
If that wasn’t enough Mr. Morgan points to a recent Gallup poll showing that: “58 per cent of Americans now support new gun-control laws, up from 43 per cent in 2011″ He then says “that’s a big jump”?
You think? Does he even understand that his network is one of many that help perpetuate these acts by these deranged nut jobs and fears of the public by sensationalizing them at every waking minute to push their filthy ads? Mr. Morgan even takes aim at video games and movies… does he have no culpability in this? No of course not, because you’re on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday. You make the news. You’re God.
Now allow me to weave this all together all nice and tight for you, using Mr. Morgan’s own words:
“This gun debate is an ongoing war of verbal attrition in America – and I’m just the latest target, the advantage to the gun lobbyists being that I’m British, a breed of human being who burned down the White House in 1814 and had to be forcefully deported en masse, as no American will ever be allowed to forget – Special Relationship notwithstanding. It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on their freedom”
Americans don’t hate British citizens or look at them with disdain nor reject them simply because of their birthrights. We might however have a problem with someone from another country, as a guest in our country, telling us how we should change our laws and be more like the country that we fought against for our independence from some 200+ years ago. Americans had to use guns to fight off tyranny in the form of the British government. Now you supported using guns to fight tyranny before:
” I’m not a pacifist. Guns win necessary wars and defeat tyrannical regimes like the Nazis”
I find it ironic you do not see the British government circa 1770 a “tyrannical” government. We agree the Nazi regime was just that. This, being the same Nazi regime that took the US and her (gun loving) involvement to keep England from being bombed into oblivion? You know what they say about history don’t you, Mr Morgan? If its written by the victors and while we know who won WW2 and the Revolutionary War; maybe you’re in need of a history lesson, chap?
Now i saved the best for last:
“Obama should follow up by launching a Government buy-back for all existing assault weapons in circulation (as worked successfully in Los Angeles last week). I would go further, confiscating the rest and enforcing tough prison sentences on those who still insist on keeping one. He should also significantly increase federal funding for mental health treatment for all Americans who need it.”
Piers… lets scrap the history lesson, instead lets do a real quick American Civics primer. “He” is just a President, nothing more than a mouth piece for the corporate elite, like the guy before him and the guy before him and the guy after him and so on and so forth. We may elect lackeys and “yes men” but we don’t elect kings. Here all men are created equal; we don’t value one person’s blood more than another.
You claim to “love” this country, despite the fact that it’s obvious you don’t understand our financial situation as you are directing for “King Obama” to start “buy backs” and additional spending of revenue via mental health (has he not heard of Obama Care), when we are facing two trillion dollar deficits annually. You don’t respect our history or even understand it. You want prisons sentences for people wanting to uphold their Bill of Rights. Your views are based on fringe ideas and failed data from England, the country you left – to obviously pursue something better for you and your family.
Let me offer you some parting advice courtesy of one, Mahatma Gandhi: