High time to review the right to keep and bear arms

After the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado America had not yet learned its lesson. Except that it became an example for some other lunatics.

Adam Peter Lanza, described as intelligent, but nervous and fidgety

Honouring six more victims of last week’s Newtown school shooting, the massacre of so many children, most of them just 6 or 7 years old, has shocked the United States and the world once more. Again the world could see what damage the free availability of firearms can do to a community.

Police arrive in front of the elementary school after the shooting.

After killing his own mother, who loved shooting and learned her own children how to use guns, the 20-year-old Adam Lanza carried hundreds of rounds of ammunition in extra clips to Sandy Hook Elementary School, and shot his victims repeatedly, one of them 11 times, before killing himself as well, leaving lots of questions behind him.

The impact of the shooting was felt in the business world on Tuesday when private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP said it would sell its investment in the company that makes the AR-15-type Bushmaster rifle that was used by Lanza.

Newtown, CT

Grief mixes with impatience in shattered Newtown, Connecticut – Copyright Getty Images

President Obama’s speech in Newtown, Connecticut, hailed as one of his finest, might signal a fresh determination to tackle America’s epidemic of gun violence.
On Tuesday night Mr Obama said he wanted to reinstate the ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 and would also consider curbs on high-capacity ammunition and loopholes in checks for buying guns. This is long overdue. As a candidate in 2008 he promised this action, but it has taken the fourth mass shooting of his presidency to push this issue to the top of his agenda. But today the president will tap Vice President Joe Biden to spearhead White House efforts to mold new gun and mental health policies following the Newtown shootings, a choice that could prove crucial to getting changes through Congress.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefly gave details about measures Mr. Obama would support, saying that the president would consider limits on high-capacity magazines and would back efforts to prevent people from buying guns through unlicensed dealers without a background check. Mr. Carney also said the president “actively” supports Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s (D., Calif.) proposal to ban assault weapons.

David Malet, lecturer in International Relations at University of Melbourne, says: “opposition to gun control is not a universal American value. Indeed, there is as distinct a red/blue divide on this as there is on virtually every other political and cultural issue in the country today. Tim Lynch has provided an excellent analysis of how gun control, along with abortion and virtually every other policy debate in America, has become part of the left-right ideological divide over the scope of government rather than a genuine technocratic discussion about reducing firearms violence.”

Obama is facing a lot of opposition, and when I look at discussions I had with Americans and conservative so called Christian blogs, it will not be easy to convince those weapon-lovers that it is not against the constitution to protect the American citizen by limiting the carriage and use of weapons.

National Rifle Association

National Rifle Association (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Republicans depend on their big supporters, like the National Rifle Association being the most prominent but not the only gun lobbying group in the country, who spent almost £12m to stop Mr Obama’s re-election.

English: Mystery in the woods NRA. National Ri...

Mystery in the woods NRA. National Rivers Authority? National Rifle Association? What is it? A bunker? A reservoir? A secret? Nothing on the map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republicans and the NRA share similar policy positions: 89% of Republican senators receive at least an A rating from the NRA; they also receive 88% of the NRA’s political contributions. Republicans in Congress are, for the most part, in favor of the same positions on gun control as the NRA.

Republicans and pro-gun Democrats have made tremendous strides over the past ten years. From the ending of the federal assault weapons ban to the supreme court’s reversal of many gun control measures in Washington, DC, to the legalisation of guns being transported on Amtrak trains, almost all policies put in place have been against those arguing for stronger gun safety legislation.

The powerful gun industry lobby, the National Rifle Association, broke its silence on Tuesday for the first time since the shootings, saying it was “shocked, saddened and heartbroken” and was “prepared to offer meaningful contributions” to prevent such massacres.

The NRA uses political pressure against individual lawmakers and others to press for loosening constraints on gun sales and ownership across the United States while promoting hunting and gun sports.

The group, which said it had not commented until now out of respect for the families and to allow time for mourning and an investigation, planned a news conference on Friday.

Two Democratic senators identified with gun rights, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner, have now crossed over to the lobby in favour of reform. Mr Manchin, who used a picture of himself holding a rifle in his campaign literature, said the Newtown shootings had changed the dialogue.

But the country needs many more politicians and majors, like the one from New York, who come forward and show their opposition in the media against the easy availability and use of fire guns.

Next to the freedom people come up with the right to have guns for hunting. But we notice a lot of weapons which are useless for hunting and a lot of ammunition which is not necessary in that amount. You do not need 30 rounds to go hunting. Firing off 100 rounds without reloading is not an inalienable right, and sensible restrictions both on these weapons and on their ammunition do not represent an unthinkable assault on the American constitution.

Flowers for the victims from people in Newtown

With previous mass shootings Americans brought forward that it would not have been so bad in case everybody would have carried a gun to defend himself. They forget that, for example, as one start shooting in the dark in a cinema, others would reply in the dark and shoot to the place where they see  the flickering of the shootings, and as such would shoot one after the other to persons who think they defend themselves. At the end there would be more unnecessary victims, casualties of the accident.

Also ridiculous is that people who want to buy a gun have to show an identity card to prove they are old enough, but parents just give the weapons to their small children who already start shooting in clubs when they are six years old. so any youngster can have access to any sort of weapon.

The United States maybe are “proud of” having apart from mass shootings, “only” 30,000 firearms deaths a year. That are too far too many, and now is the time to use enough pressure to do something against it.

According to the Flemish Agency for Care and Health in  2005 134 Flemings were killed by a firearm against even 89 in 2006. That was the year when the Belgian government, after the massacre of Hans Van Themsche in Antwerp, carried through a stricter weapons laws. Since then, potential buyers should demonstrate that they have a legitimate reason for firearm possession. After the law passed, the number of deaths by firearms felt. In 2008 there were still 73 deaths but in 2010 that figure dropped already to 68.
Especially the number of suicides with a firearm has taken a deep dive. In 2000, 104 Flemings robbed themself of life with a weapon. Ten years later, that number has dropped by more than half to 50.

Suicides by a fire arm can be reduced but even more criminality with such dangerous weapons can get lesser people their lives being ruined for ever.

The Columbine shootings generated more public interest, as measured by the Pew Research Center, than any other news story in 1999. Polls by Pew Research and Gallup conducted in the wake of the tragedy found increases of 6 to 8 percentage points in support for stricter gun laws.

The post-Columbine bump faded about a year later, and support for stricter gun laws remained roughly constant over the next eight years. Following the 2008 election, however, it dropped off considerably. By April 2010, Pew Research found more Americans placed greater importance on protecting the rights of gun owners (49 percent) than on restricting gun ownership (45 percent).

The movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo., earlier this year did not noticeably shift public opinion. Surveys by both Pew Research and YouGov/Economist after the killings found little or no change in overall attitudes about gun laws.

But the exceptionally horrific details of the Sandy Hook attack — in particular, the targeting of young children — raise the possibility of a change in public attitude like the one following the Columbine tragedy.

Perhaps this time we can have much more hope to see something positive happening for protecting the innocent human beings.

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Please do find:

General information about: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

US must do more to protect its children
In October the head teacher of Sandy Hook Elementary viewed her school as a model, telling the Newtown Bee newspaper in 2010: “I don’t think you could find a more positive place to bring students to every day.”

Once more the world had to face a drama in a school. The assault on Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut, by Adam Lanza, 20, who shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car then killing twenty children and six women before taking his own life.

Grief mixes with impatience in shattered Newtown, Connecticut
Mourners overlapped at back-to-back services as funerals began in earnest in a Connecticut town that lost 20 of its children and seven adults to a gunman, with emotions and tempers in tatters amid a global crush of media attention to a community once known mostly for its bucolic atmosphere and sterling school system.
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Tensions in the shattered community ran high as the grief of parents and townspeople collided with media reporting on the shootings and the funerals. Police walked children to parents waiting in cars to protect them from the cameras. Many parents yelled at reporters to leave their children and the town alone.

Newtown, CT will not be the last time tragedy strikes
For good or bad, in this age of social media including twitter, it is easier to track the coverage of this story and people’s opinions about it. I have been thinking about this constantly today, and talking with my friends and neighbors about what happened this morning.
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Do guns kill people? Yes. Do people kill people? Yes. Do we need more gun laws? Probably. Are there too many gun laws? Probably. Twitter is fired up on this issue right now. Will anything really change? Nope. Republicans will not let that happen.

I am a physician and guns are a disease

I feel guilty about the killings in Colorado.  As a doctor, those horrid events are a personal failure.  I have spent a career fighting illness, often investing hundreds of hours in a single cancer case, yet in minutes, a dozen people vanish and 58 are grievously wounded.  Another 32,000 will die this year from gunshots, over 76,000 will be crippled and I cannot keep up with this slaughter.  Why is this my fault?  Because, I am a physician and guns are a disease.
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Our society is sick with spreading Gun Disease.  It is does not matter whether a gun is legal or illegal, it adds to the carnage and fear and results in more guns.  To defend the disease because it is legal or Constitutional is irrelevant.  Breast and pancreatic cancer are legal and Constitutional, but I have never heard it said that we should stop doing cancer research because everyone has the right to get sick.   A civilized nation does not encourage disease.

As a doctor, I’m going to keep asking about guns

Let’s set aside for the moment the question of whether it’s appropriate to talk about gun control in the wake of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado (though I can’t think of a more appropriate time to talk about it). And let’s not consider whether it makes sense that it’s legal to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition on-line in the U.S, without any background check (though could it, really?) And let’s not revisit that old argument about people, and not guns, killing people (though millions of “people,’ including evil and deranged people, do seem to live in countries with negligible amounts of gun violence).

What I’m thinking about today is the role doctors and other health professionals do and should play in preventing the 30,000 deaths and many more injuries in which firearms are involved every year in the U.S.

Chris Johnson Honors All Sandy Hook Victims On MNF Shoes
There is nothing anyone on the outside can do to fix things and lessen the pain for those who are affected!

Send Love Letters To Survivors In Newtown, CT
Here’s another way you can help the victims’ families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting — and it only requires a pen, paper and love. The U.S. Post Office invites you to start sending letters, thoughts and prayers to a special post office box designed for the Newtown residents affected by Friday’s tragedy.

CNBC Video
today is the beginning of a very hard week ahead as families begin saying good-bye to their loved ones and burying those victims who did not survive this tragedy. the first funeral will be today for those victims, starting very soon. the first for 6-year-old nora whose twin sister survived the shooting in a different classroom and 6-year-old jack pinto who was big new york giants fan.
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first of all in the aftermath of the newtown tragedy, all kinds of examples of beefed up security at schools nationwide, a couple examples, a school board in pittsburgh subu authorizing police to carry guns on school property in the washington, d.c. area, a nearby fairfax county, parents got letters over the weekend alerting them to look for a more visibility police presence outside schools. back here on capitol hill, the revived gun control policy short list, especially among gun control advocates includes a call to restore the assault weapons ban.

Obama to support ban on assault weapon sales — RT »

US President Barack Obama supports a proposal from Senator Diane Feinstein (D-California) that would reinstate a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the United States.

In Dutch:

Strengere wapenwetgeving kan doden met vuurwapens beperken
De preppers en zij in de Verenigde Staten die het einde van de wereld verwachten houden zich vaak bezig met het verzamelen van wapens en met het aanleren van schieten aan hun kleine kinderen.

Ook al moet men bij een wapenaankoop in de States zich identificeren zodat geen wapen aan een minderjarige verkocht zou worden, krijgen deze dikwijls gewoon de wapens van hun ouders of nonkels.

De moeder van Adam Lanza was volgens haar schoonzus ook paranoïde en geloofde ze dat de wereld binnenkort zou vergaan. Volgens buren was zij erg verzot op schieten en was zij ook zeer actief in enkele schietclubs waar zij wenste te oefenen om zich te wapenen tegen de aanvallers en mogelijke vreemden die haar wereld zouden belage

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  • NRA goes on lockdown (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
    The go-dark strategy is unusual for an elite interest group so deeply entwined in a national controversy — even for the NRA, which released condolence statements soon after past shootings, including this summer after a gunman killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater.
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    “Sensitivity is heightened because of the holiday season and the large number of children involved,” said one longtime guns rights lobbyist. “It is also unfortunate that the other side is going to try and capitalize on this for stricter gun control.”

    Several contract lobbyists said they haven’t been deployed to Capitol Hill yet. “It’s all quiet on the home front,” one gun lobbyist said.

  • Why the next shooting massacre is (sadly) inevitable (broadsideblog.wordpress.com)
    I spent two years — 2002 to 2004 — studying how Americans think and feel and behave, how they lobby and legislate — about gun use in this country.The result is my 2004  book, “Blown Away: American Women and Guns” (Pocket Books). I’m now considered an expert on the subject.
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    Americans’ dominant ethos is self-reliance and freedom from government restriction. Any effort to limit access to guns and ammunition runs counter to this deeply held belief.
  • #Obama #seeks #complex #gun #reform (leggotunglei808.wordpress.com)
    Novelist Lionel Shriver discusses the place of the gun in US society
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    “It’s a complex problem that will require a complex solution,” Mr Carney said. “No single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem.”
  • Breaking News! 20 Children and Several Adults Shoot and Killed at Ct. Elementary School (malikalovenotes.wordpress.com)
    According to authorities two guns were found on Lanza’s body, a Glock 9 mm pistol and a Sig Sauer pistol. A Bushmaster assault rifle was found in his vehicle, and it appeases as if Lanza legally purchased the weapons himself. Now reports are surfacing claiming he was mentally challenged, So how was it possible for him to the weapons? Isn’t it suppose to be some sort of process to become a firearms owner, shouldn’t a person at least be mentally stable in addition to not having a criminal record?

    children being lead away from crime scene of elementary school shooting in Connecticut. CREDIT: AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hick

  • The Newtown Massacre and Bad Press (pochp.wordpress.com)
    America teems with gun psychos. Believe this or not, just after the Newtown shooting, a man with 47 guns threatened another school massacre
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    If the police are looking to prosecute people who misuse the media, here are some leads:
    Media Hypes NRA Power While Minimizing Public Support For Gun Violence Prevention Measures
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    The essay that triggered mommy war on media
  • An Atheists thoughts on the Newtown school shooting (allthatsevil.wordpress.com)
    If you are one of those people posting about how “it has nothing to do with guns”, “this wouldn’t happen if we had more guns”, or “gun control caused this shooting” while at the same time posting “my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Newtown shooting” or something similar. This is aimed heavily at you and for the rest of the people this is meant to serve as an informational post. Please read this with an open mind. The suggestions in the post are easy to understand and fairly easily implemented.
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    America has been the grounds of 11 of the deadliest mass shootings/massacres in the last 50 years around the world. (Finland comes in second with 2 mass shootings) So think about that for a moment, 11/20 in one country, 9 for the rest of the world.
  • Fake tears (economist.com)
    Considering the frequency with which gun massacres now occur in America, the media attention they garner, and the failure of that attention either to shift public opinion regarding gun control or to prod the political system to take any action at all, the outpouring of sentiment over the shootings Friday in Newtown, Connecticut is probably best viewed as a ritualistic exercise in mass histrionics. Not for the friends and family of those killed, obviously; for them the killings are a real and horrific tragedy.
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    a more serious effort to save the lives of some large fraction of the 30,000 people who are killed by firearms every year in America would have to involve aggressively reducing the number of handguns in circulation. This is impossible, because there are something like 300m handguns firearms out there in America by now, because many gun owners (including, apparently, the Newtown killer’s first victim, his mother) are fanatically committed to keeping these life-threatening toys around the house, and because Supreme Court precedent now holds that the second amendment guarantees an individual right to gun ownership.
  • Their safe place (calibamamom.com)
    my reality paled in comparison, and turned into an idyllic picnic in the park stacked up against what they were experiencing. A cowardly monster armed himself with several guns and walked into the one place we as parents trust, without question, to be safest for our children when they cannot be in our arms.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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7 Responses to High time to review the right to keep and bear arms

  1. marcusampe says:

    On Friday the 14th December 2012:
    President Obama on the Shooting in Connecticut

    This afternoon, President Obama made a statement from the Briefing Room on the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Watch the President’s statement on the shooting in Connecticut.

    Read President Obama’s full remarks:

    This afternoon, I spoke with Governor Malloy and FBI Director Mueller. I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.

    We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news I react not as a President, but as anybody else would — as a parent. And that was especially true today. I know there’s not a parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.

    The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.

    So our hearts are broken today — for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. Our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors as well, for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early, and there are no words that will ease their pain.

    As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it’s an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.

    This evening, Michelle and I will do what I know every parent in America will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and we’ll tell them that we love them, and we’ll remind each other how deeply we love one another. But there are families in Connecticut who cannot do that tonight. And they need all of us right now. In the hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as Americans. And I will do everything in my power as President to help.

    Because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend a hand to those in need — to remind them that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories but also in ours.

    May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

    The President also issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the tragedy, ordering U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff until sunset on December 18.

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  2. gunsafetypro says:

    So are you gonna ask politicians and celebrities to give up their bodyguards as well? Or do you think that they are the only ones who should have the right to self-defense?

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    • Marcus Ampe says:

      I my self work as an unarmed safety security officer (stipulated because of my believes) part time (because I am retired and restricted in amount of money I may earn per year). I do agree we can be beaten up severely (last year I was for the first time since 2009 one month out of work and still have the damage of the wounds brought to my body), but mostly we can tackle the difficulties without arms.

      In case no other people than army men and police and security forces can buy weapons, lots of armoury could be lessened. It is because the wrong people do have asset to weapons that it all escalates.

      I can assure you unarmed officers , working on the psychology and by reviewing the site with much care and insight can manage to find ‘wrong doers’ in time and can by their psychological insight also disarm people or detect bombs in time. (And yes I like many other colleagues have been already confronted with bombs, weapons and other dangerous material, but could protect the general public for it. & I can assure you we are a necessary asset to the community, but also can do our work properly without bearing weapons.)

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