Guns Don’t Kill People, Trigger Fingers Do

trigger fingerWe’ve all heard that saying Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  Well, yes, but what if there were not easy access to guns, of all sorts, not just assault weapons. (And really, can any gun not be considered an assault weapon?)

Here’s a simple way to stop the madness, short of banning (or making it really hard) individuals from owning guns.

Cut off the trigger fingers of all males at birth. That’s right.  No trigger finger, no gun killing.  Simple?  Why only males you ask? Well, who commits most of the gun violence in this country?  Males.  Anger. Testosterone. Whatever, it’s much more concentrated in the male of the species.  So we’ll start there.

What about the need for soldiers?  What about police officers, and even hunters?  And of course, people being adaptable, wouldn’t they just learn to use another finger, and haven’t people been known to shoot with their toes?

All right, you have a point. But how about this.  In the UK, where hand gun ownership was strictly regulated in the 90’s, not a single mass killing of the type we saw this week at the school in Connecticut has happened. And AustraliaThey have similar laws with similar results.  There must be something to it.

So isn’t it likely that there is some, call me irrational, correlation between the easy procurement of mass killing weapons and their use for mass killing?

And yes, I was disappointed that Obama did not utter those words, so loathed by the NRA, “Gun Control.”

Oh I listen to the talk shows. I hear the people who call in saying the answer to gun violence is more guns. Why if those teachers had been armed, they could have taken care of the problem with  minimal death and carnage.

And of course I am familiar with the old saw “If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.”  Well, that just doesn’t cut it anymore.  We outlaw drunk driving don’t we?  We outlaw meth production.  Yes, those things still go on.  And prohibition is not the sole answer. Clearly, there are too many angry, disaffected people out there.  We do need more mental health options, better schools, jobs,  maybe even a national program for restorative justice, instead of our obsession with retribution and revenge.

We live in a culture of hate and violence.  It’s on our TV’s, including the nightly news.  We spend more on wars than on growing a healthy society. We live in fear.  Radio personalities tell us to fear our government. Paranoia is a national pastime.

dotty lemieuxWe have Congress people trembling before the alter of the National Rifle Association.

As I watched one of my favorite all time classic feel good All American holiday movies, A Christmas Story, last night, I couldn’t help but cringe that the plot of that whole show revolved around one little boy’s desire for a bb gun.

Dotty LeMieux
Green Dog Democrats

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

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  1. Mark M says

    It is people like you who are running this country into the ground. You say stupid things and have no idea what you are talking about. See the FACTS below. Plus look up the gun study on England and you find similar results. Do not say things like they are facts until you know them. In fact no study has ever shown that banning guns limits crime. The criminals are not going to turn their guns in. Wake up and spend your time on something useful, like changing abortion, which by the way has killed 53 million since Roe v Wade.

  2. Reverend Draco says

    Here’s the results of the Australian gun ban that you might have missed.
    Armed Robberies are UP 69%.
    Assaults Involving Guns are UP 28%.
    Gun Murders are UP 19%.
    Home Invasions – a crime for which Australia didn’t even have laws before the gun ban because it never happened – are UP 21%

    Another funny thing – Switzerland has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world. . . and the lowest crime rate.

    “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms…disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    Britain’s crime stats follow a pattern similar to Australia’s: a 40% increase in handgun related crime in the first two years after the gun ban took effect, and a doubling of gun-related crime in the first decade after the gun ban took effect.

    Crawl back into the gutter you crawled out of. . .

  3. Joseph Maizlish says

    Along with guns and mental illness there is a factor in violence less likely to be mentioned by political “leadership” than either of those: social/economic inequality. In their “The Spirit Level: Why equality makes societies stronger” (2009) Richard Wilkerson and Kate Pickett have a section on violence which presents studies which showed much higher rates of voilence in more unequal societies. Their sources and interpretations suggest that especially young males in the more unequal societies experience a level of status insult and frustration which can lead to higher rates of violence. Add guns, fingers, and personality vulneratilities, perhaps bullying, job loss or job loss fears, etc. and there we go!

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