I found this cover both interesting and appalling. In the wake of the 13/11 attacks in Paris and in the aftermath of the San Bernardino mass shooting, the US have been questioning their gun laws. The purchase of guns is too easy and most of Republicans jib at reshuffling the current gun legislation. It is always argued that the right to bear a gun is enshrined in the Constitution, change the guns law is to change the Constitution and that is anti-democratic… Worst still, Texans assess that displaying their guns in the street is the solution to deter criminals from doing bad things. Just like Ted Cruz stated:” You don’t stop bad guys by taking away our guns. You stop bad guys by using our guns”. Well that is pie in the sky to me.
Eric Drooker’s cover in the New York Times ( the 14th December of 2015) points out that human madness. Guns beget violence, no matter what it is said. Proliferation of weapons is horribly soaring in the US with over 300 million guns in private hands. Just like “Shopping days”, guns are accessible to anyone who is willing to pay the price.
In Australia, in the wake of the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, gun laws have been immediately changed. The State has since banned semi-automatic rifles and shot guns. It also has implemented universal background checks to prevent insane people and terrorists from getting a gun. Afterwards mass shootings and homicides have relentlessly decreased. Port Arthur was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Unlike Austria, it seems that the US never sees that harmful straw. Unfortunately President Obama’s tears will not be enough to tilt the balance in favor of a structural change.
Text inspired by The New York Times
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