Guns or God? (Only in America!)

Hours after the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, the Texas Attorney General did the unthinkable…[urging] more people to bring guns to church

4 thoughts on “Guns or God? (Only in America!)

  1. Japan is a country of more than 127 million people, but it rarely sees more than 10 gun deaths a year.

    If Japanese people want to own a gun, they must attend an all-day class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy during a shooting-range test. Then they have to pass a mental-health evaluation, which takes place at a hospital, and pass a background check, in which the government digs into their criminal record and interviews friends and family. They can only buy shotguns and air rifles — no handguns — and every three years they must retake the class and initial exam.

    Japan has also embraced the idea that fewer guns in circulation will result in fewer deaths.

  2. It was either the governor or the attorney general who expressed confounded wonder at the fact the shooter had failed whatever is required to get a conceal-carry license in Texas but was somehow still able to get guns. That apparently disingenuous public dumfoundery is inconsistent with a record on the part of the Republican to make sure getting guns is generally easy.

    I’ve heard it reported that one is not permitted for open carry in Texas [laws vary from state to state and so on] after failing to qualify for conceal carry. But not being authorized to carry isn’t the same thing as not being able to buy or own. (And I have seen the NRA rocker, who has been elected to the board for decades, repeatedly specify his penchant to insist on not only being entitled to buy but to bear and carry arms.)

  3. It seems to me that the obvious point is being overlooked.

    Whether someone is permitted to carry arms openly or concealed, its the availability of guns, especially assault rifles, that is the problem. A person with a gun can use it to kill people no matter what permits he may have.

    The contrast between the situation in the USA and that in Japan is blatantly obvious.


    As it turns out, of course, that opinion is deeply at odds with the beliefs of the president who nominated him for this Pentagon post. Donald Trump, for example, responded to the massacre in a Texas church by saying this “isn’t a guns situation.”

    At this point, I haven’t seen any evidence that Winslow’s nomination is now in doubt as a result of his moment of candor, though it’s not difficult to imagine Trump’s far-right allies in the NRA and elsewhere raising concerns following yesterday’s hearing.

    In theory, the assistant secretary of Defense for health affairs doesn’t have any role in shaping gun policy, so it shouldn’t necessarily matter what Winslow believes about American consumers’ access to semi-automatic assault rifles, but recent history suggests that doesn’t matter: Senate Republicans delayed President Obama’s pick for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, for more than a year because he had the audacity to describe gun violence as a public-health issue.

    The fact that the surgeon general doesn’t have a vote in crafting gun policy was deemed irrelevant.


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