Take away semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines and there can still be mass murder.
I gave myself ten minutes to come up with several ways to commit mass murder without a gun. It was easier than I imagined it would be. Scenarios involving: fire, home made bombs, cars, trains, poison, night clubs, hospitals, apt buildings, street festivals –all with legal items, or easy to obtain illegal items.
It’s not about guns. By the way, most handguns bought today are also “semi auto” and have high capacity mags. Take away the guns and people bent on mass murder can still pull it off. Sure, guns are easier, but the other ways are also easy.
We refuse to look at why people kill.
Happy, Healthy brains do not kill.
People on pharmaceuticals kill.
People with improper nutrition kill –this is a huge topic that I’m glossing over, but I’m talking about “metal illness”, cellular metabolic issues where people are seriously lacking in CRITICAL vitamins in their bodies that are needed for their brains to function properly.
We eat toxic food and drink toxic water and take toxic medicine and we are sick.
We are the fattest country (which is a toxin indicator), we take the MOST medication, we are the most medically neglected –and those who do seek “medicine” seek out the Western Medicine approach of symptom suppression. When will our leadership stand up and start talking about THAT?
HAVE THE PROPER CONVERSATION.
Read about Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer, Orthomolecular medicine and mental health. Read about the people who actually cured their sick brains with Vit C and Niacin. Not with psychotropic medications that actually have violence as a potential side effect.
As for the Second Amendment and all that “musket” talk… yes. Everyone had muskets back then… EVERY. ONE.
Match fire power for fire power. If the gov’t and police and criminals go back to muskets, then I’m cool with everyone having muskets. But until then I’ll keep my semi-auto guns with high capacity magazines.
What happened was horrible. I’m not trying to be cold.
But we are having the wrong conversation, and while gun crimes have gone down in countries that banned guns, those countries also are not as fucked up as we Americans are –raised on poison and hate –it’s all through our history. Put you flag down for a minute and take another look at history. When haven’t we been shitty to people who are different? It’s our sick culture and we have sick brains.
Have the right conversation or nothing will change.
Edit to add: I keep getting people saying, “Australia, Australia, Australia!” in my general direction. Mass murders have not stopped in Australia. Snowtown Murders 12 bodies found in acid barrels, Childers Queensland Arson attack 15 dead, Churchhill Fire 10 dead, Lin Family murders 5 dead from being beat with a blunt instrument, Quaker Hill Nursing home fire 11 dead, Cairns Child killings 8 children stabbed to death –and that list doesn’t include the gun killings because YES, there have still been gun killings: Logan Shooting 3 dead, Hunt Family Murders 5 dead, Hectorville Seige 3 dead, Monash University Shooting 2 dead 5 injured.
Australia has 23.9 million people, the USA has almost ten times as many people. The USA has the highest prescription drugs use of any country, certainly more black box warning drugs where side effects are depression, suicide and all around murderous rage. I personally was rx’d a seizure med (Keppra) that made me want to kill people. It’s not about fucking guns for the love of all that is fucking holy. Stop comparing us to Australia unless you want to break down the numbers and do it right.