What a nutty country! Of course, Trump is not the only nut; he is just the nut-in-chief.
Trump endorses guns for teachers to stop shootings
Only parts of it are nuts, millions of people have obviously had enough and students are starting to organize.
From Arizona to Washington, students walked out of schools in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students a week after their classmates were silenced by gunfire.
And in Tallahassee, Stoneman Douglas students who survived the Parkland shooting massacre chanted louder than ever: “Vote them out!”
Their words echoed through the hallways of the state Capitol, where they demanded a ban on weapons like the one used to kill their friends and teachers.
If the pathetic losers in Congress that have allowed this insanity to go on for decades are voted back in this November then I think it is fair to claim the US is a batshit crazy nation.
I was watching a CNN town-hall last night, where many of the Parkland shooting survivor students talked to leasers, including two US senators. In addition to being sad and mad about what happened to their friends and what they had to go through, I liked what they said in that gathering. However, a few of them made me feel frustrated when they said ‘we do not want to take away anyone’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms’ - my though was that they were also product of the gun-right mentality of the USA.
I thought Newt Gingrich was an educator turned politician, who one time held the position of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives. However, under his intellectual posture, he is also a gun nut, proposing arming school teachers to protect students. What a shame!
Too many people in the US are not rational about the 2nd Amendment and don’t even understand why it was created.
At that time the 2nd. Amendment was created the US was politically unstable had little resources and faced one of the greatest empires on the planet.
British forces in Canada were only miles away from US territory and could invade at any time. There were not the resources to create and support a large standing army, it was essential that there was a well trained citizens militia present to defend the nation from any possible British attack. Which in fact did happen during the war of 1812 when British forces from Canada invaded and burned the American capital.
This is where all this paranoia and patriotic hype around the 2nd. Amendment comes from.
The 2nd. Amendment makes it clear in what context US citizens have the right to bear arms.
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Unless you’re in the National Guard or the Reserves where guns are tightly controlled you are not part of a well regulated militia.
The US stopped needing to rely on “A well regulated militia” for its security over a century ago, it now has the most powerful military on the planet with “defense” spending that is greater than the next seven nations combined.
This idea of a US citizen protecting the nation with an AR-15 in his closet is insane. All these weapons are now used for is to intimidate other Americans and in far too many cases murder them outright.
The way the 2nd. Amendment is now being applied creates the opposite of security in the US, Americans have far more to fear from each other than terrorists and even war. More Americans died at home from bullets than during all the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Clearly there is a very serious problem with gun deaths in the US when it is compared to other nations.
Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. Although it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the U.S. had 82 percent of all gun deaths, 90 percent of all women killed by guns, 91 percent of children under 14 and 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed by guns. In 2010, gun violence cost U.S. taxpayers approximately $516 million in direct hospital costs.
The US Constitution is not written in stone, right now the republican party is in near total denial of the provisions contained in the US Constitution to guarantee voters rights for millions of Americans creating requirements that will in fact disenfranchise many based on bogus claims of voter “fraud”.
But they will not budge on an Amendment that is all but useless and is deadly to tens of thousands of Americans every year.
There is nothing patriotic in adamantly supporting the 2nd. Amendment no matter how much death it is causing the way it is now being applied, just as there is no patriotism in denying more and more Americans the right to vote.
I hope these young people get their act together, help vote out the totally corrupt politicians who take money from groups like the gun lobby then refuse to make changes to law that will actually protect Americans even if does hurt their donor masters.
The 2nd. Amendment needs to be amended or it will keep enabling the murder for money of thousands of Americans a year.