Because a rant is in order (and it’s neverending)

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

I wasn’t gonna write about this, since it seems everyone has already said everything there is to say. But actually, I realized I was pissed off – I need to vent.

The Newtown killings. Yeah. Well. What can you say other than there are evil people out there. We always explain it by saying they’re sick fucks, but really, some people are just evil.

Yesterday our local radio show said that Ke$ha’s song, Die Young, had been taken from the air (Ke$ha? Really? With a $? Are you fucking kidding me? And who is this person?) And that set me off.

I can understand people don’t want to hear about dying young, but c’mon here people, it’s a SONG. Wouldn’t it make more sense to change the gun laws in the US? You can buy guns at Walmart ferchrissake! That’s just so many levels of wrong, that I can’t even begin to catalog them.

Yes, I get it. Americans love their guns. I have no problem with people who hunt for food. More power to you, actually knowing where dinner comes from. I couldn’t. I’m one of those hypocrites who prefer to believe that meat is produced in Styrofoam plates.

You love skeet shooting? Go for it! Those little clay plates deserve to explode.

You really really feel you need to have a gun to protect your family? I can sort of begin to understand that, except for the fact that most people who are shot by “family” guns are members of the family. Not so great. And please, don’t shoot me if I ask to borrow a cup of flour. I’m notoriously bad at keeping track of what’s in my pantry. I’m mostly harmless, really I am.

Hell, I quite liked the dismantling and putting back together of guns when I was in the army. For two weeks. Until they said such and such a gun kills more targets, at which point I was out of there. Grow some balls and admit you’re killing more people. People. Not targets

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. So goes the stupid cliché. But if less people have less guns, less people will die. Mathematical. No private citizen, no one outside the army needs an assault weapon. I’m sorry, you do not need a 30 round semi-automatic Glock (does that even exist? Dunno but it sounds good!) to defend yourself. Even in the US.

Change the fucking gun laws and there might be less Columbines, Virgina techs, or Newtowns. Shall we look at some stats ? (full article)

The rate of people killed by guns in the US is 19.5 times higher than similar high-income countries in the world. In the last 30 years there have been at least 61 mass murders. Here’s a timeline of mass shootings in the US since the Columbine High massacre:

December 11, 2012 – Jacob Tyler Roberts killed two people in Clackamas Town Center, Oregon.

September 27, 2012 – Five were shot to death and three wounded by Andrew Engeldinger in Minneapolis, MN.

August 5, 2012 – Six Sikh temple members were killed and four injured when Wade Michael Page opened fire in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

July 20, 2012 – James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 58 during a movie premiere in Aurora, CO.

May 29, 2012 – Ian Stawicki opened fire in Seattle, WA, killing five.

April 6, 2012 – Jake England and Alvin Watts shot five black men in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three died.

April 2, 2012 –One L. Goh killed seven people at Oikos University Oakland, CA.

February 27, 2012 – Three students were killed by Thomas Lane, another student, in Chardon, OH. Three others were injured.

October 14, 2011 – Eight people died in a shooting at a hair salon in Seal Beach, CA.

September 6, 2011 – Eduardo Sencion, shot 12 people in Carson City, NV. Five died.

January 8, 2011 – Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by Jared Loughner in Tucson, AZ. Six people died and 19 total were shot.

August 3, 2010 – Omar S. Thornton, killed eight people and injured two in Manchester, CT after getting caught stealing beer.

November 5, 2009 –Thirteen were killed and 29 wounded by Nidal Malik Hasan at the Fort Hood army base in Texas.

April 3, 2009 – Jiverly Wong opened fire at an immigration center in Binghamton, New York killing 13 people and wounding four.

March 29, 2009 – Robert Stewart killed eight people in a shooting in Carthage, NC.

February 14, 2008 – Steven Kazmierczak opened fire at Northern Illinois University, killing six and wounding 21.

February 7, 2008 – Six people died and two were injured in Kirkwood, Missouri by Charles Lee Thornton.

December 5, 2007 –Robert Hawkins, shot up a department store in Omaha, NE killing nine and wounding four.

April 16, 2007 – Virginia Tech became the site of the deadliest school shooting in US history when a student, Seung-Hui Choi, gunned down 56 people. Thirty-two people died in the massacre.

February 12, 2007 – In Salt Lake City five people were shot to death and four others were wounded by gunman Sulejman Talović.

October 2, 2006 –Charles Carl Roberts, Roberts shot five Amish girls and wounded six others in an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster PA

March 25, 2006 – Seven died and two were injured by Kyle Aaron Huff in Seattle, WA.

March 21, 2005 –Jeffrey Weise killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend before killing nine and injuring five at a high school.

March 12, 2005 – Terry Michael Ratzmann killed nine and wounded four in Brookfield, WI.

July 8, 2003 – Doug Williams, shot 14 people, killing seven in Meridian, MS

December 26, 2000 –Michael McDermott shot and killed seven coworkers in Wakefield, MA.

September 15, 1999 – Larry Gene Ashbrook killed seven people and wounded seven others in Fort Worth, TX

July 29, 1999 – Mark Orrin Barton, killed 12 including his family and injured 13 in Atlanta.

April 20, 1999 –Eric Harris and Dylan Kiebold shot up Columbine High School in Littleton, CO killing 13 people and wounding 21 others.

That’s eight in 2012 alone. Nine with Newtown. NINE!

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But with the help of guns they kill a helluva lot more.

Gun control wouldn’t work? It does. Case in point, Australia who arguably has the most stringent gun laws of all western countries. After a massacre in the 90s they cracked down. As far as I can tell, nothing like that has happened since.

I don’t have the answers really, hell, I’m not even American, but something obviously needs to be done. How can people, even those crazy ass NRA types, not see this?

I really don’t get it.

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Comments
  1. mrwriteon says:

    Fabulous rant. I mean that seriously. You covered the ground with a lot of things that are in my heart about the whole matter. And then to top it off you get those uber right wing, homophobic, misogynistic religioso c..ts blaming it on gays, abortion, women teachers, atheists or combos of the lot coming out after the fact and offering their vomit-inducing opinions. I love the US and love traveling there, but why do so many Americans have to come across like fucktards over issues like this?

  2. Please, please don’t view all Americans as gun-loving. Many of us are very much in favor of tighter gun control laws. But who you hear from are the exceedingly vocal right wingers who call it a freedom issue.

    • Jazz says:

      Oh, Sweetie, I don’t. I know lots of Americans, both family and friends, and other than one person, they’re all proponents of gun control. I think most Americans are. It’s just that there’s a nasty vocal fringe that gets all the airtime.

  3. Rachel says:

    HEAR HEAR!

    omg, there is so much debate about that going on in the states it’s frustrating. I’ve got over conservative relatives posting carp on my and my sister’s walls on Facebook. My sis has a 6 year old boy and they used to live one town over from Newtown, and my sis is so angry, because it could have been him that got killed. And these gun worshipping Wachovia are coming in and basically saying that collateral damage is just the way it has to be for “freedom”, completely ignoring the fact that semi automatic weapons are not necessary for freedom. HAH!

  4. Jocelyn says:

    The U.S. is ten steps beyond idiotic when it comes to guns and the “right” to carry them. It makes me NUTS.

    And I’ve just finally made it through a day without bursting into tears when I think of those kids and teachers.

  5. pinklea says:

    Each one of those incidents is so awful to contemplate one at a time, but together, those stats are incredibly horrifying! Newtown was especially hard for me to hear about, as an elementary school teacher and a mother. But I believe that I and every teacher I know would also have tried to protect those kids in our care for those six or so hours every day. It’s just so, so sad.

    I just don’t get the overall American mentality, that they “need” guns to “protect” themselves. What are people who think like that so bloody afraid of?!? Me, I’d be afraid of all the guns everywhere!

    • Jazz says:

      I have no idea what they’re afraid of. The zombie apocalypse maybe? The end of the world? Damn, I missed the end of the world! I was in the shower… Without a gun.

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