Sunday, June 12, 2016

Safe bets in wake of Orlando massacre

A short list - - and may I be proven wrong:

* The National Rifle Association, funded by gun manufacturers, will send thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, no-comment or evade the homophobic underpinning of the massacre, push the Muslim terrorist narrative to the hilt and fancifully suggest that the two high-powered guns, especially the AR-15 which the shooter took into club could have been countered - -  amid the noise, music, lights and 2:00 A.M. closing time and close quarters din - - by pistol-packing dancing nightclub attendees and heavily-armed guards stationed inside.

*  And because of the power of the NRA, gun sale laws will not be tightened nationally. Right-wingers in the US Congress made sure there was no move towards reasonable gun control even after 26 school children and their educations were massacred in Newtown, Connecticut.

If the Congress would bow to the NRA in the face of that disaster, it will freeze and flinch on cue in the face of this massacre, and just about anything.

*  Gun sales will spike this week, as they have in the past after high-profile massacres, (and Pres. Obama's election victories, too.)

Dealers will sell out of AR-15's. 
I believe the AR-15 used in Orlando was a Bushmaster, and some buyers completely in thrall to their dark sides will seek out that very item.

Some sales will be to new owners, but data has shown that a declining number of owners has been documented as the buyer of a relatively large numbers of guns - - and I haven't seen data to contradict these 2012 published findings - - so many sales this week will add to stockpiling already underway:

A decreasing number of American gun owners own two-thirds of the nation's guns and as many as one-third of the guns on the planet -- even though they account for less than 1% of the world's population, according to a CNN analysis of gun ownership data. 
The data, collected by the Injury Prevention Journal, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the General Social Survey and population figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, found that the number of U.S. households with guns has declined, but current gun owners are gathering more guns.
So who feels safer now, especially since the Orlando shooter had all the proper licenses to serve as an armed security guard, meeting the NRA's definition of 'the good guy with a gun." 


Ralph said...

But your not going to bring politics into this tragedy at all are you???? Not going to bring gun control in at all.

Anonymous said...

...and if there were an assault weapons ban, there would be no way for him to commit this type of act, right?

If I remember correctly, Timothy McVeigh did it with fertilizer. 9/11 was done with box cutters and airplanes. A guy early in the century did it with TNT below a schoolhouse in Bath, MI

While understandably emotional, your ideas of an assault weapons ban wouldn't really prevent anything like this from occurring. The people just find other means to do it.