“a great moment in American history”

28 Jun

Gun lobby victory as every American’s right to bear arms upheld by ruling

Supporters of gun rights in the US won a major legal victory today, when the highest court in the country ruled that an individual’s constitutional right to bear arms applied to every corner of the country and throughout its 50 states. (Ed Pilkington, Guardian.co.uk, 28 June 2010)

Well now, that is just swell. I’m so glad I’m living in the land of the free, where every single one of the 309,611,754 citizens has the god-given right to bear weapons that maim, injure and kill.

I think this is going to have to be one of those moments when, as a stranger in a strange land, I’m just going to have to throw my hands up and declare: I just don’t get it. I mean, look what Mr National Rifle Association Chief has to say on the decision:

The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre called it “a great moment in American history”

On the other hand, at least some people in this place seem to be talking sense:

The Violence Policy Center said: “People will die because of this decision. The gun lobby and gunmakers are seeking nothing less than the complete dismantling of our nation’s gun laws.” The centre estimates that 30,000 people die in the US every year through gun violence.

I retire befuddled and discombobulated.

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2 Responses to ““a great moment in American history””

  1. Alexei June 29, 2010 at 16:07 #

    Nice word (discom.) and an interesting article.

    Changing the subject somewhat, is there much interest in the World Cup over there? I’d enjoy an article on this if there’s anything you can think of. Love, Alexei

    • rebeccainspace July 19, 2010 at 00:57 #

      yes America got very into the world cup as far as I could see.

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