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Gun control is an attack on freedom? Bullshit

Another mass shooting at a school in the United States. Seventeen people murdered.
As usual, opponents of gun control talk about “freedom”.

Is it freedom that children are terrified to go to school?

Is it freedom that the Second Amendment, including “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” was ratified in 1791 and is still defended today?

Is it freedom that weapons of war, deadly semi-automatic assault rifles can be bought legally?

Is it freedom that schools need to have active shooter drills?

Is it freedom that bulletproof backpacks are being marketed to school children?

Is it freedom that an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle has been used in five of the six deadliest mass shootings of the past six years in the United States?

Is it freedom that schools in the United States need to have metal detectors?

Is it freedom that since 2000 there have been 188 shootings at schools and universities in the United States?

Is it freedom that the National Rifle Association was promoting a Valentine’s Day-themed tweet encouraging people to buy guns for their loved ones?

Is it freedom that third-graders in Missouri were selling raffle tickets for the first prize of an AR-15, the rifle that was used in the Florida school mass shooting?

Is it freedom that President Donald Trump signed a bill blocking Obama-era background checks on guns for people with mental illnesses?

Is it freedom that children are continually being murdered in United States schools
with high-powered assault weapons?

Is it freedom that President Trump’s solution is for teachers to be armed?

No, it’s not freedom, it’s insane.

Land of the free and home of the brave? Hardly.
The school children cowering under their desks are brave.

Politicians will be when they finally act on gun control to stop the slaughter.

©Steve Williams 2018

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America — land of the free, home of the loud

Dear people of America…

I love your country. It has given us so much: wardrobe malfunctions, the Ferris Wheel, the pop-up toaster, chocolate chip cookies, Elvis, windscreen wipers and cheese-in-a-can.

But one question, why are you so f’ing loud when you travel?

By “loud”, I’m not talking about the blinding-white sandshoes, mismatched migraine-inducing clothes, stupid hats and mandatory “fanny pack”.

No, I’m talking about loud as in volume.

Is it really necessary for entirely unsuspecting, innocent people in a hotel lobby / restaurant / bus / train / plane / cafe / whatever / wherever to hear absolutely EVERY SINGLE WORD OF YOUR CONVERSATION? Really?

I realise it’s a well-worn, overused, hackneyed, clichéd stereotype, but seriously, you people are living it — loud and unfortunately very clear.

After my eardrums were recently on the receiving end of an aural attack, it finally dawned on me what that American term “DEFCON” means: “You’re deaf, so this conversation has to be at full volume.”

In closing, I hope the star spangled banner continues to wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave et al, but can you just keep it down a bit?


PS, If you’re travelling to a country where English isn’t the first language, speaking at restaurant staff at the top of your voice won’t instantly make them fluent in “your language”.

PPS, The “h” in the word “herb” doesn’t need to be silent.

PPPS, The word “fanny” has a somewhat different meaning in other parts of the world.

©Steve Williams 2013

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