Hey guys, it has been a while since I last took up this issue but guess what there’s been yet another shooting at a school in the United States, there have been nine since the beginning of this year and let’s not forget about those other shootings not taking place at a school. Sure the politicians have offered their thoughts and prayers but that’s about it. There has been no movement on an assault weapons ban or moratorium, a strengthening of background checks or really any great ideas in general. Trump has had quite the time with this suggesting that teachers should be armed and placed the blame on just about anything but guns. Trump pointed toward the violence in video games and movies as a contributing factor and he even he floated an idea of a rating system for movies.
Yet, looking around the world you can find places like Australia, Canada and Japan where they have the same access or more to violent media (video games and movies) and they have fewer gun deaths. I mean to get a gun in Japan, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once a month, take and pass a shooting range class getting at least a 95% on it, head over to a hospital for tests (mental and drug), which you’ll file with the police. Then it’s on to a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. After you own a gun you need to provide police with documentation on the location of the gun and ammo in your home, which must be locked and stored separately. Then yearly you need to have the police inspect the gun and every three years you need to to retake the class and exam to maintain ownership. This is a bit more involved than in the US. Sure the Second Amendment declares that “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.” You can take this in several directions, one that anything that looks like a gun counts, or one might say a reasonable weapon like all manual weapons are fine or even one could think of it as what the Founding Father would recognize as arms so like anything that was a single shot and/or manual repeating would be fine but automatic and semi-automatics are just plain witchcraft. There as many opinions about what this right means and it seems that everyone neglects the first part of it about the militia or as it’s know as today the National Guard. We all know the saying opinions are like asshole and everyone’s got one.
The most inspiring thing about this whole incident is the students who are all making themselves heard. It seems like the #metoo movement and hopefully it will have a similar impact. These are nice example of what can happen, but we are going to have to wait and see what all happens. I know that this problem isn’t going to solve itself over night or even in a few months but it would be nice if in the next couple of years we could see and hear less about Mass Shootings in the news.