At the time, the prime minister, John Howard, said, “We do not want the American disease imported into Australia.” The laws have worked. The American Journal of Law and Economics reported in 2010 that firearm homicides in Australia dropped 59 percent between 1995 and 2006. In the 18 years before the 1996 laws, there were 13 gun massacres resulting in 102 deaths, according to Harvard researchers, with none in that category since.The America disease?
It's the guns, stupid!
Sometime ago, I was so unguarded as to come right out and say that I thought something was really pathetically wrong with the gun culture in this country.
Boy, did I get jumped on by the RKBA claque that hangs around to jump on people like me to silence them. A case of a misinterpretation of the Second Amendment stomping the hell all over the First Amendment, like my right to free speech.
But the God damned disease has gone too far. Fuck! It went too damned far years ago but the assholes wouldn't listen and they stomped the hell out of anyone who said otherwise.
But I am going to repeat the following over and over and over again:
We must have a long and serious and detailed and in-depth discussion of the horrific amount of recurring gun violence in this nation.
The discussion should have begun years ago.
A misinterpretation of the Second Amendment has trumped the First Amendment.
The opening provision of the Second Amendment reads:“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State ... “The security of a free state is encoded in the First Amendment. It must be remembered that the First Amendment, first and foremost of the amendments, is meant to be protected by the provisions of the Second Amendment.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
In other words, “Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...”
But, persons who have maliciously chosen to misinterpret the Second Amendment to say that it speaks only of individual ownership of guns have also traitorously silenced the first and primary freedoms of a free State delineated in the First Amendment – and we, the citizens of that supposed Free State, are not allowed to discuss gun violence in this nation.
As a result, gun violence in every possible nook and cranny of this supposed Free State erupts over and over and over again.
We must restore the First Amendment. We must be free to act as citizens of a Free State protected by the provisions of the Second Amendment, and we must have a long and serious and detailed discussion of the horrific amount of recurring gun violence in this nation.