Human horror. Shout for it to stop!

How bad does it have to get?  For the right to buy a machine gun the Americans are prepared to accept untold numbers of deaths.  It’s the Americans’ call.  However, the world watches as those poor Muslims from Myanmar are ethnically cleansed.  No one seems to give a damn.

I’ve already ranted on about the turncoat Aung Saan Suu Kyi, but I should also not forget those evil military leaders in Myanmar who actually carry out these atrocities.  The UN has called the issue ethnic cleansing but that hasn’t changed a thing on the ground.  Poor old Bangladesh which is one of the poorest nations on earth is doing its best to accommodate the massing refugee burden, and the poor refugees keep coming.

I feel like swearing in print, why weren’t we born as common flies surely we wouldn’t be so cruel and disgusting to our fellows.  The world is building aircraft carriers,  nuclear subs, nuclear warheads, sleeker aircraft and smart vacations spots for the rich and still the refugees march on through the miseries that are their lives.

Should we not be ashamed of our collective uselessness, our callous disregard for our fellow humans.  Shout!  Shout for it to stop.

4th March 1789

That was the date the US Congress met in New York and issues amendments to the original Constitution of the United States.

The second amendment states:

“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.”

The United States was in the throes of its beginning, there were only 13 states in the Union.  The war against the imperial power was won but independence was but 13 years old.  Anarchy reigned, though there was a huge amount of positive action by the founding fathers.  Although slavery was enshrined in the constitution it continued for many years to come even after the civil war of 1850’s.

The right to bear arms in a vast country in the throes of a great expansion and a violent political era certainly enhanced the case of that right.  Looking back it seems to make some sense.  The years that followed were violent indeed and for the best part of the next 100 years the United States was anything but united and an extremely violent place.

There were parallels in Europe where there were almost continuous theatres of war throughout the eighteenth century. Yet, here the populace was not armed to the teeth despite the almost continuous conflict and the angst after the treaty of Vienna in 1815.

So why today is the second amendment “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” so literally enacted to the point where mass shootings in Las Vegas have become the norm?

The figures are horrendous: Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.

School shootings: There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.

All shootings: Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured [those figures exclude suicide]. Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted.

Is it that the American nation has evolved in a way where personal independence is paramount to the greater good? Is it that they are one hysterical bunch of lunatics that have created a national monster, at once a home of democracy but also the home of unbridled violence? Will they ever see that gun control in a civilized society is the only way.  The world is already overloaded with hatred, what we don’t need is a bunch of self-centred egocentric idiots shooting randomly at innocent people.

America leads the world!  It sure is a crazy place.

Brexit – Confusion – the poem.

Britain looks back to its former glory

Revising history and dreams of epochs new

Excluding friends and mistaking foes

Xenophobes moaning about empty nursing stations

Isolated, insular and dreaming still of money power

Trading, trashing, cashing in and cashing out.

 

Brave New Britain, breaks with bureaucrats

Racing outward and razing the bonds of Brussels

Escaping chains and euro notes and promises

eXiting the strangling weight of unknown faces

Illuminating the new world with influential freedom

Transforming trade for all our world

 

Blind and bothered, we are ashamed,

reviewing backward brave or silly votes

Entreating others to show the way

eXpecting leaders to know what’s what

Intelligence absent across the plot!

Tell us, pray,  when? where? and what?

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