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Sunday, 16 December 2012

The influence of the Gun Lobby.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/piers-morgan-newtown-kids-die-gun-control_n_2307357.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

 Piers Morgan: 'How Many More Kids Have To Die' Before New Gun Control Laws (VIDEO)
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hA4827iQWY



Piers Morgan Takes Down Gun Lobbyists

 Firstly, let us understand one thing. It is not guns that kill people. It is people who kill people. Having established that simple fact, there is undoubtedly a compelling argument for having the strictest gun control legislation, not only here in the UK, but every other country where gun crime is epidemic. Unfortunately, the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, (and confirmed by in rulings by the Supreme Court in 2008 and 2010), ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State says: "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" This amendment, adopted on December 15, 1791, in different times and for totally different reasons, has been used for the past 220 years, as justification for the retention of weapons such as assault rifles, LMG's and other clearly military firearms in "civilian" hands as well as the standard automatic and revolver type and guns. The weapons have clearly changed since 1791, and equally clearly,  the reasons for having personal possession of such weapons are no longer valid. Not that this logic would have any effect what so ever on the mind set of the "Gun lobby" who are so powerful in American politics and have been for so many years. I am not Piers Morgan's greatest fan, but in this snippet of the interview his reasoned (and passionate) arguments are logical and accurate. It is the "Gun lobby" who show how shallow their reasoning actually is. It seems clear to me that there is another agenda which determines the continuation of the status quo. The arms trade is big business for America and other nations, with sales running to trillions of £ or $ every year. In the United States, a significant sum of money is spent by ordinary Americans on the purchase of weapons both from domestic suppliers and imported from other countries. With this amount of money to be made, it is not surprising that vested interests will seek to ensure that the primary source of their wealth is protected. With so much money to "invest" in political parties and individual campaigns across the United States, it is unlikely that any Congress or State legislature will ever introduce any meaningful restrictions on gun ownership or usage. As far as the 2nd Amendment with all its ramifications is concerned, the "Gun lobby" will ensure that any prospect of a modification or repeal will be a long way in the future if at all.