22 July 2012

Arma virumque

The student shooter apprehended in Aurora, CO legally possessed two .40 calibre Glock handguns, an AR-15 assault rifle, a Remington 12 gauge shotgun, and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

What questions does this raise? In the US apparently not many.

It's never the right time to talk gun control in America — we go right from "too soon" to "it's forgotten".


New York Times, 24 July 2012:
Surveys show support for gun control has never been lower. An annual Gallup poll of the issue in October last year found that for the first time, a majority, 53%, opposed a ban on semiautomatic guns, or assault rifles, and a record low 26% favoured banning handguns. Support for stricter laws was down in all subgroups, with 64% of Democrats favouring stricter laws, 37% of independents and 31% of Republicans.

Right now, after the Aurora shooting, gun sales have been escalating in Colorado and throughout the United States. Yet there has been not the slightest move to control arms in the US.

President Obama has been vaguely calling for better vetting of persons who have weapons, and observing that assault weapons belong in the military, not on the streets. The most vocal and consistent call for change comes from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the affiliated Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.