We all seem to have become desensitised

  Forum Editor 09:37 15 Feb 2018
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to mass shootings in America - so much so, that yet another horrific incident at a school hasn't yet been mentioned here.

Donald Trump has sent his usual condolences and prayers to those who have lost loved ones, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio has trotted out the - by now familiar - statement that it is too soon to tell whether tighter gun control laws would have prevented such an outrage.

Donald Trump is on record as saying that his promise to gun-owning Americans is that he will "never, ever" do anything to threaten the second amendment. Pressure will mount, however and it will be interesting to see if it has any real effect. Increasing numbers of American citizens are realising that something has to be done to stop the awful tide of mass killings in their country.

If you take the American Gun violence archive's definition, a mass shooting is any incident in which four or more people are shot by a single person in the same location at the same time. That being the case, there were 307 mass shootings in America in 2017 alone and the five worst incidents in American history have all occurred in the past ten years.

Something is quite obviously going seriously wrong, and it doesn't take a genius to work out that easy access to guns is at the bottom of it. A gun can turn a normally weak, ineffectual person with a grudge into a killing machine and there is never a shortage of such people in any society. In this context the only difference between America and most other countries is that any American over the age of 18 can buy a shotgun or rifle simply by filling in a form. A short phone call to carry out a background check ensues, and the gun is handed over. Children younger than 18 may possess guns that were given to them by parents or guardians as gifts, provided that they have written permission.

Some States allow handguns to be carried openly on the streets or in cars without permits of any kind.

To most of us, it is incomprehensible but in America it is considered a fundamental right and that is the huge problem facing advocates of stricter gun control laws.

  Quickbeam 07:42 24 Feb 2018

Go for it citizens of the USA, go for it!

  Quickbeam 17:50 01 Mar 2018

Has something started this time with Walmart & Dicks introducing self imposed minimum age limits of 21 to purchase firearms?

  bumpkin 20:35 01 Mar 2018

Just the picture of the shop amazed me. Is this what you find on American High streets.

  bumpkin 20:39 01 Mar 2018

Just popping out to the shops dear for a loaf of bread, some milk and an AK47.

  Aitchbee 21:04 01 Mar 2018

Just the picture of the shop amazed me.

Me too.

That must be the norm in the Wild West.

  Aitchbee 21:46 01 Mar 2018

... probably got saloon-type doors too, like wot they've got in the ol' Westerns movies.

  Quickbeam 06:39 02 Mar 2018

They stil have the Wyatt Earp mentality in some states!

  Menzie 17:30 02 Mar 2018

And another incident...

click here

  Quickbeam 16:47 10 Mar 2018

Is there a growing mood for a change?

If there is, it's ironic that it might happen on Trump's watch!

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