Thursday, February 22, 2018

Guns and Freedom: A False Equivalency

The survivor youth of the Parkland Florida shooting see the duplicity of politician's sympathy.  Action to prevent gun violence is what the survivors are looking for, not words.  Senator Rubio accepted over $3,000,000 in NRA funding and received its A+ rating. The hypocrisy of his offering sympathy is as obvious as it is offensive.  

Mr. Rubio argues that no law would have prevented the Parkland massacre.  The evidence is otherwise.  Austraila has virtually eliminated mass shootings since passing its 1997 law banning semi-automatic and other weapons.  The US has never had such a ban so Mr. Rubio has no basis for arguing that a law will not prevent gun massacres.  That Mr. Rubio and others are unwilling to experiment with a ban that might protect children, may hint at the size of the monster he and other legislators created when they accepted funding from the NRA.  Banning future sales of automatic and semi-automatic weapons is one thing.  Collecting those currently owned is another.  Perhaps the politicians' fear is that they will become targets and a revolt of sorts will ensue.  Maybe.  But a ban has to start sometime.  

That the US is willing to sacrifice youth of all ages is appalling to those within and without our borders.  The false equivalency of  the claim that gun rights equal rights of freedom does not hold up in the face of the slaughter of children.  

A European observer  said it well:  America´s obsession with equating the right to buy and possess a gun with a fundamental human right and freedom, while simultaneously justifying it as a constitutional right, does not harmonize with the European values, according to which the right to life is a human right and not the right to take someone else´s life.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/human_rights/2018/02/guns-and-freedom-a-false-equivalency.html

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