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How many innocent people have still to be killed before Americans are going to restrict the purchase of weapons through rules

On the 14th of May ten people were killed and three others wounded when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday shoppingday. The shooter, an 18-year-old man named Payton Gendron, drove to Buffalo from Conklin, New York, around 200 miles away. Gendron, who described himself in a 180-page manifesto as a white supremacist, was apprehended alive after police persuaded him not to shoot himself and has been charged with first-degree murder. 11 of the 13 victims were Black. The suspect, Payton Gendron, reportedly posted a racist manifesto and made threatening comments at his high school last year.

President Biden issued a statement late Saturday describing the attack as an example of “hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”

On Sunday  May 15, hundreds of people gathered near the Jefferson Avenue Tops Markets to hold a prayer vigil for the victims of the deadly mass shooting there. The vigil evolved into a Black Lives Matter protest and an expression of anger against gun violence

After yet another shooting incident in which innocent children and adults died, it is high time for the American people to rise up against the powerful gun lobby, which has become so entrenched in the political sphere that they are actually the ones making the rules in the country.

48 percent of the 75 percent of the world’s 875 million guns are civilian controlled and United States of America guns, as if those states are at war, because a lot of those weapons are war weapons

It is known that the highest rates of violent deaths by firearm in the world occur in low-income South and Central American countries such as Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Brazil and Jamaica.

But from a country where one would think that there is a well-educated population with a reasonable income, and good food supply and sufficient other material provisions, one would not expect that there should be so much gun violence.
The United States has no reason at all to be proud about her culture. They have the 11th highest rate of gun violence in the world and a gun homicide rate which is 25 times higher than the average respective rates of other high income nations.

The citizens, who so-called have had higher studies, seem to forget that nearly all studies have found a positive correlation between gun ownership and gun-related homicide and suicide rates.

Also, these educated businessmen and politicians keep referring to the 2nd Amendment, while this refers to weapons that were used for self-defence in those days. So this constitution is anything but about the freedom to have weapons of war by ordinary citizens. They also seem to forget that it speaks about organising and discipline federal militia, and not about giving uncontrolled use of weapons of all sort.

Second Amendment, amendment to the Constitution of the United States, adopted in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights, that provided a constitutional check on congressional power under Article I Section 8 to organize, arm, and discipline the federal militia.

The Second Amendment reads,

“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.”

Referred to in modern times as an individual’s right to carry and use arms for self-defense,

the Second Amendment was envisioned by the framers of the Constitution, according to College of William and Mary law professor and future U.S. District Court judge St. George Tucker in 1803 in his great work Blackstone’s Commentaries:

With Notes of Reference to the Constitution and Laws of the Federal Government of the United States and of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as the “true palladium of liberty.”

By the years lots of Americans made their home an “impregnable fortress”, thereby forgetting the requirements of the next and third amendment to the Constitution.

Although the Third Amendment has never been the direct subject of Supreme Court scrutiny, its core principles were among the most salient at the time of the founding of the republic.

The many heavily armed US citizens forget that they are actually violating the 3d amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States, being part of the Bill of Rights, that prohibits the involuntary quartering of soldiers, i.e. strong-armed rulers or men, in private homes.

As a matter of constitutional law, it has become one marginally cited piece of the fabric of privacy-rights jurisprudence.

Until the year of 2020, firearms have become the most leading cause of death of children in the U.S. though this does not seem to bother many adults, who are eager to teach their children to use guns as well as automatic rifles. From statistics, there are 4368 children and adolescents up to age 19 have died from gun violence in the year of 2020. On the everyday average, 12 children die from gun violence, and 100 people killed by guns in the United States. [Cheng, Britt (May 27, 2022). “12 stats to help inform the gun control debate”. NPR. Retrieved 2022-05-30.]

There appears to be a problem not only with the uncontrolled use of weapons among children and ordinary adult citizens. The US police also appear to be outrageously quick to resort to a lethal shooting weapon instead of first using other non-lethal weapons, such as the truncheon, for example.

In case there would be more rules for getting a weapon, the United States would probably not have  more mass shootings than any other country. Mass shootings accounted for under 0.2% of homicides in the U.S. between 2000 and 2016.

Under the definition used by the Gun Violence Archive, by the end of 2019, there were 417 mass shootings; by the end of 2020, there had been 611; and by the end of 2021, 693.[ “Past Summary Ledgers”. Gun Violence Archive. May 13, 2022. Retrieved May 15, 2022.] By mid-May 2021 there were 10 mass shootings a week on average; by mid-May 2022, there was a total of 198 mass shootings in the first 19 weeks of the year, which represents 11 mass shootings a week.[Ahmed, Saeed (May 15, 2022). “It’s 19 weeks into the year and America has already seen 198 mass shootings”. NPR. Retrieved May 15, 2022.] Under the stricter definition used by law-enforcement and crime-tracking organizations, there were ten mass shootings in 2019, two in 2020, and six in 2021[https://www.statista.com/statistics/811487/number-of-mass-shootings-in-the-us/].

AR-15-style rifles come in many sizes and have many options, depending on the manufacturer. The part shown bottom center is the lower receiver without the receiver extension, rear takedown pin, and buttstock.

10 days after the Buffalo incident 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos after he shot his grandmother in the forehead at home went to the Robb Elementary School, in Uvalde, Texas, United States, with a lightweight semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle to kill nineteen children and two teachers and wounding seventeen other people.

In the 2010s, AR-15-style rifles became one of the

“most beloved and most vilified rifles”

in the United States, according to The New York Times. The rifles are controversial in part due to their use in high-profile mass shootings.[Feuer, Alan (13 June 2016). “AR-15 Rifles Are Beloved, Reviled and a Common Element in Mass Shootings”. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 17 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.] Promoted as “America’s rifle” by the most dangerous leading gun rights organisation in the United States, the National Rifle Association, AR-15 “-style rifles’ popularity is partially attributable to proposals to ban or restrict them.[Beckstrand, Tom (October 2019), “The Modern Hunter”, Guns & Ammo, pp. 42–499][ Boyle, John (2014-12-13). “Military-style AR-15 rifles: ‘The market is saturated'”. USA Today. Retrieved 2019-09-21.][Chip Reid (2012-12-05). “AR-15 gun sales continue to spike after shootings”. CBS News. Retrieved 2019-09-21.]

Several of those weapon defending people say it is their God given right to wear weapons. Many of them say they also have the right to defend themselves and to kill the one they do not like, even when it is doctors who dare to give women an abortion, because they are killing an unborn gift of God. Strangely enough, they forget that the doctor is also a creation of God and perhaps helping a mother in need.

It has been a very violent and deadly weekend throughout Philadelphia. Since Friday May 27, there have been 14 homicides and at least 16 shootings in Philadelphia alone. It was a wild scene late Monday night as Memorial Day weekend was winding down. Police found three gunshot victims and nearly three dozen spent shell casings after someone opened fire near 41st and Parrish Streets around 11 p.m. Monday.

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Theatrical release poster of the Miss Sloane 2016 political thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Jonathan Perera.

It are right-wing lawmakers, neo-Nazi’s and nationalists, whose allegiance to the powerful gun lobby has allowed mass killings like the one in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday to continue. In the 2016 political thriller film directed by John Madden and written by Jonathan Perera (a corporate lawyer-turned-elementary schoolteacher) Miss Sloane is given a very nice portrait of how corrupt the American system is.

Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane, a high-powered Washington lobbyist who is so confident in her own abilities that she takes on the National Rifle Association, fighting to attempt to pass gun control legislation. The film paints a good picture of how the NAR has worked its way into politics and is able to put pressure on senators and other important people there. Certain politicians, such as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, both of the Republican Party, are not at all afraid to stand up for the powerful weapons lobby, by whom they receive lots of money for their candidacy and support. While Cruz initially declined to endorse Trump’s campaign once he won the nomination, he became a staunch Trump supporter during the latter’s presidency. After the January 2021 Capitol attack, Cruz, who knew claims about fraud in the election were inaccurate, provoked widespread political and popular backlash for objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and giving credence to the false claim that the election was stolen from Trump.

Cruz is a gun rights supporter, opposing expanding gun control regulations and always comes up with the freedom of the American citizen, but when questioned by a Belgian reporter about the freedom of Americans driving cars, though they need to pass a test, why not having a test for those willing to use a gun, he was angry and called the reporter names and said the reporter was from those damned European capitalists wanting to undermine America. He also said the reporter as an anti-Christ could not see how the 2nd amendment was a God given right.

In an other interview, some years ago, with radio host Hugh Hewitt discussing the attack that killed three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Cruz said that

“the simple and undeniable fact is the overwhelming majority of violent criminals are Democrats”,

and claimed that Democrats are “soft on crime” because

“convicted felons tend to vote Democratic.”

Now after the Robb Elementary School shooting, Cruz pulled out a whole ‘santeboetique’ to explain how such mass shootings could take place. He blamed mass shootings on declining church attendance, violent video games, prescription drugs, cyberbullying, social isolation, and other societal factors. He also said the government should protect the school buildings by having armoured doors and bulletproof windows, plus having a police officer and a security officer at each premise.

Though he does not want to see that by such overprotection which would cost the state loads of money, it would also be more difficult for rescuers to help people out of the building when something happens. Also, by giving the right to all children and teachers to bear a weapon (like he wants) this would increase the danger or the risks of accidentally people being hurt or even killed.

It is high time that conscious parents finally made their voices heard and stood up to those absurd ‘freedom-thinkers’ who do restrict other freedoms of American citizens, such as the right of women to be their own bosses in their own bodies.

When will the American people realise that the Second Amendment is not about allowing just anyone to use assault weapons, but about the personal protection of people and property by the means available at the time. Today, society has very different and better means that do less harm to people.

Perhaps it becomes time that Americans have a look at the countries of West Europe, where we have no such gun violence. And when there is some gun violence it is not with children who find their death.

I do agree that the U.K. has a big problem with kneves, but concerning a shooter who killed 16 people in a rural town 60 miles outside London we have to go back to 1987. After that incident the government outlawed semi-automatic weapons the following year. Since the government’s 1988 act banning assault weapons, the U.K. has seen four mass shootings, with the most recent happening in Plymouth, England, in 2021. A total of 51 people died from those attacks.

In Belgium there was the shooting accident on the afternoon of 24 May 2014, when a gunman opened fire at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, killing four people.

Those whose goal in life seems to be keeping America in constant fear of mass shootings have an endless capacity for mindless, and dishonest, sloganeering.{Robbins: Texas school massacre highlights America’s gun disease}

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  8. The danger of having less than 25 000 Jews in Belgium
  9. Historian Deborah Lipstadt Assesses the New Anti-Semitism

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Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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