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The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse: The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse: The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

Mehnaaz Momen

There are multiple archives which record gun violence in America diligently and report that every day ninety-six Americans die of gunshot wounds.

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The USA should declare war on war, guns & aid to Israel. The 2nd Amendment should never have been passed. Now, so many people have many guns, not just handguns but machine guns as well. Most members of the Armed Forces think war is the answer to everything including justifying lies told by the POTUS of either party. If Americans need guns to protect themselves from foreign invaders, Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians, Libyans etc. need guns to protect themselves from foreign invaders including American invaders.

Israel may have fewer people killing other Israelis than the US has Americans killing other Americans but Israel kills far more Palestinians than Palestinians kill Israelis. Years ago, there was an Israeli Jewish man going into a mosque & shooting people.

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This embrace of violence to solve each and every perceived “problem” started as soon as they got off the Mayflower and has continued on since. The United States of Ares was founded on violence , that violence used not to promote “freedom and liberty” but to promote theft and inequality.

For the past 200 plus years they have been furiously rewriting this History trying to claim the United States a “Shining city on the hill”. It is run for the 1 percent and by the 1 percent and the lot of the 1 percent are Sociopaths. The people that happen to live there are no better or worse then peoples born anywhere else but just as a dog raised by its master to be mean, all of that kicking of the poor and downtrodden by that 1 percent has its consequences.

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Your post brings us to another sticking point that should be addressed before moving on with the gun discussion. Why does our next door neighbor Canada have more guns per capita than the U.S. but far less murders? If we can answer that question we may find that fixing us is as important as fixing the gun laws.

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I am in Canada and as a Canadian assure you we do not have more guns per capita. Our rate per capita is about 1/4 of that in the USA.

The number of households in Canada is also less at around 22 percent to around 50 percent in USA. 95 percent of households in Canada have long guns with the remainder having handguns.

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Sorry, I’ll have to re-educate myself on that. Thank you.

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No problem. I think some of that comes from that Michael Moore film which got a few things wrong. That all said there are countries with higher gun rate ownwership then Canada (no one is higher then the USA) with lower rates of crime. This suggests it something Cultural . It worth pointing out that the ruling parties in the USA will often refer to Countries like Canada and Switzerland (where there guns but less violence) as “Socialist” and hey we all know “Socialist Countries” are tyrannies right,the people having no freedom to kill ?

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Actually that is where I took those numbers from. Not the best source apparently.

Sorry just to clarify. Of the 22 percent of households in Canada with a gun, 95 percent of those have long guns.

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A huge reason for US violence is income inequality, the same cause of a whole host of other social and health problems. Epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson has documented this particularly well in a series of books. He explains the principal points in 17 minutes or so in a TED talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson?language=en).

It is just one more way that empire damages people.

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Well put.

I’d add that we must develop a closer attention to the terminology that serves as lithium (not to forget the drug) grease, for example “soldiers and statesmen” - high fallutin’, utopian terms out the mouths of the deluded when speaking of ‘cannon fodder and corporate surrogates’.

I qualify this call to attention by in turn calling attention to the way that 1)veterans are treated and 2) the consequences, both documented and dark of Citizens United on representatives becoming lobby targets and leaving those offices little more than bobble headed media mush.

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The article makes an excellent point, but there is an additional piece to the puzzle, namely that producing weapons is profitable. The US is the world’s leading exporter both of small arms and military weapons. And the companies involved are happily in bed with our “representatives.” There is a sick symbiosis between US Empire and US Capitalism.

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Does everyone wear blinders when thinking of these remotely connected issues involving guns? I do not understand how so many articulate persons could truly believe what is written here. It is not an attitude that has been superimposed on people. It is the attitude of survival in this world since before recorded history began. Like it or not, we are a band of sheep when we become disarmed. There are two things that can prevent a carnivore from eating a defenseless animal. Not being hungry or brute force. I know there are some undesirable side effects of living in an armed society. But they have nothing to do with causing murder.

If you did have an armed society you would most likely also have a peer policing society to keep the peace. And stiff penalties for weapons violations.

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Sooooo damn true! Look at the latest heroic treatment of Bush, the elder war criminal, in the fawning, press. What more proof does one need that the Fourth Estate are just nothing more than presstitutes, whorespondents and sycophants of the Fourth Reich.

If the U.S. was true democracy, the Vietnam war would never have been called " A MISTAKE" but a war crime! The people responsible for the deaths of so many brave, albeit misled soldiers would have been held accountable for their war crimes!

If it was up to me, I would erect another wall next to the Vietnam memorial wall with the names of the war mongers and cheer leaders who enabled this " mistake" that would say: THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WERE NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR WAR CRIMES OF THE MURDERS OF THE 58,000 PATRIOTIC AND BRAVE SOLDIERS ON THE OTHER WALL.

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How about Columbus?

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Parkland was never clear in the US news. The school had ROTC and shooting practice in the school gym. The shooter who was arrested had been a member of that ROTC group.

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