Proof: America IS a terrorist state

This week the world was shocked to hear of another plane crash that took the lives of over 100 people, this time in Europe.  (Incidentally, I’d just like to remind people at this stage that air travel remains safe).

Today, details from the cockpit voice recorders came out, and it would appear that the co-pilot deliberately flew the plane into the ground.  At this stage, we don’t know the reasons behind what happened but this hasn’t stopped speculation from the American far-right.

The American far-right (or at least those people commenting on Facebook) have decided that this is a “terrorist” act, simply on the basis that the pilot killed people other than himself.  Let’s think about this:

“A terrorist is a person who kills another person”.

Previously I have described that if you follow the “logic” of these American right wingers through, you end up with a situation where they are calling for all Americans to be exterminated.  According to their “logic”:

“People with the same background as terrorists should be exterminated”.

All this leads to the conclusion that America is a terrorist state because there is the 2nd Amendment which enables a lot of people to have the gear (guns) necessary to kill others, and millions of people support the Second Amendment.  Follow the right wingers “logic”, and it becomes necessary to eliminate both gun owners, and the people who support them.

(On top of this, of course there is the issue over American funding of terrorism, such as the CIA funding of the Taliban (the “grandparent” of ISIS), and the funding of the IRA by American citizens.)

All of this, and the hatred of Muslims that is apparent every time one goes on Facebook, creates a problem.  America is at this time in a half-hearted fight against a criminal organisation, ISIS, and every time someone from the American far-right comments online, airing their “thoughts”, it is quite possible to hear the celebrations from the middle east right here in England – simply by opening a window.  It’s possible to see quite regularly fights over ISISs name (IS, Islamic State, whatever) and there is certainly a problem with the use of the “T” word.  We really need to stop using the “T” word, but instead refer to ISIS actions as criminal behaviour since the “T” word only gives the criminals an increased status that they don’t deserve. (It did occur to me that the right wingers were attempting to devalue the word by using it for every possible action, but frankly, well…).  We also need to get a grip with our use of language, and our “thinking” processes.  Every time a right winger posts a “dumb” comment on Facebook, well that counts as a “win” to the criminals.

YES, gun control works.

During the past week two shootings have once again hit the world’s headlines.  Last weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, two people were killed in two separate incidents by the same man in what is believed to be an attack, yes motivated by religious hatred, but related to criminal, rather than terrorist, activity.

I’ll just stop there and explain that last bit.  I mean that the shooter is not believed to have been a member of, or directed by, a terrorist organisation such as ISIS.

Predictably the American right has been outraged.  The gun lobby has once again trotted out the old arguments about “where there’s a good guy with a gun” and “gun control only allows criminals to have guns”.

The other shooting of note happened when a shooter shot to death three members of the same family; purportedly over a car parking dispute.  Again, the shooter looks to have been motivated by religious hatred.  And again the shooter appears to have been motivated by criminal, rather than religious ends.

One might wonder why the American gun lobby isn’t outraged over that second incident.  Why is it that they aren’t calling for the population to be armed, for there to be a right to own weapons.  The reason is simple:  the second incident happened in America.

Denmark has a relatively small population of 5.6 million, and a low homicide rate.  In 2012 there were 47 homicides, a rate per hundred thousand head of population of 0.8.  In addition Denmark has tight gun control laws. My Danish is very poor, so I am relying on someone else’s research, but the general idea is that guns and their owners are registered on a government database – according to this article.

In spite of this the American right wing press is full of woe over how “dangerous” Denmark is.  Breitbart illustrates my point neatly, although they strangely don’t comment on why America being littered with guns has failed to stop the 13 000 or so homicides that occur there each year.

Over the past couple of years the world’s attention has been focused on gun crime in America, and the American right-wing’s refusal to accept that when you have more guns than people in a country it is inevitable that you will have more violence; more homicides. Recently someone asked on Twitter if gun control actually worked, and in spite of the evidence that fewer homicides occur in countries that exercise gun control he still managed to come up with another excuse. He pointed out that homicide levels were inevitably lower in countries with lower populations, and so of course America would have more homicides. It’s not more “guns = more homicides”, he claimed, it is “more people = more homicides”.

India

So let’s look at India. India has a population of 1.252 billion, or roughly 4 times that of America. According to the Indian government there were 34434 homicides in India in 2012. That makes a rate of homicide per hundred thousand of 2.75 – high, but nowhere near as high as America.

India has quite tight gun controls.  This article highlights the fact that there are only around 40 million guns in circulation.  It also comments that some people feel that the Indian gun control laws leave people defenceless.  In the article it is pointed out that there are around 5000 gun homicides a year in India – but when compared to a country with a smaller population such as America the evidence is clear. Most homicides in America are conducted with firearms, and even though American gun advocates would claim that free access to guns makes Americans safer, the evidence shows that Americans are in fact LESS safe.

In December 2014, following two violent incidents in Australia, I wrote this post. A gunman had taken hostage several people in a Sydney café – leading to several deaths – and a woman had killed 8 children in Cairns, Queensland.

In my blog, I invited people to look at some facts.  For ease, I’m just going to copy that section over:

Australia

In 1996 after a gun massacre in Tasmania the Australian government introduced tightened gun control rules.  Since then there have been NO mass shootings in Australia.

John Howard, the conservative Prime Minister who brought in the legislation thinks that the gun laws are a success. ‘“The gun laws that were brought in after Port Arthur massacre made Australia a safer place,” Howard said.’

In 2012 (hang on, when I come onto America I will post 2012s figures)  there were 297 homicides in Australia, with 1.3 victims per 100,000 population.

And in Queensland, before someone stupidly calls for “knife control” – there is.

America

In America, gun laws are a mess.

In America, there have been frequent mass shootings since 1996 – to cite just one, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut a couple of years ago.

In America we know that there are a gazillion guns, no-one knows the precise figure since no records are kept.

In 2012 in America there were 14 173 homicides, a rate of 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Before I move on to the in Paris this month, I’d like to look at what happened in America since those events in Australia something like a month ago.  Since there are believed to be more guns than humans in America there has got to have been only a very few homicides, right?  After all, if we believe the propaganda of 2nd Amendment advocates there is always going to be a good guy with a gun to stop any nastiness – especially over Christmas?

2nd January 2015 – 6 year old child dead, and two injured in Montfort.

2nd January 2015 – 3 dead in Modesto.

4th January 2015 – 2 dead and 4 injured in Roanoke.

7th January 2015 – 2 dead in El Paso.

24th January 2015 – 3 dead in Omaha.

You get the idea…

France

So, in France there was a mass shooting where, at the close of the emergency almost two dozen were killed in 3 separate incidents.  And if one were to head over to Facebook then one would find exactly the same arguments laid out by the American right.  That there shouldn’t have been a gun ban in France (there wasn’t) and that guns are good.

Let’s look at some French statistics:

Here we go, I’m prepared to accept Sporting Shooter Magazine as a valid source, and according to that esteemed publication there is no gun ban in France:

“In September of 2013, the French adopted a four-category weapon classification model recommended by the EU, that is a great simplification of the previous eight-category model. This simplification has in itself been a matter for celebration by Frenchmen.

Category A covers military weapons such as tanks, bazookas and machine guns that are not available to the public.

As a system of ministerial permit/‘end-user certificate’, would cover military equipment purchases in transit, and if, god forbid, Germany or France’s oldest enemy England were ever to attempt another invasion, I doubt if the invaders would seek to register its guns in France first! So I can only assume this has been included to cover equipment that still may be lurking for 70 or so years in garages, basements and barns across France.

Category B is for Military Style Semi Automatics (MSSA) such as the Kalashnikov, M-16, handguns, etc. These items are heavily regulated and available only by special permit.

Category C covers sporting shotguns and rifles, including semi-automatics with a 3-5 shot capacity. These are quite easy to get for anyone obtaining a hunting or target shooting licence.

Category D is divided into two categories. Category 1 is for single-shot or double-barrelled shotguns, and black powder firearms. Again, one needs a hunting or target permit for this. Category 2 relates to pepper spray weapons, stun guns, air guns generating energy of 2-20 Joules and decommissioned firearms. One does not need a licence for these weapons, although one must be over 18 years of age. Air soft paintball markers are not regulated, as they fall below the 2-Joule energy category.”

I’ve copied the above over from their website, but feel free to take a look for yourself here.

And now let’s look at homicides, in a country that according to a typical American gun-nut needs more guns to keep crime under control:

In 2012 there were 665 homicides reported, according to this article. That makes slightly over 1 homicide per hundred thousand head of population.

So the 5 countries figures compared look like this:

Australia – 1.3 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

Denmark – 0.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

France – 1.0 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

India – 2.75 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

America – 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Conclusion

In spite of the rhetoric by Americas gun loving commentators there is no evidence that more guns = fewer homicides.  Quite the reverse: America is the only country on the globe with more guns than people, and the only “western” country with an obscenely high homicide rate.

Terrorist attacks

Some information regarding the number of terrorist attacks in America, France and the UK can be found here.

This is the little snippet that I would like to highlight:

Between 2004-2013, the UK suffered 400 terrorist attacks, mostly in Northern Ireland, and almost all of them were non-lethal. The US suffered 131 attacks, fewer than 20 of which were lethal. France suffered 47 attacks.

Postscript

Following the shooting in Copenhagen that left one Jewish person dead Bibi Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, called for a mass emigration of Jews from Europe to Israel, apparently over safety concerns.  Israel actually has quite a high homicide rate, certainly higher than that of France or Germany.  Israel has also recently relaxed gun controls a touch.

Israel – 1.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

On harassment

Someone wrote to me yesterday, and said this:

” I don’t troll liberal pages ” – that was at 8.30am

Having shared a few more of her “thoughts” – on MY blog, she said this “I do believe your constant poking and prodding at me is borderline harassment – can you please stop?” That was at 9.18am

So, this person who doesn’t troll and felt “threatened” – ie harassed – went away after that right?  After all, if you are being harassed by someone it’s unlikely that you would want to speak to them again.

7.53pm

“Whether you like to believe it or not (cause I know for whatever reason you DESPISE Fox News and stop at nothing to defame them on almost a daily basis), MOST Americans watch because what Fox tells appeals to MOST Americans. We love our guns because we know without them, we cannot defend ourselves from tyrannical governments or protect ourselves from criminals. They are also used for hunting purposes – which we do a lot of in this nation.

And once again you are slandering me by stating that I DEFENDED the killer of the 3 Muslim students. You are a fool. You clearly NEED my attention so I’m giving it to you – I know some people love attention, sometimes even if it’s negative attention. We over here in America laugh at you guys in the UK because we know how you guys sacrifice your rights all the time blindly and then wonder what happened? Sounds to me like you have a jealousy problem cause I can guarantee if you ever lived here in America, you would change from a ravening flaming liberal to a conservative. We stand for freedom – in all aspects. It’s a shame you imprison yourself with your ridiculous and binding beliefs.

Nobody achieves peace by killing people you say. You are absolutely right. We don’t SEEK TO KILL PEOPLE. We seek to defend our selves from those that DO seek to kill people – or to steal from them. I wish you liberals would pull your heads out of your rear ends. You are so blind and your rhetoric is so laughable to most of the world. Take your fascism somewhere else and leave your (obvious) hatred of me OUT of your conversations with 3 people. Thanks.”

7.58pm

“And btw – thank you for continuing to promote me….I am also extending the favor. God bless and have a GREAT DAY :D”

What this idiot doesn’t understand is that actually I was offended by some of her remarks, and I took action to stop her comments hitting my email.

Compare then: the person who complained of harassment and came back for anther go – and the person who just went ahead and stopped the boob from commenting.

Oh and that “slander” (it’s libel by the way, or possibly defamation)?

“But I think that her defence of the killer is this:

“Maybe if our government did something about the terrorism, Americans wouldn’t feel as if they have to take matters into their own hands…””

Free speech and thought are protected for me under UK, EU, UN and…yes you’ve guessed it…even US law.  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.  Isn’t free speech wonderful! 🙂

Chapel Hill: Is Fox “News” culpable in the killing of three Americans?

On January 7th 2015 gunmen attacked the offices of a magazine in Paris, France and killed a total of 12 people.  In the days that followed more people died.

In America the far-right, led by TV station Fox “News” were outraged.  It appeared that these killings were motivated by religion, and the Christian right smelt blood.  In the weeks that followed Fox “News” narrative was that the Muslim community at large were the “enemy”.  A so-called expert on terrorism went on air, and claimed that there were no-go zones in Europe, and furthermore that the city of Birmingham, England, was 100% Muslim.  Within a week Fox News broadcast several apologies. Jeanine Pirro, the Fox “host” who originally allowed those comments unchallenged called for the mass murder of Muslims. She also suggested that people who kill Americans for “religious” reasons are terrorists.

Well, Fox may have gotten their first victims.

This past Tuesday, a man in Chapel Hill gunned down three Muslims in their own home.  We know few details at this stage except for the fact that the man posted messages indicating his hatred of religion on social media.  The “excuse” so far offered is that this was a dispute over parking.

Meanwhile, over on Fox News there is, relatively speaking, silence.  Bear in mind that Fox have called for the execution of a whole group of people.  Bear in mind that Pirro has rather stupidly called for people who kill Americans to be classed as terrorists.  Fox have gone silent.

A couple of points:

Nobody achieves peace by killing people.  That way lies a continuous round of retribution.  And the slaughter of unarmed Americans by criminals.  The rhetoric given out by Fox “News” cannot have helped one iota in this case, and it can’t help in dealing with the criminals in ISIS.

America’s gun culture urgently needs reform.  But, thanks to the American far-right and their mouthpiece, yup, Fox, the reform isn’t taking place.  The current situation is that the gun lobby assert that where there are bad guys with guns there will also be good guys.  Where were the “good guys” in this case?  And they assert that gun owners are law abiding, responsible people.  Taking out a good percentage of one family is responsible? Not in my book.

Postscript:

I got into an argument this morning over someone’s defence of the shooter in this case.  Her full post is here: https://ytcj2013.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/hatred-and-persecution/

But I think that her defence of the killer is this:

“Maybe if our government did something about the terrorism, Americans wouldn’t feel as if they have to take matters into their own hands…”

Do you agree?

Why Fox ‘News’ is dangerous – part 4,867,956 of a growing series…

I have my WordPress app set to deliver me any blog that mentions Fox News, and last night it filled my screen with just one story – this one:

http://menchcrew.com/2015/01/31/naughty-girls-get-raped-according-to-stacey-dash/

http://wiznation.com/2042932/stacey-dash-thinks-naughty-girls-get-raped-were-like-please-shut-your-gorgeous-mouth-video/

And so on…you get the idea.

So, I want to pick apart what she said:

“I just think it’s ridiculous, and I think that for the girls, it’s a good thing, for the good girls–or women–to be told stay home. Be safe. The other bad girls–bad women–or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play. And get hurt. But then the other thing about this is that it [they] then blame it on the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk. You get yourself drunk.”

The other bad girls–bad women–or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play.  And get hurt.

Really?  It’s because women are ‘bad’ that they get raped?

It get’s a little worse:

But then the other thing about this is that it [they] then blame it on the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks.

So the blame is a sometimes laid on the presence of drink now.  Well. it’s a thought. and a better one than ‘thought’ 1.  This article discuses the subject of the use of alcohol as a date rape drug, and half way down it says this:

People don’t get raped because they have been drinking, because they are passed out or because they are drunk. People get raped because there is a perpetrator there — someone who wants to take advantage of them.”

And a piece of personal testimony: I’ve experienced every sector of the drink “craze” – from being teetotal to winding up in hospital with three quarters of a bottle of scotch in me.  And the presence of alcohol has never fooled me into raping someone.

Then she loses it with the usual spurious gun argument:

So it’s like the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

Ok, I’m not going to come out with statistics here, just a broad idea:

I’m currently sitting in one of the biggest buildings in my city, along with hundreds of other people, and I guarantee that there are no guns in the building.  The risk of being shot then is zero.  You can’t shoot someone with a gun you don’t have.

Suppose someone walks in off the street with a gun. The risk of being shot has suddenly gone up – because it is possible to shoot someone with a gun that you do have. The change has taken place; not because the person has walked in off the street but because there is now a gun in the building.  So guns do indeed kill people.

Dash’s gun argument is spurious and nonsensical.

For anyone who has never encountered Dash  – here is her Wiki.

Gun control WORKS: and here’s the evidence.

Over the past couple of years the world’s attention has been focused on gun crime in America, and the American right-wing’s refusal to accept that when you have more guns than people in a country it is inevitable that you will have more violence; more homicides. Recently someone asked on Twitter if gun control actually worked, and in spite of the evidence that fewer homicides occur in countries that exercise gun control he still managed to come up with another excuse. He pointed out that homicide levels were inevitably lower in countries with lower populations, and so of course America would have more homicides. It’s not more “guns = more homicides”, he claimed, it is “more people = more homicides”.

India

So let’s look at India. India has a population of 1.252 billion, or roughly 4 times that of America. According to the Indian government there were 34434 homicides in India in 2012. That makes a rate of homicide per hundred thousand of 2.75 – high, but nowhere near as high as America.

India has quite tight gun controls.  This article highlights the fact that there are only around 40 million guns in circulation.  It also comments that some people feel that the Indian gun control laws leave people defenceless.  In the article it is pointed out that there are around 5000 gun homicides a year in India – but when compared to a country with a smaller population such as America the evidence is clear. Most homicides in America are conducted with firearms, and even though American gun advocates would claim that free access to guns makes Americans safer, the evidence shows that Americans are in fact LESS safe.

In December 2014, following two violent incidents in Australia, I wrote this post. A gunman had taken hostage several people in a Sydney café – leading to several deaths – and a woman had killed 8 children in Cairns, Queensland.

In my blog, I invited people to look at some facts.  For ease, I’m just going to copy that section over:

Australia

In 1996 after a gun massacre in Tasmania the Australian government introduced tightened gun control rules.  Since then there have been NO mass shootings in Australia.

John Howard, the conservative Prime Minister who brought in the legislation thinks that the gun laws are a success. ‘“The gun laws that were brought in after Port Arthur massacre made Australia a safer place,” Howard said.’

In 2012 (hang on, when I come onto America I will post 2012s figures)  there were 297 homicides in Australia, with 1.3 victims per 100,000 population.

And in Queensland, before someone stupidly calls for “knife control” – there is.

America

In America, gun laws are a mess.

In America, there have been frequent mass shootings since 1996 – to cite just one, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut a couple of years ago.

In America we know that there are a gazillion guns, no-one knows the precise figure since no records are kept.

In 2012 in America there were 14 173 homicides, a rate of 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Before I move on to the in Paris this month, I’d like to look at what happened in America since those events in Australia something like a month ago.  Since there are believed to be more guns than humans in America there has got to have been only a very few homicides, right?  After all, if we believe the propaganda of 2nd Amendment advocates there is always going to be a good guy with a gun to stop any nastiness – especially over Christmas?

2nd January 2015 – 6 year old child dead, and two injured in Montfort.

2nd January 2015 – 3 dead in Modesto.

4th January 2015 – 2 dead and 4 injured in Roanoke.

7th January 2015 – 2 dead in El Paso.

24th January 2015 – 3 dead in Omaha.

You get the idea…

France

So, in France there was a mass shooting where, at the close of the emergency almost two dozen were killed in 3 separate incidents.  And if one were to head over to Facebook then one would find exactly the same arguments laid out by the American right.  That there shouldn’t have been a gun ban in France (there wasn’t) and that guns are good.

Let’s look at some French statistics:

Here we go, I’m prepared to accept Sporting Shooter Magazine as a valid source, and according to that esteemed publication there is no gun ban in France:

“In September of 2013, the French adopted a four-category weapon classification model recommended by the EU, that is a great simplification of the previous eight-category model. This simplification has in itself been a matter for celebration by Frenchmen.

Category A covers military weapons such as tanks, bazookas and machine guns that are not available to the public.

As a system of ministerial permit/‘end-user certificate’, would cover military equipment purchases in transit, and if, god forbid, Germany or France’s oldest enemy England were ever to attempt another invasion, I doubt if the invaders would seek to register its guns in France first! So I can only assume this has been included to cover equipment that still may be lurking for 70 or so years in garages, basements and barns across France.

Category B is for Military Style Semi Automatics (MSSA) such as the Kalashnikov, M-16, handguns, etc. These items are heavily regulated and available only by special permit.

Category C covers sporting shotguns and rifles, including semi-automatics with a 3-5 shot capacity. These are quite easy to get for anyone obtaining a hunting or target shooting licence.

Category D is divided into two categories. Category 1 is for single-shot or double-barrelled shotguns, and black powder firearms. Again, one needs a hunting or target permit for this. Category 2 relates to pepper spray weapons, stun guns, air guns generating energy of 2-20 Joules and decommissioned firearms. One does not need a licence for these weapons, although one must be over 18 years of age. Air soft paintball markers are not regulated, as they fall below the 2-Joule energy category.”

I’ve copied the above over from their website, but feel free to take a look for yourself here.

And now let’s look at homicides, in a country that according to a typical American gun-nut needs more guns to keep crime under control:

In 2012 there were 665 homicides reported, according to this article. That makes slightly over 1 homicide per hundred thousand head of population.

So the 4 countries figures compared look like this:

Australia – 1.3 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

France – 1.0 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

India – 2.75 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

America – 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Conclusion

In spite of the rhetoric by Americas gun loving commentators there is no evidence that more guns = fewer homicides.  Quite the reverse: America is the only country on the globe with more guns than people, and the only “western” country with an obscenely high homicide rate.

Terrorist attacks

Some information regarding the number of terrorist attacks in America, France and the UK can be found here.

This is the little snippet that I would like to highlight:

Between 2004-2013, the UK suffered 400 terrorist attacks, mostly in Northern Ireland, and almost all of them were non-lethal. The US suffered 131 attacks, fewer than 20 of which were lethal. France suffered 47 attacks.

American gun culture

Here’s a link for you:
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-30912656

So,  first things first.  This is a company that sells objects whose sole purpose is to KILL.

This company has taken offence because Neeson has highlighted the fact that kids are regularly and routinely killed with guns in America.  The company draws attention to the 2nd Amendment and ‘cultural ignorance’.  Pardon me?   Highlighting the regular slaughters that take place in America constitutes an attack on America’s culture?  Since when has it been a part of American culture to kill kids?

The plain fact of the matter is that this company is embarrassed that Neeson has highlighted a problem that is unique to America: the fact that tens of thousands of Americans are killed each year with guns – you know,  those things that this company makes its money out of.  The fact as I have repeated endlessly over the past couple of years is that there is no evidence that more guns = less gun deaths.  Quite the reverse.

Guns, or why the American right wing are STILL wrong

In December 2014, following two violent incidents in Australia, I wrote this post. A gunman had taken hostage several people in a Sydney café – leading to several deaths – and a woman had killed 8 children in Cairns, Queensland.

In my blog, I invited people to look at some facts.  For ease, I’m just going to copy that section over:

Australia

In 1996 after a gun massacre in Tasmania the Australian government introduced tightened gun control rules.  Since then there have been NO mass shootings in Australia.

John Howard, the conservative Prime Minister who brought in the legislation thinks that the gun laws are a success. ‘“The gun laws that were brought in after Port Arthur massacre made Australia a safer place,” Howard said.’

In 2012 (hang on, when I come onto America I will post 2012s figures)  there were 297 homicides in Australia, with 1.3 victims per 100,000 population.

And in Queensland, before someone stupidly calls for “knife control” – there is.

America

In America, gun laws are a mess.

In America, there have been frequent mass shootings since 1996 – to cite just one, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut a couple of years ago.

In America we know that there are a gazillion guns, no-one knows the precise figure since no records are kept.

In 2012 in America there were 14 173 homicides, a rate of 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Before I move on to the events of today, in Paris, I’d like to look at what happened in America since those events in Australia something like a month ago.  Since there are believed to be more guns than humans in America there has got to have been only a very few homicides, right?  After all, if we believe the propaganda of 2nd Amendment advocates there is always going to be a good guy with a gun to stop any nastiness – especially over Christmas?

2nd January 2015 – 6 year old child dead, and two injured in Montfort.

2nd January 2015 – 3 dead in Modesto.

4th January 2015 – 2 dead and 4 injured in Roanoke.

7th January 2015 – 2 dead in El Paso.

You get the idea…

So, today, in France there was a mass shooting where as I write this 12 people are dead.  And if one were to head over to Facebook then one would find exactly the same arguments laid out by the American right.  That there shouldn’t have been a gun ban in France (there wasn’t) and that guns are good.

Let’s look at some French statistics:

Here we go, I’m prepared to accept Sporting Shooter Magazine as a valid source, and according to that esteemed publication there is no gun ban in France:

“In September of 2013, the French adopted a four-category weapon classification model recommended by the EU, that is a great simplification of the previous eight-category model. This simplification has in itself been a matter for celebration by Frenchmen.

Category A covers military weapons such as tanks, bazookas and machine guns that are not available to the public.

As a system of ministerial permit/‘end-user certificate’, would cover military equipment purchases in transit, and if, god forbid, Germany or France’s oldest enemy England were ever to attempt another invasion, I doubt if the invaders would seek to register its guns in France first! So I can only assume this has been included to cover equipment that still may be lurking for 70 or so years in garages, basements and barns across France.

Category B is for Military Style Semi Automatics (MSSA) such as the Kalashnikov, M-16, handguns, etc. These items are heavily regulated and available only by special permit.

Category C covers sporting shotguns and rifles, including semi-automatics with a 3-5 shot capacity. These are quite easy to get for anyone obtaining a hunting or target shooting licence.

Category D is divided into two categories. Category 1 is for single-shot or double-barrelled shotguns, and black powder firearms. Again, one needs a hunting or target permit for this. Category 2 relates to pepper spray weapons, stun guns, air guns generating energy of 2-20 Joules and decommissioned firearms. One does not need a licence for these weapons, although one must be over 18 years of age. Air soft paintball markers are not regulated, as they fall below the 2-Joule energy category.”

I’ve copied the above over from their website, but feel free to take a look for yourself here.

And now let’s look at homicides, in a country that according to a typical American gun-nut needs more guns to keep crime under control:

In 2012 there were 665 homicides reported, according to this article. That makes slightly over 1 homicide per hundred thousand head of population.

So the 3 countries figures compared look like this:

Australia – 1.3 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

France – 1.0 homicides per hundred thousand head of population

America – 4.8 homicides per hundred thousand head of population.

Conclusion

In spite of today’s rhetoric by Americas gun loving commentators there is no evidence that more guns = fewer homicides.  Quite the reverse: America is the only country on the globe with more guns than people, and the only “western” country with an obscenely high homicide rate.

Terrorist attacks

Some information regarding the number of terrorist attacks in America, France and the UK can be found here.

This is the little snippet that I would like to highlight:

Between 2004-2013, the UK suffered 400 terrorist attacks, mostly in Northern Ireland, and almost all of them were non-lethal. The US suffered 131 attacks, fewer than 20 of which were lethal. France suffered 47 attacks.