As Obama muses potential gun control reform in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, the opponents of such reform seem to be singing a different tune than they have in times gone by.
It’s a refrain emerging from the dark recesses of the internet where the far right and far left conspiracy theorists unite in a chorus of lunacy about protection from some sort of dystopian, tyrannical future (or present if the best of them are to be believed).
No longer are the (potentially more understandable) excuses of self defence or recreational hunting sufficient; the loudest voices now seem to be coming from those entertaining survivalist fantasies of some sort of violent uprising against Obama or any other sitting US Administration, or the New World Order, or the Rothschild family, or the Club of Rome or the UN.
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There is a view among those who argue in favour of the status quo that governments should never adopt policy positions based on emotion. I would argue that in a case such as the school shootings in Connecticut that now it is absolutely the right time to respond - when people are sickened, sobbing, furious, completely emotional.
Our collective sense of repulsion dissipates with time as we get on with life and somehow forget the unforgettable. You want someone to harness that sense of disgust and turn it into action. Frankly, if anyone is not emotional about this issue, there is something seriously wrong with them.
President Obama was fuelled by a sense of disgust at his press conference on Saturday. He also promised to turn it into action. More power to his arm.
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According to the CNN White House correspondent this morning the President’s staff had “admonished” the press corps for raising the issue of gun laws in the wake of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Now is not the time for that sort of thing, apparently.
The President himself was careful to avoid even using the term “guns” in his tearful but composed statement on the shooting that has left 20 young children, and six innocent adults, dead. But he gave the strongest signal yet he was considering cracking down on the United State’s notoriously damaging gun culture.
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Queensland is looking at easing their gun control laws.
As you can imagine, police aren’t exactly overjoyed at the scissors hovering over this particular set of red tape.
It’s Wednesday. What’s on your mind?
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