Image via wired.com.
British people realised some time ago that guns in the wrong hands are dangerous. Over the last few decades, we’ve made it our business to insist that successive governments gradually relegate those who enjoy killing things for fun to parts of the island that no one really cares about or would think to visit.
Mainly sink estates in London, Birmingham and Manchester and the countryside.
Well, it’s very nice, but can I get cable on it? Image via sigsauer.com.
Despite (or probably because of) this, we’re hugely fascinated by the ease with which it is possible to obtain guns in the United States. Indeed, far from frightening us, recent coverage of a number of fatal shootings in the US has piqued our interest and we can’t get enough of how the National Rifle Association has bitch slapped successive governments to the point where it’s now possible in certain states to legally obtain and own enough firepower to blow a hole in the sun.
That doesn’t mean they should take the piss though. Even our notoriously unreliable crap radar will emit a warning thunk when the story of Seth Horvitz passes through it’s beam.
In case you haven’t heard, Washington D.C. resident Seth ordered a TV on amazon.com a few weeks ago but when the package was delivered, he was surprised to find it contained a semi-automatic Sig Sauer 716 patrol rifle. Luckily, Seth isn’t a madman, so instead of picking up said gun, loading it and nipping out to blow his neighbours to smithereens, he calmly phoned the police who came to collect it. Presumably he then went out to buy a TV from an electrical store, which, under the circumstances, must have seemed safer.
Both presidential candidates are currently avoiding the issue of gun control like the plague. This would have seemed odd given the recent high profile incidences of gun crime. But they’re right to do so. How is it possible to keep a straight face and use the term ‘gun control’ when things like this can happen in the same bloody state as the White House?