Recently, as part of writing a screenplay about gun violence (called “Shady Oaks” at the moment; as well as being about pharmaceutical drug use, teenage delinquency, domestic violence and racism) I have had to do research on the internet into guns, more specifically, into assault weapons in the US.
A Beretta PX4 Storm
I have never fired a gun, and a shiver of fear actually passes through me when I even see one. They do chill me to the bone. After-all, guns are made to kill things, animals and humans.
What is absolutely shocking is to find that there are publicly available in many US states, weapons that in my opinion, should not even by manufactured. We’re talking about automatic weapons (machine guns?) that have standardized STANAG ‘fittings’ (STANAG, meaning “Standardization Agreement”, which was established to enable the easy adaptability of ammunition and equipment between armed forces) allowing for clip, box, and casket magazines. Invariably demand seems to encourage the usage of High Capacity Magazines which can hold up to (or more than) 100 bullets. Heck, either the user is either grossly incompetent at shooting, or they’re in some sort of army/combat situation.
A Robinson XCR-L Mini. Can be fitted with STANAG magazine holding 100 rounds.(!) The advertizer has even styled the word “NEW!” in blood (WTF)
That being the case then surely such things should NOT be available to the general public to buy and potentially use against any person. I know the gun lobby argument make the owning of guns sound like a person has the “right” to such ownership, but surely, surely, these things have one purpose and only one purpose – to kill people. I won’t go into the issues related to guns (that would require me revisiting infantile and inane philosophy lessons from my university days, and I so cannot be bothered doing that) and refuse to countenance even the slim possibility that maybe gun ownership could be a good thing.
Point blank – the owning, possessing or trade of any sort of gun makes that person complicit in the murders of human beings. I do not give a damn about claimed rights to protect oneself and family. Bollocks. If I upset people, I really do not care.
Normally I try to steer clear of poilitics, American politics in particular. But on this I think even President Obama is soft on the issue: The right to own guns should be overturned. On top of that the gun manufacturers should be arrested for crimes against humanity, or at-least there should be a group action civil case brought against the various manufacturers. They have blood on their hands.
And I feel sick from seeing so many guns.