Is killing children now the norm?

One doesn’t have to go to Syria to witness killings. Wave after wave of high tech bombers drop their loads on targets which are known to house civilians. They do this with pin-point laser guided precision. Words now fail the UN and many other peace organisations in condemning the slaughter. Footage on the News show, with regular monotony, civilians running and carrying the dead or wounded over piles of rubble. One gets the impression that  running hither and dither is about the only activity still possible. After all, some victims are being carried out of hospitals that were not spared the slaughter either. Where does one run to? If the world’s empathy hasn’t stopped the slaughter of innocents where does one go?

Of course, we don’t have to visit Syria for the slaughter of innocents. The US is in an even worse predicament, and the only war involved is the one of their own making. The Florida school massacre is one of the many school shootings that occur with the regularity and predictability of a grandfather’s clock ticking away. We know that from statistics and past massacres that they will continue. Knowing that, could one  ask if the killing of innocents in the US including the killing of children is now deliberate? Not doing anything by changing the law on gun ownership it must be known that school massacres will happen again. At present it happens about once a week, and since 2013 there have been 300 school shootings. More guns have been bought since, so, more shootings will happen. Guns do shoot!

https://everytownresearch.org/school-shootings/

Australia too, had its massacre. The Port Arthur Massacre

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Arthur_massacre_(Australia)

was the turning point and a law was passed in 1996 whereby guns would be bought back from the general population by the Government. It was called the Gun Buy Back programme. It was hugely successful and crimes and murder involving guns dropped immediately. Every now and then a moratorium enables another period to continue buying back arms whereby guns that have entered Australia illegally can be bought up again. No questions asked. It is sensible and saves lives. The original change of law in Australia was established by a conservative Government.

What happened after the gun buy back was introduced in Australia?

From Wikipedia.

“Australian independence didn’t end. Tyranny didn’t come. Australians still hunted and explored and big-wave surfed to their hearts’ content. Their economy didn’t crash; Invaders never arrived. Violence, in many forms, went down across the country, not up. Somehow, lawmakers on either side of the gun debate managed to get along and legislate.”

The latest from the US;

D. Trump while listening to a delegation of students from different schools, suggested he is willing to look at arming teachers and have trained guards patrolling the schools. He is knowingly advocating that more school children will get killed! He must know that.

There was a snippet of hope when reading that one man who was very pro gun, deciding he had enough of the killings and publicly cut his gun in three pieces. It is now going viral on the internet. It is a start!

Let’s hope he will be followed by millions more. Is there finally a change in the air?

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23 Responses to “Is killing children now the norm?”

  1. auntyuta Says:

    You ask: “Is there finally a change in the air?”
    Yes, we can only hope, Gerard. As far as the bombing of civilians is concerned it seems to me, that the people in power have absolutely no compassion for “the other”, not even for children, when they want to achieve certain results. All this is a grave misuse of power as far as I can see. It is difficult not to get utterly depressed when we have to watch in our daily news how thousands and thousands of children get killed and severely injured on a daily basis. The people in charge who order these killings must have zero feelings for humanity as a whole. How cold blooded can a human being be? Will it come to haunt them? Or do they believe they do something good for their own people? I don’t know, I don’t know . . . .

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  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, Uta. Killing of children is terrible. You are right; how cold blooded can a human being be?
    In 2018 so far in the US, 80 children (age 0-11) have been killed or injured by guns. Another 398 children (aged between 12-17) have been killed or injured by guns.

    http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/

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  3. Carrie Rubin Says:

    I’m beside myself in frustration over here in the US. It’s ridiculous my country tolerates this. I can only hope we change the situation by voting out those who resist any reform come November. It absolutely breaks my heart to think of what the families of the victims are going through.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      It is up to the young to make for change, and…it is happening. The adherence to the right to carry and owning guns by everyone is schizo. It made America very dark.

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      • Carrie Rubin Says:

        I’m so impressed by these teenagers. Lawmakers need to remember, many of these kids will be 18 years old come the next election and they’ll be able to vote. Here’s hoping they turn up at the polls.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I noticed the US gun lobbyists are out this morning blaming the democrats and the lack of guns at schools. Let’s hope the young students will teach them a lesson in changing their murderous killing culture.

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  4. Big M Says:

    I can’t see an end to all of this. All of the prayers, positive thoughts, hand wringing and virtue signalling will do nothing. Of course, the previous president did nothing for gun crime, either. I find the entire situation incomprehensible.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The idea of Trump’s solution of armed police disguised as librarians or janitors at schools is making Trump look completely cuckoo.
      He is the very proof of the depth whereby the US will stick to killing people, including children. More guns, more killings. That’s what guns do.
      The young will finally prove the only way forward is to cause as much upheaval as possible.

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      • Big M Says:

        Yes, just idiotic. I sometimes wonder if Trump’ s tongue is firmly in his cheek when he says such things. I did see a YouTube vid of an older redneck who, this week, destroyed his prized semi automatic so that no future grandkid finds it and injures somone.

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  5. leggypeggy Says:

    I’m hoping young people in the US speak with their votes once they turn 18. They’re trying now and perhaps they’ll get angry enough to bring about change.

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  6. gerard oosterman Says:

    I hope so too, Peggy. I am very positive about the young. Let’s hope the universities will get involved and their lecturers, professors, all academia. The present position is untenable. The right to bear arms has to be modified. it is a killing machine running amok.

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  7. GP Cox Says:

    I recently read an outstanding message from Mike Rowe about the shootings.
    https://givemeliberty01.com/2018/02/22/mike-rowe-dispenses-jaw-dropping-wisdom-after-florida-high-school-shooting-breaks-americas-heart/

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The only way to prevent future killings as much as possible is to do away with guns amongst the population. It worked in Australia. It is the NRA that have blood on their hands.
      The rise in killings, including that of children, is in direct proportion to the ever increasing ownership of lethal guns. And… that is what the NRA is aiming for.

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  8. stuartbramhall Says:

    My late neighbour spent several years investigating the Port Arthur Massacre. It was full of anomalies just like some of the mass shootings in the US. The one that has already troubled me was the conviction of a shooter with an IQ below 70 – which should have resulted in a verdict of not-guilty by reason of mental incapacity and hospitalisation rather than imprisonment.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No better an example than that of the mass killer Breivik in Norway who is now kept incarcerated in isolation. But, mental health in the US is not Norwegian.
      Incarceration in Norway is 75 people per hundred thousand while in the US it is over 700 per hundred thousand.

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    • Big M Says:

      There’s a group demanding that the investigation be re opened. Two sizes of shell casing, wounds consistent with two different calibres, Martin Bryant was left handed yet witnesses claim to have seen someone shooting right handed. Yes, there’s probably another person at large who has responsible for some of the shootings.

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  9. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Gun manufacturers and their lapdog National Rifle Association have incredible power in America, Gerard. The vast majority of Americans want to see semi-automatic weapons of mass destruction banned but politicians continue to support the NRA as opposed to their constituencies. The proposal to arm teachers and teach them how to kill, as Trump has suggested, is insane. America seems close to bankrupt on solutions. Hopefully, the high school kids who are speaking out so well and passionately, the kids who just saw 17 of their classmates shot down, will make a difference. Nothing else has seemed to work. –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Try as I might to get a handle on this, I find it incredible that the logic of less guns means less killings, is escaping the US for years on end, Curt.

      How much longer can this go on? And now armed guards disguised as librarians?

      I am a student entering the library; ‘excuse me Sir, can you tell me if you have a copy of ‘One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich’, ‘I am studying life in a Russian Gulag?’ The guards see my satchel bulging out. He doesn’t muck about and pulls his gun. I am dead now.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        It’s a form of mass insanity Gerard. The gun industry has persuaded every-day hunters that as soon as the government has eliminated AK 15s, they will come after their deer rifles. Way back when I was organizing a campaign in California to increase the tobacco tax and spend a substantial amount of the funds raised on tobacco prevention, the tobacco industry decided it was the greatest threat it had ever faced (turned out, it was). What they did was do every thing they could to persuade beer and wine drinkers that we would tax them next if we succeeded. Same old, same old. Fortunately the wine and beer drinkers didn’t believe them. –Curt

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  10. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    I hope there is, Gerard.
    Thank you for this important blogpost!
    As a mom, grandma, teacher, and human being…I find the killing of children so sad, disturbing, angering, etc.! 😦
    I think this generation of adults, who did NOT have to deal with school shootings when they were kids/in school, do not have a clue as to what to do. 😦 You’d think they would because they have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in schools today and you would thin they would care, be angry, do something!
    I think the kids (teenagers and younger) have had enough of going to school in fear. I hope they get even angrie4r and say “Enough!” and things will change as they become adults/voters.
    (((HUGS)))

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I handed in my two guns in 1996 and was paid handsomely, Caroline. I inherited them from my late brother John who used to go pig hunting at Macquarie Marshes, at the back of the Black Stump, near the dingo fence.

      John also brought up a pit-bull terrier pup, who the previous owner said was the perfect dog for pig hunting.

      Anyway, he took this dog, after having grown full size, for his first wild pig kill. I was with my brother to help his hunting. At the sight of the first wild pig, my brother let go of ‘Charley’ the pig killer. Charley was totally disinterested in the pig. My brother thought he would carry the dog closer to the pig and thought the smell of the pig would awaken his pig-kill instinct.
      Grown pit-bull terriers are not light. After running around carrying the pit-bull terrier it became clear Charley wasn’t the slightest interested in pigs or killings. My brother was miffed that his bull terrier was so slack in not wanting to kill pigs.

      It might well come about that the young Americans today will also follow Charley’s example and lose all interest in shooting, killing and guns.

      Hugs!!!!

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