Something Does Indeed Need To Change…

…how about ‘acceptance of personal responsibility’ for starters?

Ian Mercer, originally from Preston, said he was astonished that his 26-year-old son had been able to amass a large haul of guns.

“How was he able to compile that kind of arsenal?” he said, speaking to American television crews from his home in Torrance, California.

“It has to change. How can it not? “

Well, there’s this little thing called the Constitution for a start.

He refused to discuss his son’s mental condition – it has been reported that he suffered from Asperger’s syndrome and was a reclusive figure, obsessed with Nazis and the IRA, and angry that he didn’t have a girlfriend.

Maybe those were the issues at hand?

But no, it must have been the pernicious effect of a simple tool for propelling a metal object very fast over long distances.

“Even people who believe in the right to bear arms, what right do you have to take peoples’ lives?

“That’s what guns are: killers, simple as that. It’s black and white. What do you want the gun for?”

Well, for hunting, for home defence, to hone target skills…

And why should anyone need to justify why they need so many? Chris Evans can only drive one car at a time, so should we ask why he needs a garage-ful? I can only use one kitchen knife at a time, but I’ve got more than one. Should someone be able to restrict my ownership?

Thankfully, the Yanks aren’t quite as meek as most Brits in these matters:

Yet Mr Mercer’s comments were not at all in tune with the sentiment in rural Roseburg, a timber and ranching town of 22,000 people, 180 miles south of Portland.

At a candlelit prayer vigil in neighbouring Winston – where evangelical preacher Billy Graham’s “Rapid Response Team” had parked their giant “mobile ministry” lorry, driven from Carolina – many were horrified at the idea of fewer guns.

“My husband and I both go to Umpqua Community College, and I think we should be protected,” said Tara Knight, who had brought her three boisterous sons to the vigil.

“After the Charleston shooting, I noticed more people bringing their guns into church on a Sunday. I didn’t think it was necessary – but now I do, and I’m glad they’re there.”

“I always carry a gun,” said John Fish, an army veteran who now runs a construction business in Winston.

“And they should have armed guards at schools.

“If you’re going to put a fish in a barrel, protect it.”

Quite so. Armed guards are good enough for the President, after all.

7 comments for “Something Does Indeed Need To Change…

  1. Hereward unbowed.
    October 14, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    The madness of the individual or, the insanity of government policy, which has degraded the nation through compromise, subversiveness, willfully destroying a nations traditions and its institutions – indeed the western hemisphere inclusive, of Australia is being reamed out.

    Mad, bad or what, is it ‘company policy’?

    Haven’t they legalised selling skunk weed in the state above Oregon [Washington]? Isn’t it more pertinent to beg, just who was selling this kid mind altering drugs, he already was an unbalanced nutter, smoking very strong weed like skunk – for a bloke who is not in a sound state of mind is analogous to pouring Kerosene on a bonfire.

    Who sat by, which President was it who waved it on through – as certain states were given carte blanche to legalise the growing and the purveyance of cannabis weed?

    Which crime is the greater, selling a kid a gun or selling him the means the gateway – to become an unhinged nutter?

    I live in the UK, I’ve never smoked weed, I would like to purchase a small semiautomatic to keep at home for my personal protection but my government thinks this is not a good idea, and will never sanction it. HMG, it does however think it OK to allow millions of potential suicide bombers and terrorists to come and go as they please and throwing at them in the meantime actually aiding, funding their adventures through paying with no questions asked, throwing them benefits galore.

    Why do we put up with it?

    More to the point, why does the law abiding citizen find his life is being scrutinized to the nth degree, targeted, browbeaten by the authorities, bullied by a state machine. Juxtaposed with this same state machine, which took the police off our streets, which cannot control crime, massive using – illegal purveyance of proscribed drugs, serial sexual abuse of white girls by Pakistani gangs and any other number and types of trespassing?

    Why do we give away £13 billion in foreign aid AND yet cut our [throats] own army?

    Whose the more irresponsible, who makes it so that, terrorism and crime pays? OUR Government – that’s who.

  2. Justin
    October 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm


    I’m just disappointed they spelt “bear arms” correctly. I was sure someone would get that wrong, inviting short sleeved sarcasm.

    • Errol
      October 14, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      I have this idea that if Americans were told that it wasn’t a bear arms, but bare arms typo, they’d all get rid of t shirts adn scrap the guns.

      After all, it’s in duh consdidudion (as americans don’t pronounce the letter T).

    • Voice of Reason
      October 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      I prefer George Carlin’s “Right to arm bears.”

  3. October 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm
  4. Errol
    October 14, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    The problem is very straightforward: Americans.

    That’s it, in a word. They’re socially immature. Heck, even their spelling is phonic. They glorify guns. They collect them like toys, give them as presents to children for goodness sake.

    Home defence? Nonsense. Most gun crime is committed by blacks then hispanics. Then they say it’s to protect themselves from the guvmunt – well, government has missiles. What they want is to kill each other.

    A gun has no other purpose than to kill. They don’t need ‘to hunt’. This is primitive, pathetic macho nonsense.

    Americans simply are not grown up enough to have guns.

    • October 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

      We don’t ‘need’ to take holidays. We don’t ‘need’ to paint, or do DIY. We don’t ‘need’ to read books.

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