Somehow, I get the feeling that columnist Henry Porter isn’t a fan of the Second Amendment. As he’s a British subject, it doesn’t really matter a whole lot. After all, he doesn’t get to vote on American issues. Porter seems to understand this. That’s why he’s calling for the international community to intervene here in the United States:
That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks – last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC’s navy yard – and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis – a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families – the maiming and killing of children – just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe.
Maybe because these deaths aren’t even remotely related to one another except that the implement used is the same?:
The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesn’t qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does.