Speaking of Guardian articles, I came across another from the Observer by Micheal Cohen contrasts the reaction of Americans to the Boston bombing to the everyday carnage inflicted on the US by its lax gun laws. Consider that over the course of the man hunt for these two teenage amateur wannabe jihadi’s there were numerous gun deaths, including at least one multiple murder suicide shooting, and including more than a few in Boston itself. Was the city put in “lock down” over this? No! Did they call out the national guard, of course not!
On average about over a 1,000 die a month in America due to gun violence, with countless others injured, far more than have been killed in Terrorist attacks since 9/11. Indeed even the death toll from 9/11 was easily eclipsed by the average quarterly gun death rate in the US. The US spend hundreds of Billions on security, tore up civil liberties, put themselves massively in debt with two and a bit wars (one of the longest overseas combat deployments in US military history) over the murder of as many people as they loose to gun deaths in a few months! To call such behaviour irrational if not down right crazy is something of an understatement.
Yet Americans do not seem to get it. They want to keep their gun under the bed, even though the lax guns laws just make it easier for criminals (or indeed terrorists such as the two Boston Marathon suspects) to acquire such hardware, and you’re merely increasing the chances of that gun being used against a family member, either by accident or as a result of a suicide.
And of course this dualism clearly suggests to America’s enemies in the world where lies the countries Achilles heel. If I was Kim Jung-un I won’t waste time trying to develop nuclear weapons or long range rockets. A far more effective means of getting his way against the Americans would be to get a few agents to infiltrate the US, go to a gun show (where they can purchase weapons without any background check or awkward questions and “tool up“, then upon their orders coming through they launch a few “terrorists” attacks. Indeed, they won’t even need to do much other than let it be known they had a vast arsenal of weapons (via You-tube) and then sit back while the authorities “locked down” a few cities (crippling the US economy) and basically run around in a complete tizzy.
Predictably the response from our those friendly NRA folks is to claim that oh, most people handle guns safely and should we all be punished because a few go on a killing spree. Indeed one commenter to the above article blamed these gun deaths on inner city folks. For those of you who dont speak red neck inner city folks is code word for black people as using the N word on Guardian blogs tends to get you thrown off.
And speaking of racists, in the aftermath of the Boston bombings a number of amateur sleuths began crawling the internet looking for photographs to try and identify the bombers, notably on Reddit (a common hangout of libertarians and tea party types). However this quickly descended into what New Statesman referred to as a racist game of Wheres Wally or as Charlie Brooker put it wheres Waalid. Of course predictably they tended to focus on anyone who looked vaguely Asian, often posting photographs with someone circled with the words brown, backpack. It was just as well Grizzly Adams didnt take Gentle Ben and Teddy (from that Seth Mc Farlane film) for a walk in the park or theyd have all been killed by snipers on sight. However in the mean time they caused great distress, particularly when they fingered one particular guy, who had run away from home and has since rather unfortunately turned up dead, likely due to a suicide.
Of course the thought that the killers might be white (not all Muslims are Asian and of course America has plenty of home grown terrorists, notably amoung the white supremacists groups) never occurred to them.