To our friends in the U.S. in light of events yesterday;
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies.
Even though we’re close neighbors, we don’t fully understand the U.S. gun culture that is part of the DNA of those with whom we share this continent. And before we start to sound judgmental, we don’t always get it right up here, either; neither have we been immune to gun violence.
But we don’t think the framers of the U.S. constitution had yesterday in mind when they drafted the 2nd Amendment. Rather, I think they would be appalled, provided they were not completely bewildered trying to process where things presently stand.
This is only going to get worse. And worse and worse.
It’s time to drop everything else you’re doing and have the conversation necessary to save America.
It’s time to repeal the 2nd Amendment.
I know this subject rips at the emotions of people within the U.S.; and I’m not trying to open existing wounds. I am simply stating an opinion commonly held by people outside the U.S., an, “It’s broken; you need to fix that thing;” opinion which I know does not play well with some Americans. The push-back in the comments section was fully anticipated. I’m just saying that this is how it looks to outsiders. We grieve with you, and know the pain you are experiencing as a nation because this thing hits close to home for us as well. But it represents a set of circumstances that are unique to the U.S. that I truly wish were different; that Americans would begin now to beat their swords into plowshares.
I also want to say that I didn’t tag this blog post at all. I’m not looking to attract conversation here, I’m just expressing an opinion to regular readers here at Thinking Out Loud.
How does what happened get covered by Canadian news? Check out the commentary from CBC reporters Paul Hunter and Neil MacDonald especially Neil’s piece in the first segment from 6:59 to 10:28, and both reporters from approx 20:15 to 25:30 in the second segment
Deja vu all over again? Less than five months ago, we published this piece, Another Day of Random Violence
Update December 23rd — I found an interesting six-minute video today that I think you should see. The comments describing the “unique problem” in the United States are what I was aiming for here.