The US Senate just finished bending over to the gun lobby and voted down a measure that would, and I cannot make this up, make private or online sales of deadly weapons subject to a background check, because as one Senator from Utah put it “It would be too confusing for citizens to do when purchasing a gun”. Let’s ignore that the Brady Bill, enacted 20 years ago, has stopped 2 million people who shouldn’t own a gun from obtaining one legally, and that this bill specifically said there would be no gun registry (because of course the paranoid morons in the US think the UN choppers are coming at any minute to take their guns), it still failed.
People ask if Monkey and I would ever move our family to the US. No. Never. The US has lost their damn minds, and I have no intention of ever moving back. It’s bad enough I have to pay taxes to them every year (as will my son, even if he never lives or works on US soil), I sure as hell don’t have to let my kid be a walking target practice dummy for these morons. (From the linked report, here’s US: #1 in gun ownership, with 88 guns per 100 people, and #1 in gun deaths of 1st world nations per capita). To quote from the scientists who did the report: “Americans are seven times more likely to be murdered than people in the other countries, and 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun.”).
And to be fair, it’s not just prostitution to the gun lobby that gets me – it’s Universal healthcare tanking in the US (while US outspends the rest of the world on healthcare per person yet leads the modern world in infant mortality, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, drug abuse, obesity and diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and disabilities), or the fact that the UK/EU has the most stringent GMO regulations in the world while the US anonymously sticks the Monsanto Protection Act into a bill. It’s the fact that for many, many of its issues, my kid statistically has a better chance of making his 5th birthday here versus the US. Hell, his life expectancy overall is much better here than in the land of the free. Statistically, he’ll go to school longer and test much higher in math and literacy than if he was in the US (America is 7th in literacy, 22nd in science, 27th in math).
We may have left them 237 years ago, but in the United Kingdom, my son has a better chance at Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness than in the US.
Now, it would be one thing if this didn’t pass, and everyone was discussing what they feel would be reasonable measures to stem the tide of gun violence. But no. Here is the leader of the majority, Mitch McConnell, on his official facebook page this morning:
That’s right, we got an IN YO FACE meme, while parents of dead children sat in the Senate gallery, watching the vote. Fuck your dead kids, fuck the fact that public polls 90% wanted background checks, and 70% of NRA members agreed, the gun lobby says NO, and we go where the money is.
It’s that particular brand of pissing on the graves of the dead that gets me – the out and out purchase of the House and Senate, the fact that they are proud of turning their backs on the will of the people, the ones who voted them in office in the first place…well, I don’t see why I should choose to live there when I have options.