Trump Giving A Big “Thumps Up” With A Baby Orphaned By The El Paso Shooting

The baby’s fingers had been broken during the shooting from his mother shielding him from the gun fire. The baby had been discharged but brought back to the hospital for the photo op by the baby’s uncle (pictured on the left).

More Info – Business Insider: “Trump gave a thumbs-up in a photo with a baby orphaned by El Paso mass shooting”

Photo Source – First Lady Melania Trump’s Twitter account

Guns Across The World

Japan

  • Population in 2018: 127,185,332
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 10

From Business Insider:

Japan’s success in curbing gun deaths is intimately linked with its history. Following World War II, pacifism emerged as one of the dominant philosophies in the country. Police only started carrying firearms after American troops made them, in 1946, for the sake of security. It’s also written into Japanese law, as of 1958, that “no person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.”

If Japanese people want to own a gun, they must attend an all-day class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy during a shooting-range test. Then they have to pass a mental-health evaluation, which takes place at a hospital, and pass a background check, in which the government digs into their criminal record and interviews friends and family. They can only buy shotguns and air rifles — no handguns — and every three years they must retake the class and initial exam.

Japan has also embraced the idea that fewer guns in circulation will result in fewer deaths. Each prefecture — which ranges in size from half a million people to 12 million, in Tokyo — can operate a maximum of three gun shops; new magazines can only be purchased by trading in empty ones; and when gun owners die, their relatives must surrender the deceased member’s firearms.

Sweden

  • Population in 2018: 10,026,586
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 41

Switzerland

  • Population in 2018: 8,544,034
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 47

United Kingdom

  • Population in 2018: 66,809,412
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 50

Israel

  • Population in 2018: 8,452,841
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 105

Australia

  • Population in 2018: 24,964,327
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 207

United States

  • Population in 2018: 329,093,106
  • Guns in 2018: 393,347,000
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 39,773

Vonnegut on Gun Control

“My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die.

There is evil for you.

We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true.

I give you a holy word: DISARM.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick

Google Trends – [gun control]

Google queries for the term [gun control] remain strong post-Parkland. Usually, these fade fast after an incident, but this suggests that this time has more sustainability.

The brave survivors speaking out, upcoming nationwide demonstrations, and actions from organizations like Eveytown.org will hopefully keep this issue alive.

I have hope.