Yet another crazy shooting spree in the US once again raises the debate about whether or not the country needs gun control which will be opposed by the Republicans and the powerful NRA lobby and fizzle out until the next time.
Speaking as an outsider, it does seem odd and by ‘outsider’ I mean someone who lives in a country where it isn’t a constitutional right to wander around bearing weapons of mass destruction.
But it does give me a degree of objectivity on the issue that might be lacking if you’re a US citizen and I think I have a solution that will satisfy both sides of the debate.
The whole right to bear arms business entered the national psyche after the War of Independence when it was important to be able to call on an armed militia to put against any foreign aggressor and that really should be the starting point.
The right to bear arms was enshrined in the constitution so why don’t they go back to that with a law that says you can, as long as it is a musket and ball weapons of that vintage.
Should some maniac then decide to go on the rampage, chances are they’ll blow their own head off rather than anyone else’s. But even if the musket works as it should, they only get one shot before having to spend sixty seconds or so reloading in which time the police could intervene and give them a damned good thrashing.
Surely the NRA couldn’t object. It’s a tradition after all. Oh, and it might also give the deer and the grizzlies a fighting chance.