http://www.worldmeets.us/images/gun-red-white-blue_pic.jpg

Can any event, however deadly, penetrate the American

dedication to the right to bear arms?

 

 

After Newtown: No Better Time for Americans to Debate Gun Control (Folha, Brazil)

 

"Obama spokesman Jay Carney said that the day would come for discussing the issue of carrying guns, but that it wasn't today. ... but if a day in which 20 boys and girls younger than 10 years of age are murdered isn't appropriate, when will there ever be an appropriate moment? what Carney argued is that this emotional moment is not the most suitable for a debate on an issue so dear to Americans, which makes sense. But when we talk about school children as targets of a shooter, is there any way to take emotion out of the equation?"

 

By Luciana Coelho

                            http://www.worldmeets.us/images/Luciana-Coelho_mug.jpg

 

Translated By Andréia Barbosa da Silva

 

December 16, 2012

 

Brazil - Folha - Original Article (Portuguese)

Visibly distraught, President Obama addresses the nation after America's latest gun massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. By asserting that something must be done to stem such attacks, the president somewhat forcefully reentered the debate about restricting firearms.

CBC NEWS VIDEO: Canada's nightly national news broadcast looks at the tragedy in Newtown, Dec. 15, 00:23:15RealVideo

WASHINGTON: When a young man of 24 man entered a movie theater in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, shooting and killing 12 people in July, the-then two U.S. presidential candidates lamented the tragedy, offering condolences and avoiding the question of the right of every U.S. citizen to carry guns.

 

Discussing the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed the right to bear arms in an era when the U.S. still had militias, was not considered electorally healthy in the midst of the campaign.

 

On Friday, when a young man killed 20 children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, a hamlet of 27,500 residents in wealthy Connecticut, Jay Carney, spokesman for the re-elected President Obama, said that the day would come for discussing the issue of carrying guns, but that it wasn't today.

Posted by Worldmeets.US

 

Sadly, this type of crime is becoming increasingly part of American life. But if a day in which 20 boys and girls younger than 10 years of age are murdered isn't appropriate, when will there ever be an appropriate moment?

 

TV hosts and reporters are crying before the cameras. Children rescued by their teachers during the shooting describe the noise and screams they heard apparently without appreciating the full magnitude of what they witnessed. The president interrupts his public statement three times in just five minutes to clear his choked throat, wipe away a tear and take a deep breath. "He is also following the news like a father," said Carney.

 

But Obama didn't touch on the Second Amendment. He merely said people need to come together to take “meaningful action." What could be more meaningful than to control gun sales?

 

Parents with children in the same age range as those who were killed, and who live not far from Newtown, are circulating an article from the Huffington Post that classifies gun control as a parenting issue.

 

What Carney argued is the equivalent of saying that this emotional moment is not the most suitable for a debate on an issue so dear to Americans, which makes sense. But when we talk about school children as targets of a shooter, is there any way to take emotion out of the equation? And when we remember that this is the third massacre in less than six months - in addition to the movie theater, there was the Sikh temple in Milwaukee in August - can anyone say that the statistics are skewed?

 

YOUR DONATION MAKES OUR WORK AS

A NON-PROFIT POSSIBLE. THANK YOU.

Like Worldmeets.US on Facebook

 

Many readers, on other occasions, have pointed out that in Brazil, the sale of weapons is prohibited, yet the number of deaths from firearms is close to 40,000 per year (the data varies according to source and method of counting).

 

But Brazil might not be the best example to compare with the United States. In other high-income countries where the sale of firearms is prohibited or controlled, the incidence of crimes of this kind is significantly lower than in the U.S. The Harvard School of Public Health has established a correlation between number of weapons and homicides.

 

Even so, the discussion gets complicated because most Americans continue to favor the carrying of weapons, and the Second Amendment seems untouchable. The National Rifle Association, the leading pro-gun group, has 1.7 million fans on Facebook.

 

But there is a growing campaign for better regulation, background checks, control over sales and limiting the number and type of weapons sold. It is around this debate that American politicians and activists should start to build their arguments.

 

The information up to now, as a matter of fact, is that the shooter used weapons in the crime that belonged to his mother - and that he also used them to kill her.

 

 

SEE ALSO ON THIS:
La Jornada, Mexico: Newtown: Gun 'Barbarism' that Cannot be Removed by Legislation
RDS, Canada: After Newtown Killings, Sport Must Takes a Back Seat to Healing
The Tribune, India: U.S. Must Better Protect Sikhs, Other Religious 'Soft Targets'
IBN Live Video: Indian Sikhs React to Temple Slaughter in Wisconsin
Guardian, U.K.: Sikhs Say Attacks on Community are 'Collateral Damage' of 9/11
The Hindu, India: India seeks more security for religious places in U.S.
Elsevier, The Netherlands: How in the West and East, Mass Murderers are Bred
Liberation, France:America and Firearms: ‘How Many People Have to Die?’
Die Tageszeitung, Germany: The NRA: America's ‘Deadliest’ Lobby
Izvestia, Russia: Batman Shootings Elicit No Fear from Russia Film Execs
Khaleej Times, UAE: Colorado: ‘Big Brother’ U.S. Had Best Tend to its Own House
Saarbruecker Zeitung, Germany: Bloody Acts Like these ‘Cannot Be Prevented’
La Jornada, Mexico: 'Violence and Barbarism' in Retrograde United States
Berliner Morgenpost, Germany: Anders Breivik: Europe's Own Osama bin Laden
Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria: The Troubling Profile of a 'Bushian Terrorist'
DNA, France: Terrorism in Toulouse and the ‘Currency of Hate’
Sydsvenskan, Sweden: After September 11, We 'Lost What We Wanted to Defend'
Polityka, Poland: America in Anger's Clutches
Beijing Youth Daily, China: Making Sense of America's Right to Bear Arms
Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany: Virginia Tech One Year On: The 'Silent Scandal'
New Straits Times, Malaysia: Don't Just Blame Virginia Tech …
Kitabat, Iraq: 'Thank Allah the Virginia Killer Wasn't Muslim'
La Jornada, Mexico: Virginaa Tech: An American Tragedy
NRC Handlesblad, Netherlands: Americans Distrust State Monopoly on Violence
JoongAng Daily, South Korea: The Legacy of Cho Seung-hui: A Lesson to Koreans
The Korea Herald, South Korea: Koreans Feel Collective Guilt Over the Massacre
La Jornada, Mexico: Rejecting U.S. Drug War is Essential for Mexico's Survival
Xinjingbao, China: Information Society Triggered Massacre
China Daily, China: A Nation Cannot Be Tarred by a Single Killer
La Jornada, Mexico: The 'Paths of Death' Lead to Washington
La Jornada, Mexico: A Culture of Violence …
O Povo, Brazil: Virginia Tech: Sign of Our Wounded Civilization
Khaleej Times, UAE: Shooting Shows Something Ails America 'At its Core'

Al Watan Voice, Palestinian Territories: Fort Hood: 'Muslims Can't Be Trusted'

Dar Al Khaleej, UAE: America's 'Black Knights' and the Fort Hood Tragedy

Le Temps, Switzerland: 'Double Lesson' at Fort Hood

Khaleej Times, U.A.E. Fort Hood Shooting: 'Don't Pin It on Faith'

Hurriet, Turkey: Shooting at Fort Hood and the Role of Muslim Clerics

The Telegraph, U.K.: British Muslims Debate the Fort Hood Killer

 

CLICK HERE FOR PORTUGUESE VERSION

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Posted by Worldmeets.US Dec. 16, 3:59pm]