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Case O' Guns
“What future is in hold for the deeply entrenched American belief of the right to bear arms?”                                                    Case O’ Guns (Photo credit: Gregory Wild-Smith)

The recent gun massacre in America is bringing every local and national journalist and politician to the fore with ideas on ’what went wrong’ and how the deeply entrenched American belief of the right to bear arms looks for the future. Every society has its sociopaths, and the U.S. has them by the boatload it could be argued; but it’s a big country with an antiquated frontier mentality. Incidents like the Newtown shootings bring the gun lobby strongly into focus, and also the thing that many American hate the most – the spectre of federal regulation.

With all of the opinion, conjecture and editorial ink currently flying, it’s interesting to read that America’s biggest gun manufacturer, the Freedom Group, is up for sale. CNN just ran a lengthy piece by prominent businessman John MacIntosh, where the writer posits a scenario of how a new breed of investors could take over the company and somehow make gun ownership ’ethical.’ A strange article, for sure, and one that highlights the deep-seated love of weapons that North Americans have. MacIntosh mentions the turnaround that big tobacco has faced in the last several decades and suggests that, perhaps, guns just need a new marketing makeover and a new drive towards responsible ownership.

I remember living in London several short years ago when the government decided to ban smoking in all pubs and restaurants. I thought at the time that the Brits will never allow this to happen; the date came and went, and people just moved outside to have a smoke – no mess, no fuss, no 1917 revolution. MacIntosh’s idea is flawed, insofar as there will always be new massacres as long as guns are legal for ownership – it’s that simple. Putting a cuddly, leftist movie star like George Clooney at the front of a ’new era’ NRA campaign isn’t going to change the fact that matches and kerosene will start a fire if they aren’t controlled. Americans need to stop fearing the government and take a hard look at themselves, and their fellow citizens.

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William R. Feins , freelance journalist from London, UK; he received his B.A. degree in Economics and his Masters in Sociology. William has always been interested in the mechanics of business and the inspiration of original thinkers, and firmly believes that the former can’t succeed without the latter. In his spare time, he enjoys the ridiculous spectacle of watching table tennis on a big screen (preferably at a pub) and reading weighty tomes about World War II.

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