A senior federal judge in California overturned the state’s longtime ban on assault weapons Friday, likening an AR-15 to a Swiss Army Knife in his ruling.
“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment,” wrote Roger Benitez. (The Daily Beast)
Know this, and know it well:
Nothing will change until rich and powerful people start getting killed in mass shootings.
The gun industry–which is a founding member of the military industrial complex (the corporate cartel that rapes us to the tune of over $700 billion per year)–does not care how many people their products kill, maim, abuse, or terrorize.
They’ve probably filed that under some obscure “value added” clause.
As it is now, there is an average of one mass-shooting per day in America, but unless there are more than four or five casualties, the event rarely makes national news. Yes, we’ve been conditioned to that point of apathy: a mass shooting of three or four people is no longer nationally newsworthy.
And even when there are ten or twenty people killed, or more, then the same old song is sung on the network news shows…for a couple of days…and then everything goes back to normal and we basically forget it ever happened.
And why is that?
It’s because only nobodies are getting killed.
We’re pushing forty thousand nobodies getting gunned down every year, and not a damn thing is, or will be, done about it.
But you watch, someday a few dozen somebodies are going to get mowed down like blades of helpless grass in a thresher of flying Swiss Army lead–and things will change toot sweet.
Honest to God. If a few billionaires and Wall Street fat cats are having some kind of “freedom” shindig, and one of the caterers pulls out his trusty Swiss Army Knife and murders twenty people in the span of thirty seconds…then within a fortnight, congress will call a special session. Then they’ll ram through some legislation to ensure such a thing never happens again.
Nothing will change regarding gun violence in America until important people start dying from mass-shootings.
Tick-tock goes the clock….