During discussion around the massacre (because that is what it was, even if the mass media would prefer not to use that term) that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida this Valentines Day I was linked to the above GQ article. Now, if like me, you’ve spent years and years watching cop movies and TV shows then you probably automatically assumed that there would be some centralised, computerised database that the Police can access to find details of who purchased a particular gun and where they purchased it. Well, like me, you’d be wrong, and that is why I’ve linked to the above article because I find it utterly baffling that not only is that not the case, but the NRA have essentially made it illegal for such a thing to exist.
Now, I’m not pretending for a moment that having a computerised database in place would be a deterrent for anyone considering using a gun on another human being, as theres much bigger issues at hand that play into the mentality of America’s obsession with gun ownership, but as a citizen of a country where you have to hold a license to own a gun and that gun is registered for a specific purpose (i.e. its a tool, not a possession that someone believes they are entitled to own because it was written down that they could own one nearly 3 and a half centuries ago) I find it really rather scary that a number of vocal US citizens appear to not care at all about the lax legislation around a device whos only purpose is to kill another living creature. Obviously I know that this doesn’t apply to all Americans and a few I’ve been talking to over Facebook this week who I’ve shown this article to have also been incredibly shocked by the state of gun possession in their own country, but its really rather depressing that America wants to paint itself as this glorious place to live but it doesn’t even want to ensure the safety of its own children.