This photo from my favourite News Service Reuters shows 1,300 roses planted on a beach in Brazil. Each rose represents a gun death in that country during a four month period.
By comparison, in America, there are almost 30,000 gun deaths per year which works out to be 10,000 each four months. And just a few days ago 32 people died tragically in Virginia when a student went on a shooting spree.
Despite figures like these, the worldwide gun lobby claims that guns don't kill people, people kill people. And the cowboy President George Bush insists that citizens of his country should have the right to bear arms because the Government can't guarantee to protect them at all times.
Now, I don't want to be a troublemaker but the question I would like to ask is: if all the guns in the world held by private citizens were replaced by water pistols would the gun death rate decline?
Now commonsense (a scarce commodity) would say it would but the gun lobby would argue that it wouldn't. They would argue that people armed with no more than water pistols, if they wanted to kill someone, would simply find another way. Now exactly how someone would kill 32 people with a baseball bat or a wine bottle or a bow and arrow or a garrote in a couple of hours is beyond my imagination. You might be able to kill a couple of innocent folk if you were so inclined but the rest would probably turn on you and beat you to a pulp and serves you bloody right!
Regarding the Bush argument, if the Government can't protect you then perhaps they shouldn't be in government. And besides, if everyone had water pistols (which could be made to look exactly like the real thing), then, if someone broke in, the worst that could happen is that you get wet pyjamas and perhaps a few watermarks on the carpet while the intruder ends up looking like a drowned rat and will probably catch pneumonia and serves him bloody right!
Folks, call me old-fashioned but I think gun deaths are caused by guns that go bang and we should get rid of them ASAP.
Stuff the mega-buck gun lobby and George Bush!