Gun Violence in America: It’s the Gun, Stupid!

Not that I’m going to say anything radically different from others who have more, professional expertise on this subject.

Here’s a short summary of this blog post: Guns. Kill. People. Children. Period.

National Rifle Association, and their WMD industries and favored politicians — mostly Republicans, but some Democrats too, would disagree with the above statement.

But let them disagree. Would the sellers of poison ever agree that poison is bad for your health? At least, they have a warning label. Do Wal-Mart guns carry such labels too? Or, the weapons of mass destruction Stephen Paddock bought at Guns and Guitars in Nevada?

Like, Warning: Guns are Deadly Weapons. Guns Kill.  ??

To make it short, I’m posting a few charts below, to enunciate the epidemic of gun violence in America. You look at them, and you decide for yourself.

I rest my case.

Sincerely,

Partha Banerjee

Brooklyn, New York

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Chart 1.

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Data from CDC. CDC is a federal organization.

Chart 2. 

Toddler gun stats

Chart 3.

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Source: CDC.gov

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Country shooting list

Chart 6. — Last but not least. I want to laugh…but this is no laughing matter.

Pat Robertson on Las Vegas massacre

 

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Mass Murdering Innocent Children NOT An Act of Terror? Then, What Is?

SH1Please sign this petition to President Obama to declare gun violence an act of terror. Thank you. Click on this link and scroll down to the bottom of the petition.

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No, I am not even talking about how these small children died. Because it might hurt a lot of people. Because it’s too graphic, too disturbing, too nauseating. Too nightmarish.

A full disclosure of facts might make a lot of Newtown residents very, very, very traumatized. It might make the entire world go through serious depression.

And, a full disclosure and a detailed description of that bloody morning inside that school might make a lot of people — powerful people — very angry. Because they’re trying to hide it all. Just the same way they have always hidden other such deaths of children: Pakistani or Afghan children blown away by drones, or Palestinian children severed by bombs, Kashmiri children pierced through by military machine guns. And so on.

Let’s revisit the historic, one of the most gruesome, catastrophic, barbaric act of cruelty that occurred on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. A deranged killer Adam Lanza brought handguns and high-powered rifles into Sandy Hook Elementary School, and slaughtered twenty six and seven-year-old children and six adults. It was one of the worst nightmares that came true. It was the ultimate gun horror even in this gun-horrible place called USA.

I imagined a lot and I had to. Because our media and our government and our elite people in power decided not to tell us how sadly, violently, painfully they perished.

I do not want to make Newtown, Connecticut residents overly traumatized all over again: they’ve been going through a lot. I do not want to make the elite powerful who’re trying to hide other such gruesome mass murder of children overly angry. Because I am too small and powerless to withstand their wrath.

I know how these little angels suffered that morning because of this grotesque gun massacre. I know because I can imagine it all. It was hell. It was blood splattered on the classroom wall. It was body parts and brains and little limbs all over. It was much, much more. Even experienced, diehard first responders needed counseling after going through that horror.

It was one of the worst terrorist acts on the soil of the United States of America. It didn’t matter if the killer Adam Lanza was a psychopath, a mentally unstable, disturbed person.

I do not care. At the end of that fateful morning, his violent terror took the lives of twenty first graders and six school officials — ten days before Christmas, 2012.

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Some media is already spinning the Connecticut catastrophe in favor of NRA and gun lobby; they are saying such killings are almost always done by mentally sick people, and therefore, gun violence and gun control are not and should not be at the center of this discussion. They are wrong. They are making the water murky, on purpose.

There are many clever politicians and “leaders” in the U.S. government that are now taking a little stiff position, only to save their political careers. These people — some of them Democrats — have always sold out to NRA and the gun lobby. Just the same way Democrats have sold out to other powerful lobbies over the recent years: banks, financial institutions, IMF, World Bank and Wall Street. We know them all.

I have no illusions about them. Not any more. Very soon, as soon as Sandy Hook cools off, their Viagra talks will fall prostrate.

Before that happens, I want to say this.

Terror is terror, and terrorists are terrorists regardless of the state of their minds. In fact, I now believe even more that the Connecticut-type mass murder of innocent men, women and especially children IS an act of terror. We should not be confusing terror with the political word terrorism, with an emphasis on the “ism” part. I am not talking about violence for any ism — any political ideology or doctrine. I am highlighting the intent to hurt or kill the INNOCENT. I know how Indian, Bengali, Irish, Palestinian or other freedom fighters resorted to violence, and how they were branded terrorists by their oppressors. I am not getting into that discussion on rightness or wrongness of that violence. I do NOT support violence per se, and I have said it many times.

My point is, terror is terror regardless of who does it and where, as long as it hurts and kills the innocent. Sandy Hook Elementary School was an extreme, graphic example of that terror.

A recent New York Times op-ed reconfirms my belief that all gun violence is terrorism and should be called terrorism. It says: “WHAT do Mir Aimal Kansi, Ali Abu Kamal, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet and Nidal Malik Hasan have in common with Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Seung-Hui Cho and Adam Lanza? The first four claimed to be fighting the American government’s unholy oppression of Muslims; they struck the C.I.A. headquarters, the Empire State Building, Los Angeles International Airport and the Army base at Fort Hood, Tex., respectively. The last four seemed to be driven by personal motives; they shot up a high school, a university and an elementary school.”

They are all terrorists. Because they all had one intention in mind: to hurt and kill a large number of innocent civilians. They had various reasons to do it. But they all did one thing in common: kill the innocent.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School gun massacre of twenty little children WAS an act of terror. Make no mistake about it.

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Brady Center

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Again, I am asking you to read my little online petition to President Obama to declare gun violence an act of terror. (Please click on this link and sign and share).
I hope I get your support. I have only one purpose to do it: to create a paradigm shift in the discussion on gun violence. At the end of the day, there is only one goal: stop gun violence and gun deaths, once and for all.

If we do not act now, it is very likely that one of us — you or me — will see OUR children perish in the next act of primitive, gruesome barbarism — here in the U.S.

PLEASE do not let it happen.

Sincerely, Very Sincerely Writing,

Partha

Brooklyn, New York

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Sign Petition — President Obama: Declare Gun Violence an Act of Terrorism

You can either visit the link and sign petition there. Or, please send your name and email address with your permission. We’ll add your name to the pettiion. Thank you so much for your support and share.

Petiton can be found here. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/president-obama-declare-gun-violence-an-act-of/

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To:

Honorable Barack Obama

President, United States of America

The White House

Washington, D.C.

December 16, 2012

We, the following undersigned, respectfully demand that upon the backdrop of the gruesome gun massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut where among others, twenty little children were killed on Friday, December 14, 2012, you work with the Congress and various government organizations and departments, legislative bodies, individuals and citizens of this country, and declare that gun violence is an act of terrorism.

The Sandy Hook Elementary School gun massacre is a tragedy that put the entire country and its peace-loving citizens, parents, teachers and students under an ominous environment of hurt, sorrow, fear, anxiety and trauma. Our prayers are for the innocent victims and their families. Not just the little community of Newtown and its people, but the entire country is frozen in sadness, thinking about how the lives of these twenty little children and six other adults were unnecessarily taken away by a killer armed with weapons of mass destruction — an obvious terrorist act that is no different from any other acts of terror — anywhere in the U.S. or the world. This one tragedy has undermined the image and prestige of our nation, and embarrassed the U.S. in front of the global community.

We draw your attention to the fact that in his latest, strong crusade against gun violence, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York has said the following (reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/17/us/politics/bloomberg-urges-obama-to-take-action-on-gun-control.html?hp&_r=0):

““It’s time for the president to stand up and lead…This should be his No. 1 agenda. He’s president of the United States. And if he does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns” in the next year.”

Mr. President, you must not let that scary but honest prediction Mr. Bloomberg made come true. Already, we have lost too many precious lives to gun violence over the years. According to Handgun Control, Inc., 10,728 deaths in the U.S. were directly attributed to gun violence — only last year.

In this petition, we are purposefully avoiding the contentious discussion on the rights and wrongs of gun ownership, and this petition is not about asking you to do anything about the Second Amendment. We are not even getting into the discussion of what kinds of gun or weapon need to be controlled or curbed: we leave that up to others to deal with. We are only asking that you declare gun violence an act of terrorism, and pass legislation so that any gun assault — in particular, with an intent to hurt or kill a group of people in public places such as schools, shopping malls, post offices, transportation systems, religious institutions and so on — be considered a terrorist act.

We believe we have plenty of evidence to prove that the pattern of gun violence and killing in the U.S. clearly demonstrates patterns we find in other, horrific acts of terrorism – here in our country and all over the world. We are ready to cite the evidence if and when you need them. For now, we would just want you to look at the terrible results of these acts: mass murder of American people including innocent children.

We also believe that once gun violence is declared an act of terrorism, governments and law enforcement agencies would be able to use their powers to prevent and pre-empt future tragedies, and protect the vulnerable in a more meaningful way. Such a declaration from your office or Congress would also help our country’s legal systems to try perpetrators as terrorists, and at the same time, relieve us millions of American people of more fear and anxiety knowing our president and government are truly taking this menace seriously, with a strong effort to curb the violence and save innocent lives.

With this one critically important action from your office, there is going to be a paradigm shift about the issue of gun violence.

We would be more than happy to be a part of any conversation to make this demand a reality. We hope you get into a sincere conversation soon with the American people. Americans are looking forward to your leadership to stop gun violence and death, once and for all. We are here to support you.

Sandy Hook Elementary School has been one too many. These little kids did not have to die this way. Nobody has to die this way.

Stop this terrorism in America.

Sincerely Yours,

Mr. Partha Banerjee, Ph.D.

Brooklyn, New York

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President Obama: Gun Kills. Gun Kills Everywhere. Wake Up!

Connecticut Mother grieves. Gun and violence took away her child.
Connecticut Mother grieves. Gun and violence took away her child.

December 14, 2012. — Another scary, sad and traumatic day with a new gun rampage in Newtown, Connecticut, USA. At least 18 children were killed by gunman in an elementary school. I wrote on my Facebook page: This is not a civilized country. And God does not save the innocent.
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August 6, 2012. — Another scary, sad and traumatic day with a new gun rampage in Wisconsin, USA. This time, a number of innocent Sikhs fell victims to this hate. I pray for the victims’ families and express outrage.
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“The NRA is an organization that is adamant about no controls on weapons, in spite of the fact that we have federal laws that say you cannot sell guns to minors, to people with psychiatric problems or drug problems, or convicted felons. And yet they pressure Congress and the White House, and they’ve been doing it for decades, to not fund enforcement of those laws.”

— Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York. Quoted from The Hill, July 23, 2012.

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I hope you forgive me for being so undiplomatic today. But first, I want to say a prayer for the victims and their families and loved ones in Colorado.

Also, I remember Trayvon Martin. A few weeks ago, I wrote: “Trayvon Martin Would Still Be Alive If Zimmerman Had No Gun. Simple.” I hope you read it too.

Now, after today’s gun horror in Aurora, where a mass killer killed and hurt a large number of innocent people, President Obama said that the tragedy serves as a reminder that “life is very fragile.”

“Our time here is limited and it is precious.  And what matters at the end of the day is not the small things, it’s not the trivial things, which so often consume us and our daily lives.  Ultimately, it’s how we choose to treat one another and how we love one another,” he said.

I am very happy to know that President Obama still did not lose his poise and eloquence even after this gruesome mass killing that shook the entire world. Really, he should not because he is the president of USA; a president must keep his poise and emotional balance even under extreme circumstances.

I congratulate him for his calm.

However, I am not a U.S. president and I have no power to change the way things happen here in America or anywhere else in the world. I cannot change the way Obama sends drones to drop bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan — bombings that have killed hundreds of innocent men, women and children. I have no power to change Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy in Iran, Egypt or Syria and new war drumbeats in the Middle East — just the same way I could not do anything to change the policies of Bush and Cheney that started this millennium’s first genocide in Iraq and Afghanistan. I could not do anything to stop New York Times and other powerful media from publishing bogus reports on Saddam Hussain’s so-called Weapons of Mass Destruction — reports that helped validate the genocide and eventual rat-trapping and killing of the tyrant despot. Similar fate happened to Osama Bin Laden, and I had to no power to know what exactly happened to him during that military raid in Abbottabad.

Of course, I am not comparing terrorists in other countries with mass killers here in America. I have no power to make such a comparison either. These are apples and oranges that could not be compared.

I am a powerless man with no money, no media, no military and no mass support. I am a powerless man who can only imagine what went on with those fear-stricken people in that Colorado movie theater today. I can imagine their scared-to-death, white faces before their death. I can only imagine what those poor victims thought just before the mass killer who armed himself with guns and explosives and ammunition mowed them down — one after the other.

I can imagine placing myself in that crowd of horrified, screaming victims of gun violence. I can imagine placing my family and my children there too. I can imagine the hit and the hurt and splattering blood when a bunch of ultra-modern, powerful, lethal bullets pierced through my heart and blanketed my world with one final darkness. In the final moments, I can imagine I was praying to God that my wife and children be left safe. I was only wanting that they be left alone.

In those final moments before my deaths, I imagine I was praying to God that this be the last gun barbarism, ever.

President Obama, contrary to some of his predecessors, always says something that somehow resonates and stays back with you. In fact, he said this today (and so, yes, a very powerful man that he is, his thoughts were not much different from those of me, a very powerless man):

Upon learning the Colorado gun violence news, the president said he thought of his own two daughters.

“My daughters go to the movies. What if Malia and Sasha had been at the theater, as so many of our kids do every day? Michelle and I will be fortunate enough to hug our girls a little tighter tonight, and I’m sure you will do the same with your children,” he said. “But for those parents who may not be so lucky, we have to embrace them and let them know we will be there for them as a nation.”

[Mr. President, I would include some little facts here — facts of lives of very powerful people and their families — like the presence of secret service and combing operations and VIP security and bomb-sniffing dogs and all other such paraphernalia, but I won’t. Because I want to give you the benefit of the doubt. I want to believe you’re being honest about your wife and daughters.]

Congratulations again, President Obama. That’s exactly the type of words that won the hearts of millions of poor and powerless people like me four years ago, around this time. I am not sure what’s going to happen this November; however, if somebody asked me to vote for your calm, poise and eloquence today, you got my vote, Mr. President, one more time.

But I would positively vote for you if you thought about not just Sasha, Malia and Michelle and my children here in America, but the millions of children who’re losing their parents and siblings and uncles and aunts and nephews and nieces every single day — because of bullets shooting out of mighty guns and tanks and bombs dropping out of the wide-open holes of those drones.

I would definitely vote for you today if you stopped that violence once and for all. Those children are hurting too. They’re hurting and bleeding and crying and writhing in pain. I can  imagine that as well.

With your very sharp mind, critical thinking and eloquence — totally unlike your predecessors — couldn’t you imagine that, Mr. President?

Don’t get me wrong. I am not ever going to take away the grim, dark reality in Colorado today. I am praying for the victims and their families and loved ones. I am shaking in fear. I am not being able to sleep tonight: just the same way I could not sleep when Columbine, Northern Illinois, Virginia Tech happened. I could not sleep when Trayvon Martin was killed this February. I am bleeding deep inside. I am imagining over and over, again and again, myself and my family and children in the middle of that barrage of bullets in that movie theater today.

But President Obama, you have not done anything to stop this gun barbarism here in America, either! In fact, you refused to do anything about it.

With your indifference, gun lobbies and gun markets and NRA’s have flourished even more in these four years. All of these powerful people and organizations are now likely working for your defeat this November. So, wake up!

With your indifference and support from your own administration and political allies for gun lobbies, gun violence has spiraled out of control. So, wake up, would you?

Gun has no place in a civilized society. In no other place in the world — First World or Third World — free guns have taken so many innocent lives.

No other country in the world — First World or Third World — media and movies and video games have glorified violence, killing and guns and bombs. Don’t you get it: this violent mindset is a direct result of that glorification! Would you please wake up?

President Obama, think about your powerful children and family, and think about our powerless children and families. And think about those millions of hapless children and families all over the world.

Stop this violence now! Stop this barbarism!

That’s all I wanted to pass on tonight. I hope you take it seriously.

Sincerely Writing,

Partha

Brooklyn, New York

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