Listening to the BBC talk about America is an interesting ordeal. From the outside looking in, you can tell we’re viewed as an overly violent gun-loving society that is absolutely opposed to any form of change. They talk about President Obama and Hillary Clinton (who they obviously consider the next President) as though they are lonely souls working against the will of the congress elected by a bunch of stupid people.
The BBC has nailed the American gun issue right on the head. Columnist Maike Curry called the number of gun deaths and mass shootings in America “staggering,” pointing out that all of this stems from an amendment to the United States Constitution enacted in 1789.
Adnan Nawatz put a great emphasis on the fact that the 2nd Amendment was designed to allow militias to form to protect a new country from invasion which, if you’re not a right-wing interpreter of the Constitution, is written in ink and hasn’t changed since. Again, watching the disbelief of people outside of our country over just how ignorant the gun culture in America is comes across as embarrassing at the very least.
Host Aaron Hestlehurst had possibly the best bit of advice for America when he said:
In the last 43 years, more Americans have been shot by another American — shot and killed by another American — than all of America’s soldiers killed in wars in the last 240 years.
And you go where’s the priority? You talk about Congress — NRA, right? If Clinton really wants to get serious, that’s what you have to try to break, dismantle.
Those are staggering numbers indeed and an extremely straight forward assessment of the situation from our friends across the pond: If we don’t do something about the gun violence inherent in our culture it will consume us completely one day.
Watch A BBC reporter shame the NRA over America’s gun violence problems:
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