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UK Pundit Calls for International Intervention in US over Guns

And who would provide the troops, hmmm?

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Calling the United States a "country where people are better armed and only slightly less nervy than rebel fighters in Syria," on Saturday, Observer columnist Henry Porter called for an international intervention into the U.S.'s gun epidemic.

"What if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis—a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention?" Porter mused. "As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families—the maiming and killing of children—just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe."

"We should note that dealing with the risks of scalding and secondary smoke came well before addressing the problem of people who go armed to buy a latte," Porter said, in reference to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's statement last week that gun-toters can get their pumpkin-spice lattes elsewhere. "There can be no weirder order of priorities on this planet."

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  1. …Half the country is sane and rational while the other half simply doesn’t grasp the inconsistencies and historic lunacy of its position, which springs from the second amendment right to keep and bear arms, and is derived from English common law and our 1689 Bill of Rights. We dispensed with these rights long ago, but American gun owners cleave to them with the tenacity that previous generations fought to continue slavery. Astonishingly, when owning a gun is not about ludicrous macho fantasy, it is mostly seen as a matter of personal safety, like the airbag in the new Ford pick-up or avoiding secondary smoke, despite conclusive evidence that people become less safe as gun ownership rises….

  2. Last week, I happened to be in New York for the 9/11 anniversary: it occurs to me now that the city that suffered most dreadfully in the attacks and has the greatest reason for jumpiness is also among the places where you find most sense on the gun issue in America. New Yorkers understand that fear breeds peril and, regardless of tragedies such as Sandy Hook and the DC naval yard, the NRA, the gun manufacturers, conservative-inclined politicians and parts of the media will continue to advocate a right, which, at base, is as archaic as a witch trial.

    Talking to American friends, I always sense a kind of despair that the gun lobby is too powerful to challenge and that nothing will ever change. The same resignation was evident in President Obama’s rather lifeless reaction to the Washington shooting last week. There is absolutely nothing he can do, which underscores the fact that America is in a jam and that international pressure may be one way of reducing the slaughter over the next generation. This has reached the point where it has ceased to be a domestic issue. The world cannot stand idly by.

    1. is mostly seen as a matter of personal safety, like the airbag in the new Ford pick-up or avoiding secondary smoke, despite conclusive evidence that people become less safe as gun ownership rises.

      There is nothing empirical backing this at all (or any other of the proglodyte’s cherished sentiments for that matter). Violent crime rates in dreary London went up after the ban on self defense went into effect during the 1950s.

      1. but, unfortunately, as he and others keep repeating the lies, more and more gullible people believe them.

        Here are a few of my favorite responses…

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        Need MORE “proof”? See those pages…

        1. But my REAL favorite is this one…

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          Enjoy!

  3. While Mr Porter and I disagree about gun control, I do like the notion of applying the Pax Americana to “America”.

    1. If the rest of the world thinks we’re hellions balls up in their shit now, just wait until something like that happens, and it’ll be a Thousand Year Reich of Ass Raping for them. The last thing I would want is for them to get aggressive, and this time it really is for Their Own Good. The image of us being friendly, soft and naive is just that, an image. We’re the one nation that actually used nukes to destroy cities for a reason.

  4. To quote Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto on this, ‘bad idea.’

  5. …”We dispensed with these rights long ago,”…
    Yes, you did, and that’s the reason we kicked your ass outa here.

  6. It sounds like the Limeys are itching for an ass kicking. I guess they didn’t learn anything the last go round.

  7. Henry Porter… are you married to Piers Morgan?
    … thought so.

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