Fandango’s Provocative Question #114

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question.

This week’s provocative question is about gun violence and mass shootings in America. There were two more mass shooting incidents this past week, one in Atlanta, Georgia that killed eight people, and one in Boulder, Colorado, where ten lives were lost. Mass gun shootings, often with semiautomatic, military-style rifles with large capacity magazines, have become almost commonplace in the United States. And it is a true American tragedy.

The provocative question this week is…

Do you think that there is any chance that the U.S. Congress will ever take decisive, bipartisan action to pass and enact nationwide common sense gun laws to try and stem the tide of mass shootings, or is the best that the American Congress will ever do is to send thoughts and prayers to the families of loved ones killed in mass shooting incidents?


I was thinking that I should just share my views in the comments and not write a post about this issue, because I am not an American and don’t fully understand their system and politics.

But I’ve just read a post from Mr Bump, who is a British citizen and he has very succinctly analyzed this situation.

I have lived off and on in America for the last five years and experienced what these incidents of mass shootings did to the society there. The debate about gun control has split the American people into two divergent groups. One for putting very strict gun laws and the other supporting the right to buy guns, whenever they want. Anyone, in their opinion, is qualified to buy any type of weapon.

Now I live in Pakistan and it’s not only a poor country but is also beset with a lot of economic disparity. But over here buying a gun legally is not easy. Illegal weapons are available but not that easily either. The incidents of a mass shooting are virtually unheard of. Peopled use guns to kill others but these killings are due to personal animosity and long-drawn family feuds. Automatic weapons are not available for the general public.

What I want to say is that if the means of mass killings are not easily available to everyone, the incidents won’t occur. It is simple logic.

Until the American public realizes this, the government, congress, or the Senate won’t be able to change any law. Any change that will happen, will be due to pressure from the general public.

Till then, it’s all empty rhetoric.




15 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #114

  1. I think we all have an absolute right to an opinion, though I accept that a US citizen might be more informed than you or I (although probably not).
    I think you are right, that it will take the public to sideline these people, move them out of the way while the rest of us progress.

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  2. I commented on the post. I think that guns are just too much a part of American culture. They “won the west”. Kids play shooter games either on video or with toy guns, or a stick even, pretending it’s a gun.
    All the guns in our movies.

    I won’t bore you with the reason we have the 2nd Amendment, but IMO it’s misinterpreted.

    Unfortunately, even if laws are passed, I don’t think it will help. So many laws aren’t enforced. We need to change the cultural love affair with guns, and the group that love their guns aren’t going to change.☹

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    1. I do know a bit about the love affair with guns that Americans have. But the situation is way beyond defending oneself now. I do hope that people realize the futility of this

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  3. I enjoyed reading both your posts (Mr. Bump’s and yours, Sadje). There is one thing that neither of you has considered, and I’m not criticizing anyone, you simply can’t know because as you both point out, you’re not American. It seems a simple matter to remove the automatic and military-grade weapons from the public, when in fact it’s going to be extremely difficult to do that. The laws in Pakistan (I presume) were set in place a long time ago, and the people have followed those laws. Maybe they fear the punishment for breaking them or I don’t know know what, not being Pakistanian. Over here the law was made, in the first place, that everyone had the right to own a gun and to use it. It’s in our first laws of our country. Now did the men making those original laws ever expect (if they imagined them at all) such horrible weapons to be available, let alone to the public? Nope. Did those original lawmakers foresee the overwhelming corruption that has taken hold? Nope. Did they see the breakdown between what they meant and what has come to pass? I dare say not. Plus the government (in my opinion) doesn’t listen to the people anymore. One can vote and rail against the unfairness of things and wish to make a positive change like making military-grade weapons illegal, but as long as it’s a private citizen (or even a group of such) nothing will happen. I’m cynical and jaded about things in America now. I don’t believe that our system works anymore. And the sad thing is I’m not alone. There are thousands who believe the same way. Some kind of change has to occur, but what? Nobody can even agree on something as relatively simple as wearing a mask to be safe or getting inoculated to prevent spreading Covid. Guns? Oh my. Sorry for the soapbox Sadje! I feel a lot more strongly about Fandango’s question than I thought I did. Shutting up now.

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    1. Thanks for making the 2nd amendment clear to me. Yes, I see now how deep rooted this culture is. I can understand how you have become disenchanted with the government and people’s attitude. I do hope that some restrictions can be placed on the types of guns that are sold to general public.


  4. I agree, Sadje. The people must not only continue to demand change and take actions needed to create change but must also elect legislators that will advocate and enact these changes. We have a long way to go, yet I get excited to see some of the new millennial legislators. Lots of work to do, yet there are future possibilities.

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