Sad thoughts about Texas

My Thursday morning started with an emotional speech by a basketball coach on TV. The head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr, said: enough is enough, he was tired of starting games with a minute of silence. Kerr was referring to the shooting at a Texas school in Uvalde. Where 19 children (8-10 years old) and two adults were killed.

“There’s 50 senators who refuse to vote right now on H.R. 8, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years. And there’s a reason they won’t vote on it: to hold on to power,” Kerr said. 

The coach in his speech also mentioned the shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. There, a white American, also 18 years old, killed 10 and injured 3 people, 11 of whom were African-Americans.(Saturday, May 14).

H. R. 8 bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).

I don’t know how much such a check would help in Uvalde and Buffalo. The shooters were 18 years old, only 18 years old. They still had no right to buy alcohol, but they could legally buy weapons.

Sounds weird to me. But who cares about my opinion?

Officials propose to issue weapons to teachers, teach them defense in the classroom, and bring armed guards in schools. How many police officers do we need to place in each school? What about the shops and churches, where citizens  were also shot and killed?

My husband says that the proposed measures are the same as building hospitals during a pandemic, instead of inventing a vaccine. And I think he’s right.

You know, it’s not a war or a special military operation (as the war is called in Russia now), but people die … before they have time to live their lives.

I remember a quote from the movie “Secret Fairway”.

— Heads of military concerns, manufacturers of weapons live the longest. Armstrong is the creator of weapons, the founder of the company — ninety years old. Hiram Maxim is under eighty. August Thyssen is eighty—two. Money and power are the keys to longevity, my friends.- that’s what the Captain of the German secret submarine said*

Some people produce weapons, others sell, and others are afraid to take away the Second Amendment  from Americans, because then they will not be re-elected to parliament/senate (read “loose power”).

According to statistics,

-The US accounts for just 4% of the world’s population but 35% of global firearm suicides.

-Americans are 25 times more likely to be killed in a gun homicide than people in other high-income countries.

-If I remember the words of the CNN TV host correctly, there are 120 firearms for every 100 Americans.

We can train children and teachers, conduct the shooting drills in case of a shooting, and place more guards and police officers in schools.But the fact remains that where there are more guns, there are more deaths from firearms.

But how do other countries manage not to arm their citizens? I mean democratic countries where people have their rights. I don’t know.

I know a little bit about Australia.

In 1996, in Australia, a man with a gun killed 35 and injured 23 people at a seaside resort. Just 12 days after the tragedy, the Australian government introduced strict gun control measures.

Australia’s 1996 National Firearms Agreement (NFA) banned several types of firearms and resulted in the government buying hundreds of thousands of the banned weapons from their owners.

The NFA caused reductions in firearm suicides, mass shootings, and female homicide victimization.

It was fast, wasn’t it?

President Biden, basketball coach Kerr, athletes and politicians are calling for action to adopt H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446. Will it happen? I hope so.

I truly believe that people should not be afraid to go shopping, send their kids to school, go to work, etc. 

Forget about watching TV without tears though…There is news from the Russian-Ukrainian war. 

I was washing dishes, looking out the window at the sparrows.

A couple moved into a birdhouse. The sparrow-mom brought a piece of cloth in her beak. The sparrow-dad sits on the roof and keeps a sharp eye on the situation around.

Lucky sparrows: there is a birdhouse, a lot of bugs, two bird baths with water (one – a bird bath, the second – a Crackle’s bowl), in winter – a feeder. All they need to do is lay eggs and tweet. No guns, no TV, no talks about politics. 

The only one of their problems is the annoying hostess of the house, who rushes after them with a camera and a tripod.

Instead of a conclusion – a sparrows’ movie.

*The Secret Fairway is an adventure novel by Leonid Platov written in 1963. Filmed in 1986.

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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