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Boulder, Colorado shooting: is it time for regular weapon amnesties and gun law changes?

Karen Madej

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Before gun-toting people kill any more innocent bystanders. Arguing that all citizens have the right to bear arms to protect themselves from tyrannical leaders, is like encouraging a countrywide bloodbath.

After the 1996 UK Dunblane school massacre handguns were banned with the exception of Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Following the Hungerford massacre of 1987 firearms legislation was amended, tightening firearms restrictions in the United Kingdom.

There have only been four mass shootings carried out by a civilian in the entire history of Great Britain.

Maybe, just maybe one day the law will change in the US. You have to admit, with what the Huffington Post calls British Gun Laws: System One Of The World's Toughest, there has to be some recognition that giving citizens the right to bear arms is not necessary to keep the population safe.

The UK police regularly hold successful gun and knife amnesties, where anyone can hand in their unregistered weapons no questions asked.

I'm pretty sure the constitution could be updated to meet the needs of people in this century rather than the one it was written in. Just because something has always been, doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Especially when the country has evolved in so many ways.

All the Native Americans have been corralled in their assigned reservations. They've lost the will to fight for the lands that once belonged to them all.

These days the conquerors of America sit behind desks and think up new ways of squeezing as much money out of their customers. It's unlikely they need guns to demand payments when everything can be paid at the touch of a button on a phone.

Gang members wear them as badges of power.

Some homeowners have a bat behind the front door or under the La-Z-Boy. Others keep a gun in a gun safe. Yet more others leave their gun lying around for a child to find and accidentally kill another child. Yes, this really happens, I've seen it on TV.

The police have to wear guns while on duty because so many gang members, criminals and murderers, and crazy people insist on their constitutional right to bear arms.

Unfortunately, some police are also racist trigger happy chappies who shoot first and get asked questions later. We all know that kind of attitude to personal safety does not hold water any longer. God rest George Floyd and all his predecessors.

With luck, the police force will weed out officers at all levels who present signs of racism in specially designed tests. Lose both their badge and gun before they can shoot a Black person refusing to cooperate when the officer pulls them over for an aggressive lane change (no it doesn't exist). That reason sounds very much like the charge of walking in a loud shirt in a built-up area during the hours of darkness. Enjoy the video clip of The Thin Blue Line.

For cowboys, I guess the hat and the gun come together as part of the outfit. But like I mentioned earlier, the Native Indians are no longer in the mood for bloodshed. They'd rather shoot up their veins, get drunk or do something with their time on the planet. Build a casino maybe.

Haven't all the wild animals been killed by now? Surely cowboys and ranchers have nothing left to shoot? Although, the TV show Yellowstone would have you believe differently. Shootings in and around Kevin Costner's ranch mainly kill the bad guys but a few innocents pay with their lives too.

Now to Boulder, Colorado, 10 people killed by a 21-year-old gun-toting bullied and depressed young man was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted murder, according to his arrest warrant.

Who the heck sells an assault rifle to a 21-year-old? Why does the law say a 21-year-old can buy an assault rifle?

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Monday 26 March, Boulder Colorado random supermarket victims were: Boulder police Officer Eric Talley, 51; store manager Rikki Olds, 25; store employee Denny Stong, 20; store employee Teri Leiker, 51; Neven Stanisic, 23; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; Jody Waters, 65.

The young man changed in 2014. He became more paranoid, according to his brother interviewed by CNN on Tuesday. Bullies at his Colorado high school made fun of his name and for being Muslim.

When will children learn to be kind to children who are different from them? Who teaches children to bully and ridicule someone who isn't like them?

Possibly parents with low IQs or whose parents raised them to deride anyone with an unusual name and non-white skin. Yes, racism and hate live on, long and strong all over America and most other predominantly white populated countries.

All surly grunting, mumbling or silent teenagers must be psychologically evaluated to identify those who intend to kill their classmates for some real or imagined slight.

Once identified they will receive state-paid counselling and medication to get them through their mental instability without going on a gun spree; killing bullies and innocent people indiscriminately.

Finally, there should be mental health and intelligence tests for anyone who wants to own a gun in the United States. If below an IQ of 83, they are no use to the army. So why on earth would anyone want them toting a gun?

Guns kill. Get them off the streets, out of the hands of anybody who doesn't legitimately need one. And amend The Constitution to reflect the state of the nation now not that of 1787. Please.

Close gun shops. Register bullets. Open top secret neighbourhood armouries for use only if the US is being invaded. Make carrying weapons illegal in all public places unless licenced to do so.

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