Is it only the mentally ill who are allowed guns in the USA, or is it only the mentally ill ones that we hear about? Aaron Alexis, responsible for shooting dead 12 people within a military base in Washington DC, had a bunch of exciting guns with him, including an AR 15 semi-automatic rifle, which seems to be the weapon de jour for homicidal mentalists. Alexis also was in possession of voices in his head, apparently, and was paranoid and possibly schizophrenic to boot. Quite soon, in your newspapers, someone from a mental health charity will tell you that statistically speaking crossing the road is far more dangerous than a schizophrenic person and that they are normally charming, courteous and members of various pacifist and anti-poverty pressure groups. I’m sure that’s true.
But in the meantime, can some of you lot, who argue for the right of Yankees to own their own guns, in a sort of frontiersman-tea party manner, deny that the accessibility of weapons in the US is the reason that country has, once every month or so, maniacs on the loose shooting people dead?Tags: Aaron Alexis, America, gun control, Washington Naval Yard shooting