American Christmas scares the pants off the Brits

From The Daily Mail:

Sleighing the holidays! Gun-toting Americans proudly show off their beloved firearms at Christmas

  • Social media sites are being flooded with photos showing proud gun owners cradling their weapons of choice on Christmas morning
  • Some parents took their high-powered weapons along with their children to meet Santa Claus
  • Others staged elaborate family photos at home, with each relative, from grade-schoolers to senior citizens, packing heat
  • Those who received guns as presents took to sites like Instagram and Twitter to boast about their lethal new toys

Yes, yes they did.

The caption associated with this last picture is priceless:

Some gun-toting Americans turned their passion for firepower into a family affair, taking their high-powered weapons along with their children to meet Santa Claus

The pictures were taken at the Scottsdale Gun Club.  That is the premier “guntry club” in the country.  That’s like taking pictures with  Santa and your golf clubs at St. Andrews.

Trust the Brits to not get that at all.

They Daily Mail had to lecture us in the most nanny state way possible in the article.

According to a new analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database, close to 40,000 people died as a result of guns last year, making it the highest number of gun-related deaths since at least 1979.

Another new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that in 2016 alone, 15 per cent of all children between one and 19 who were killed by injury in the US died of a gunshot wound.

On a related note, researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in emergency rooms across the country have gun-related injuries, which amount to about 8,300 kids each year.

Over the course of nine years, 75,000 children and teens were treated for gun injuries at emergency rooms at a cost of nearly $3billion.

Earlier this year, researchers examined FBI data on nearly 250 active shooter incidents in the US since 2000 and found that gunmen armed with semi-automatic rifles wounded and killed twice as many people as those using non-self-loading weapons.

Recent deadly attacks involving semi-automatics include the shootings at a California bar, a Pittsburgh synagogue, Parkland High School and Orlando’s Pulse night club.

The number of active shooters is wrong, but the rest may be true.

HOWEVER… I have a feeling that the family that has a membership at Scottsdale isn’t likely to fall into the above mentioned statistics.

Law abiding gun owners, who teach responsible firearms handling, and have a healthy family dynamic generally are not the demographic associated with the homicide rate in the country.

Really, the Brits can lecture and scoff all they want.

I may be a redneck in Alabama with my guns, but the likely hood of me having my face melted off with drain cleaner thrown at me by a guy on a moped, or being arrested and jailed for a mean Tweet is are next to zero.

I’ll take the risks of gun ownership over that.

 

 

4 Replies to “American Christmas scares the pants off the Brits”

  1. The classic 18 and 19 yr old ‘children’. Take out those numbers and it’s a small fraction. Which ‘study’ was it that had ‘children’ listed up to 24yrs old?

  2. The brits constantly work on trying to forget we first kicked their collective asses not just once, but twice ( Revolution and War of 1812) before they finally got the idea through their thick skulls that it was better to be our friends than our enemies.

    To add insult to injury, at the point of near collapse, we then pulled their collective asses out of the fire, not just once but – again – twice, (World Wars) generations later.

    Then we replaced them as the dominant world economic and military power.

    We are the somewhat distant cousins that ‘made it big’ and their jealousy induces a generational inferiority complex that has been ground into their psyches.

    So, when they try and act like they’re our intellectual superiors with their supercilious attitudes and we laugh at them, it makes it even worse for them.

  3. ‘Murrica, $%#& yeah!! 😀

    “Really, the Brits can lecture and scoff all they want.”

    Yep. I like my Brit friends but even they admit (sometimes grudgingly) that giving up their gun rights wasn’t the brightest of ideas.

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