American bloodlust runs deep

Is the United States beleagured by its Second Mandement “right of the people to keep and bear Arms”?

Is the United States beleagured by its Second Amendment “right of the people to keep and bear Arms”? In his book Images of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, writer Chris Hedges states that the US has more than 300 million firearms in private hands. There are 89 guns per 100 people, nearly triple the rate of gun ownership in Canada. “Our addiction to violence and bloodletting — which will continue to grow — marks a nation in terminal decline.”

“We suffer from a dangerous historical amnesia and self-delusional fantasies about the virtues and goodness of ourselves and of empire. We have masked our cultural propensity for widespread and indiscriminate murder.”

Guns are not sentient. Guns are not emotional. Guns cannot muster the desire, the need or the motive to kill. People are killing people, with guns, at an unprecedented rate in the United States. Why? Read Mr. Hedges’ book.

Christian Torbik, Whitehorse

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