Trump’s gun lobby folly

Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN -

It beg­gars be­lief that af­ter Stephen Pad­dock’s hor­rific mass shoot­ing in Las Ve­gas, Pres­i­dent Trump’s re­sponse was to say “now is not the time” to talk about gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion. Some 59 in­no­cent vic­tims are dead and al­most 500 are wounded. So I can’t think of a bet­ter time. The fig­ures couldn’t be clearer. For ev­ery Amer­i­can killed by ter­ror­ism in the 10 years up to 2015, another 3,210 were killed by guns. Some were vic­tims of ran­dom crime or do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, oth­ers suf­fered tragic ac­ci­dents.

But the death toll is less sur­pris­ing when you con­sider that the US has the high­est rate of civil­ian gun own­er­ship in the world.

Yet Trump is much more com­fort­able whip­ping up anti-Mus­lim feel­ing than tak­ing on his coun­try’s pow­er­ful gun lobby. Maybe some­one needs to make the maths even sim­pler for him: id­iots + guns does not equal ban Mus­lims. It equals ban guns.

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