Cold dead hands by pantsofdeath published on 2012/12/18 03:39:42 +0000 OK, odd one this. Born from my incoherent rage at another school shooting. I never used to be bothered by this stuff, after all, Americans shoot each other all the time, in fact every 18 months or so Americans shoot more of themselves than all of the wars they have fought in since world war two. That's a lot. Take a moment here to consider how utterly barking mad that is. Consider that the whole world, and especially America, has been changed forever by the 'war on Terror' and yet only about 3000 Americans have been killed by Terrorists in the last 12 years, including the 9/11 attacks. That's a little over a month's worth of domestic shootings. But anyway, since I have had kids my brain has been rewired in some indefinable way that makes me care about children being shot. I was going to gather loads of soundbytes from gun nuts and do a track, but then I just gathered just this one. I am fascinated by the ambiguity of this bit of rhetoric; to an NRA type this sounds like a stirring call, rallying the faithful to stand by what they believe, to an anti-gun person (pretty much the rest of the globe then) it sounds like a total bell-end having a paddy because someone is trying to take away his favorite toy. I was going to leave it stand like that and keep the ambiguity... but then I added Obama reading a list of shot kids names and the abiguity is gone. In the end I am not American, and your internal politics are none of my business. Maybe Sting should re-release that song but change the lyrics to "I hope the Americans love their children too" eh?