Australian comedian, Jim Jefferies’ launch into the American way is again coming to the fore following this latest shooting tragedy in Charleston and his rant that will certainly offend some leaves many Aussies nodding. In this, his rather blunt and affronting rant he cynically chides the Americans for their continued apathy towards gun control.
“In Australia, we had the biggest massacre on Earth, and the Australian government went: ‘That’s it! NO MORE GUNS.’ And we all went, ‘Yeah, all right then, that seems fair enough, really.’
Now in America, you had the Sandy Hook massacre, where little tiny children died. And your government went, ‘Maybe … we’ll get rid of the big guns?’ And 50 percent of you went, ‘FUCK YOU, DON’T TAKE MY GUNS.’
He continues with a blistering smackdown of the idea that Americans seek guns to keep their families safe:
You have guns because you like guns! That’s why you go to gun conventions; that’s why you read gun magazines! None of you give a shit about home security. None of you go to home security conventions. None of you read Padlock Monthly. None of you have a Facebook picture of you behind a secure door.
He doesn’t see at all how a gun would have helped him when his home was broken into. “I was naked at the time. I wasn’t wearing my holster.” How exactly would a gun have protected him? he asks. Was he supposed to be crouched at his windowsill, gun cocked, waiting on high alert for intruders?
By the way. Most people who are breaking into your house just want your fucking TV! You think that people are coming to murder your family? How many fucking enemies do you have?
President Obama has spoken following the horrific event, just one in a long line of massive and merciless gun attacks over recent years, often racially motivated and made an significant point. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency, he said”
Statistics show that the United States has more gun violence than the rest of the world by a long way, as you can see in the chart below. (source Vox/Guardian).
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