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The US doesn’t need our thoughts and prayers…they need a gun ban

A PRIMARY SCHOOL in the most powerful nation on earth was once again drenched in blood this week.

A teenage gunman armed to the teeth marched into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, taking the lives of 19 youth and two teachers.

The US doesn't need our thoughts and prayers...it needs a gun ban, writes Karren Brady

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The US doesn’t need our thoughts and prayers…it needs a gun ban, writes Karren BradyCredit: AP
The teenager behind the recent tragedy, Salvador Ramos, had legally purchased two AR-15-style assault rifles just after his 18th birthday earlier this month

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The teenager behind the recent tragedy, Salvador Ramos, had legally purchased two AR-15-style assault rifles just after his 18th birthday earlier this monthPhoto credit: Instagram

My heart breaks for these poor bereaved parents.

How could this happen over and over again in the so-called land of the free?

Shortly after the sound of the gunfire died down, America was plunged into the same circle fight over gun ownership that has left many baffled this side of the pond.

First are the expressions of sadness, anger and despair. Then the vows to act. But ultimately nothing changes. Then it happens again. And again. And again.

The teenager behind the recent tragedy, Salvador Ramos, had legally purchased two AR-15-style assault rifles just after his 18th birthday earlier this month – his first act of adulthood.

His deadly rampage ended when he was fatally shot by police, earning him a dismal place in history as the perpetrator of the third deadliest school shooting in the United States, after the Virginia Tech massacres in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 .

Who knows what motivates a teenager to buy guns to kill innocent children?

There are reports that he was bullied at school. Maybe he was angry, wanting to settle scores, hurt, humiliated.

These are grievances that move people all over the world. But in the US, too often, these feelings lead to shootings and mass murder.

Not that Texas Senator Ted Cruz agrees. When asked why such mass shootings “only happen in America,” he stormed out of an interview, accusing the two journalists who kept raising the question of being “propagandists.”

The reaction of Texas Conservative leaders to this latest mass shooting – after sending “thoughts and prayers” – says it all. What people need, they say, is more, not fewer, guns in schools.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was quick to argue that the “best response to the tragedy” was to arm teachers.

He said: “We cannot stop bad people from doing bad things . . .
“We can potentially arm and prepare and train teachers and other administrators to respond quickly.”

But US citizens do not need thoughts and prayers. And they certainly don’t need more guns. You need change.

That won’t be easy. The right to bear arms is enshrined in the US Constitution under the Second Amendment and is fiercely enforced by the increasingly powerful National Rifle Association. Therefore, owning a gun is considered a fundamental right of Americans.

won’t change anything

As a result, about a third of American adults own a gun and 40 percent report living in a household with one.

More than 23 million guns were sold in 2020.

In totally related news, the country has seen more than 17,000 people, including 650 children, shot and killed in just five months this year.

It is extremely difficult to get a firearms license in the UK. We have some of the toughest gun control laws in the world.

The logic is that if you own a gun, you will most likely use it.

As a result, gun crime is incredibly rare, with 30 homicides committed in England and Wales in the year ended 31 March 2020.

Meanwhile, in the United States, where you can buy a gun in a supermarket, almost 53 people are killed by a gun every day.

US President Joe Biden announced that he would tackle the American gun problem

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US President Joe Biden announced that he would tackle the American gun problemPhoto credit: AFP

Yet American legislators remain fiercely opposed to any effort to limit their citizens’ rights to self-arms.

US President Joe Biden announced that he would tackle the American gun problem. He said: “We must act. And don’t tell me we can’t control this slaughter.”

But the sad truth is that deep down we all know there’s probably nothing he can do to change it.

Demands for action are inevitably derailed by Republicans in Congress, and so the cycle continues.

I would like to believe that what happened in Texas was an aberration. But until guns are banned in the US, it’s inevitable that this will continue.

We know it’s only a matter of time before the next mass shooting. And that really is a tragedy.

snout of this world

POTENTIAL dog-nappers would be in for a big surprise if they found themselves in the home of Japanese dog lover Toko-san.

Because the four-legged friend who lives there is not a puppy – but Toko-san himself.

This guy recently fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a dog by spending two million yen (£12,500) on a remarkably realistic collie costume.

Now he happily spends his days posting photos of himself wearing it on social media.

I’m not sure which is more disturbing – how lifelike his collie outfit looks or the fact that he would even like to be a dog.

But I know one thing. The world has gone mad.

dress my age Not anymore, thanks to Madonna

IS there anyone else out there who has reached a certain age like me and is saying um and um about what to wear?

Whenever I get dressed, I ask myself if my outfit is too fashionable, too short or too trendy for my age.

Madonna, 63, looked incredible during a night out with FKA Twigs in London

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Madonna, 63, looked incredible during a night out with FKA Twigs in LondonPhoto credit: Getty

And then I look at photos of Madonna who.

The singer managed to outdo her younger pop star pal on a night out with FKA Twigs in London.

She wore a see-through white corset-style top, fishnet tights, a pleated white skirt, chunky black boots and bright red gloves.

All aged 63.

From now on, may I suggest that we all take a leaf from Madonna’s book.

And please wear everything we fucking like!

Get a lot of pain

Air travel can often be stressful, but the ongoing airport chaos makes things that much worse.

Passengers have reportedly been stuck in “apocalyptic” queues as hundreds of planes grounded this week and more are forecast for the mid-term holidays.

At Exeter, travelers waited 20 hours to board a TUI flight and those attempting to queue for Manchester Airport car park were advised to arrive three hours before departure.

Lack of staff appears to be the cause, amid warnings it could take all summer.

Flying anywhere now sounds like the opposite of vacation.

Wrong to goad them

WITHOUT wanting to sound entirely cynical, I think I understand why Kris Jenner, the world’s most famous “momager,” is so keen on her daughters having babies.

I guess the more Little Kardashians running around, the more money will be rolling in.

Kris Jenner tried to convince her 26-year-old daughter Kendall to take steps to have a baby

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Kris Jenner tried to convince her 26-year-old daughter Kendall to take steps to have a babyPhoto credit: Getty

Despite being dressed in humor, one scene in the latest episode of The Kardashians really stuck with me.

Kris tried to convince her 26-year-old daughter Kendall to take steps to have a baby. And after a call to her OB/GYN, Kris Kendall suggested freezing her eggs.

Her daughter briefly choked on her coffee and stressed, “It’s my life. I don’t know if I’m ready yet.”

It’s all very well for Kris, 66, and her gynecologist to recommend an egg freezing cycle.

But what about what Kendall wants? What if that never includes a baby?

Most of us don’t want our daughters to have babies until they’re settled and ready. But I guess Kris is a bit addicted to her daughters procreation.

After all, it’s the best way to add to the growing army of Kardashian-Jenners who can then have their own reality TV show and keep the family name. . . and business.

Goldie looks pain

I HAVE a little giggle reading about Jamie Goldie.

He’s a young man from Edinburgh who has kindly posted a video on TikTok outlining his relationship rules. Sort of a job description, if you will, for the lucky lady he’s settling down with.

The clip, titled “My Rules as a Boyfriend,” outlines that a potential girlfriend is not allowed to have any male pals.

They also have to keep their phone location on at all times so Jamie can track them, right, I guess.

He’s pretty chilled about passwords, saying, “I don’t really want your passwords to be part of your social media stuff. But I would like the password for your phone. . . you never know, maybe I just have to look at your phone.”

How thoughtful you are to put such a glowing red flag on Jamie Goldie, a potential girlfriend.

Now they can dodge you and your incredibly controlling rules like the plague.

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