Højesterets udmeldinger i USA er politiske – derfor stritter deres afgørelser i denne uge i øst og vest

En religiøs, amerikansk fodboldtræner bad sammen med spillerne på banen efter kampene – og har nu Højesterets ord for, at det er helt ok.

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In the United States, the Supreme Court’s announcements are political – which is why their decisions this week are all over the place

A religious, American football coach prayed with the players on the field after the matches – and now has the Supreme Court’s word that it is perfectly ok.

The Supreme Court has taken Americans hostage in a right-wing religious propaganda stunt that is dividing the population more than it already is.

Here in my state of Washington, a football coach has become known nationally overnight. The story centers around Joseph Kennedy, who was the coach of the local high school team. After each match, he prayed, often with several of the players. Some have later said they felt obliged to participate – it is after all the coach who chooses which players get to play on the field. When the school district learned about the coach praying on public grounds, they asked him to stop, which he refused. That got him fired from his coaching job.

I imagine the Russian tennis coaches at our local club praying to their orthodox God, after the kids have finished their backhand exercises, I see for my inner eye how my son’s Colombian soccer coach extracts a crucifix from his front pocket instead of a yellow card and gathers the kids around him to some Roman Catholic cheer, I see myself standing for the flag and national anthem at my kids swim meets while being forced to see the coaches standing with their arms up in the air, rocking back and forth, praying as if the Holy Spirit were upon them. You get the point: Jews, Muslims, Hindus and all sorts of other faiths and ways of life that force feed our kids and everyone around them with their religious beliefs.

The football coach in my state of Washington, who felt that his right to practice religion had been violated, took his case to court. Today, the Supreme Court ruled. He and everyone else has the right to practice his religion in public.

The verdict falls on the tail of last week’s Supreme Court announcements that have sent shock waves around the country. Among other things, we learned that Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms in New York and all sorts of other places in the public domain. The following day, we learned that women do not have the right to make decisions over their own bodies. When it comes to choice and family planning, the states have the right to decide that a woman cannot choose to have an abortion. Indeed, The United States Supreme Court is busy these days waging a war on values.

But what if coach Joseph Kennedy´s name had been Yousuf Kamal and he instead of praying to a Christian God had rolled out his prayer rug and invited the players to turn their faces towards Mecca with him after every football game? Would the Supreme Court ruling have ben the same?

If there is one thing Europe is learning quite rapidly these days, it is that religion in the public sphere is a dangerous cocktail. Religion can be an integral part of a culture in our activities at school and in the workplace when the population is homogeneous and most belong to the same culture and religion.

That’s not how it works in the United States. Here the population is one great conglomeration of peoples with vastly different cultures and religions. Unlike in Denmark, it is build into the the American fabric that religion and state must be separated – it does not require a doctorate in either religion or political science to see why that constellation is a good idea if you want a society to function as peacefully as possible. The fact that we in the United States more than ever are moving into a value-based legislation rooted in Christian dogmas is far from the notion most Americans have of the powers of the legal system.

So what happens in an environment where the politically appointed Supreme Court justices are more than busy pursuing rulings based in politics? They may think they are doing what they are set to do by Trump, to please his base, when they announce their ultra-right-wing conservative rulings. But one day, it will not be a right-wing Christian who is praying with the children, but a radical Muslim, a Mormon, or a Jehovah’s Witness. Like Joseph Kennedy they will believe they have the right to practice their religion where ever they are. And they will have the Supreme Court´s ruling to back them up. Maybe it’s a matter of time before young people, and all of us, come to stand as spectators at sporting events, where we are taken hostage in a religious propaganda stunt that can only divide the country more than it already is.

The Supreme Court’s announcements this week point in different directions. We now know, it is more important that an individual has the right to bear arms in the public sphere than the sense of security and safety of the surrounding citizens. Conversely, it is not the individual woman herself who has the right to choose over her own body, it is a decision that elected politicians at the local state level. And in terms of practicing your personal religion and trumpeting it to everyone who is near you, well, then again, it is the individual´s right that stands above people’s sense of discomfort.

So, now this is what I have to look forward to: Being pray to other people’s religious beliefs being forced on me when I just want to see my kids run around and have fun at some sporting event. Land of the free? Well, for those hardcore gun loving, religious fanatics, maybe.

New York vil ikke have våben i det offentlige rum, men det må de leve med, fastslår en ny Højesteretsafgørelse.

Højesteret trækker i én retning og Senatet i en anden. Imens må vi vænne os til at være levende skydeskiver, hvis vi bevæger os uden for døren.

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New York does not want people carrying weapons in public. But a new Supreme Court ruling states that is against people´s constitutional right.

The Supreme Court pulls in one direction and the Senate in another. Meanwhile, we have to get used to being with live shooters if we move outside the door.

The US Supreme Court has ruled that it is against the “second amendment” (which gives a citizen the right to possess and carry a weapon) if a state tries to make restrictions on whether people can carry a weapon in public space.

A few weeks ago, the United States had a school shooting that was one of the worst in the country’s history. Nineteen children and two adults were killed, most of the children between the ages of eight and ten. The Americans were in shock, parents demanded changes to the gun laws, and politicians in the Democratic Party once again saw an opportunity to try to get tighter gun laws through.

In the United States, Supreme Court justices are appointed politically. Trump elected three judges, all with ultra-conservative, Christian views. Although Trump is no longer in the White House, the reverberations of electing these Supreme Court justices will shape U.S. law and society for generations to come.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my kitchen talking to a man about gun laws in the United States. The mood was respectful even though we were far apart in values and opinions. One of his remarks stood out, and gave me an idea of what people who believe in equality and tighter gun laws are up against.

“You want to have the right to decide over your own bodies. I support that. You can do what you want. I as a man do not have any right to go against that. But at the same time you want to take my right to bear arms away from me. You cannot insist on an individual right on one hand but not on another.”

Rhetorically, it is a rather ingenious argument – even if it does not make sense upon closer inspection. Initially, it makes sense to insist on the individual’s right to own and carry any weapon and as many as possible and compare that directly to a woman’s individual right to make a choice about her body.

“The difference is that you can kill an entire school class in one minute while the woman is not harming anyone,” I replied.

“I would argue otherwise,” the guy said. “She kills too, she kills her child.”

I was dumbfounded for a second. But that´s where we are, that’s where many Republicans stand. The Supreme Court is aware of this, and their role is t stand by the base that Trump has placed them to represent. We now see the consequences of this, because the Supreme Court is currently making a name for itself with controversial announcements.

A short time ago, a document from the Supreme Court was leaked. It made it clear that the court intents to reverse Roe v Wade that ruled that the woman’s right to choose over her own body was higher than the state’s right to make restrictions on her right to an abortion.

Today came another announcement, this time about the right to bear arms in public space. The case was about New York but will have consequences for the whole country.

Both decisions wil make white men feel as if they are in control when they tell women that they can not decide for themselves what they want to do with their body. At the same time, they can strut up and down streets and alleys with their weapons as an extension of the masculinity they so clearly do not possess – and seen in the light of who got the Supreme Court judges appointed, that war on values targets women and minorities.

So dear Danish tourists: Welcome to the wild west. If you’re planning to take a trip to New York, be prepared for that pit in your stomach when you can visibly see people carry guns. And prepare for what every American child knows by heart because they practice it several times a year, namely what you will do if a shooting takes place in the subway, in the mall, or in the public space.

I USA er svaret på våben i de forkerte hænder åbenbart våben i gode menneskers hænder

For mange amerikanere er individuelle frihedsrettigheder vigtigere end ønsket om våbenrestriktioner.

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In the United States, the answer to guns in the hands of bad guys is apparently more guns in the hands of good guys

For many Americans, individual liberties are more important than gun restrictions.

‘The children quickly get used to an armed guard at school. After a few days, the older, retired sniper is a part of their everyday life. “

In the United States, we have a pandemic when it comes to shootings. This year alone, we have had more than 250 mass shootings, 38 since the school shooting in Texas two weeks ago that cost 19 children and two adults their lives.

I am struggling to find the right facial expression, not quite sure how to react. A man from a local furnace company is sitting in my kitchen. He is originally from Texas and likes to share his political views while making calculations on various heating options that might be relevant for my home.

“But is it not problematic that we have to have this debate in the first place?”

In the United States, we have a pandemic when it comes to shootings. This year alone, we have had more than 250 mass shootings, 38 since the school shooting in Texas two weeks ago that cost 19 children and two adults their lives.

“There are more weapons in the United States than there are people. They’ll never take our weapons from us.” I do not comment on his use of “they,” because that view on society where the fear of the government as a regulatory monster, I’m not interested in going into.

What I am very interested in is hearing his thoughts on what he thinks should be done about the situation the United States is where mass shootings are part of everyday life.

“It is a right and an honor to carry a gun. When I carry a gun, I have made a decision. I am ready to sacrifice my life if a situation arises where I have to protect myself or my fellow citizens. “

It’s not often I get the opportunity to talk to someone with viewpoints so different from my own. Fortunately, he was more than willing to share his views, and the conversation stretched far and wide with a respect for each other’s views. One thing was clear after our conversation: For many Americans, the right to individual freedom is more important than restrictions.

Not once did he mention calling the police. Instead, he listed quite a few scenarios where I myself would either jump out the window and run away or call the police, but where the natural reaction for him was a confrontation with an automatic weapon.

The conversation made me think about American society in general. Because the conversation was a clear example of why nothing significant is going to change in America´s weapons legislation – even if the media is still dominated by discussions and conversations focusing on what can be done in relation to weapons legislation and access.

Maybe there will be a subordinate change that has no real effect, but we will not see any radical changes – not even after angry actors, grieving mothers, frustrated politicians in favor of restrictions in the legislation, are pleeding and appealing for changes in gun legislation.

The salesman in my kitchen was no cliché Texan with a cowboy hat and bulletproof vest. He was an ordinary, kind, proud American – who fully and firmly believes in the right to bear arms. Also the kind that fires several shots per second.

And he was of the opinion that legislation would mean restrictions for ordinary law-abiding citizens like himself – and if there is one thing individualistic freedom-loving Americans do not want to be a part of – it is to have their freedoms reduced. In fairness, he was open to changing the laws so that 18-year-olds should only be allowed to use an AR-15, the same weapon that the 18-year-old perpetrator used at a Texas school two weeks ago, in the company of an adult.

“Your political survival is subordinate to the survival of our children.” Those words were uttered yesterday by Nancy Pelosi, Democrat and leader of the House of Representatives.

Protect Our Children, is the name of the bill that went through the House and is now going on to the Senate, where it will without a doubt be buried along with all the other bills that seek to implement restrictions on guns.

Every time I visit an office building, I have to go through a security screening before I am allowed to enter.

This is also the case at my children’s schools, where I can not just walk in but have to wait outside before I am buzzed into a middle office, where I then either have to wait for my child to be called from his classroom, or must register to be allowed to enter the school.

Maybe the salesman who was sitting in my kitchen yesterday is right: In a short time, I might be chatting with a visibly armed guard when I pick up my kids at their respective schools? Because in this country, the answer to weapons in the wrong hands is apparently more weapons in the hands of good guys.

Så længe amerikanerne elsker deres våben højere end deres børn, vil vi se skoleskyderier. Igen og igen og igen

En 18-årig købte automatvåben på sin fødselsdag og skød derefter 19 børn og to lærere

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As long as Americans love their guns more than they love their children, we will see school shootings. Again and again and again.

An 18-year-old bought an automatic weapon on his birthday and then shot 19 children and two teachers

“It is with a heavy heart that I receive the news of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.”

The email from the school superintendent at my daughter’s school begins with these words. I did see the email ticking in a few hours ago. “Uvalde, Texas School Shooting,” the subject line read.

But I did not open the email. Could not, had to wait a few hours before I was able to read. Eventually, I couldn’t put it off any longer. What if the email said something I needed to know – for the sake of my own children?

Shortly after our family arrived in the United States, a school shooting that is now known as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, took place at a school for students from 0.-5. grade. 20 children and 6 adults were mowed down by a man with an automatic weapon. The school’s internal system had quickly announced that there was an “active shooter”at the school, and the teachers followed the safety protocols that they and the children had regularly practiced, and hid in closets, barricaded doors to classrooms, and stayed away from windows and doors. They did everything they could. And still, they were hit by tragegy.

I especially remember the Sandy Hook school shooting more clearly than others. Partly because it caused very young children their lives, partly because that day changed something fundamental in me that had to do with grief and anger over what defines how Americans relate to principles and common sense.

Today, I again find myself in a state of shock. I am overwhelmed with grief. It’s something different to experience the news when you live here in the United States and have children who go to a similar school and watching the TV screen show the pictures over and over again than it is to sit on the other side of the globe in Europe and read about an incomprehensible American system that makes such tragedies possible.

I thought for a long time that I had such a hard time understanding the relationship to weapons here in the US because I was Danish. But many Americans share my disgust for a hardcore, antiquated cowboy approach to what is here known as “the Second Amendment,” which is about Americans’ right to bear arms. The fanatical religious approach to the wording of the constitution is nauseating – and puts politicians backed by the arms lobbies and arms manufacturers higher than the lives of children and citizens.

If you think that tragedies like the one that Americans go through every single week cause Americans to buy fewer weapons, you are wrong. Every time a shooting finds its way to the media and people are afraid that there will be regulations in the right to bear arms, there is a queue in front of the arms shops.

And what happens now? Absolutely nothing, of course. Joe Biden has condemned the atrocity, asked the Americans when enough is enough. But he has no real power to do anything. Texas’ governor and prominent Texas politicians such as Ted Cruise are repeating the old phrases about the right of the individual and that it is not the way forward to ban the carrying and buying of weapons. Perhaps Ted Cruise is signaling to the nation’s largest arms lobby, the NRA (National Rifle Association), that everything will continue as planned when they gather for a conference this coming weekend – in Texas.

The man who completed his insane shooting yesterday was 18 years old. As a birthday present, he gave himself various weapons, including an automatic weapon and ammunition. But the mass shooting yesterday is far from the only one that has taken place in the United States this year. In this country, we do not hear about all the mass shootings that take place. If that was the case, the media would spend all their air time reporting on than that. Only a few mass shootings break through to the media, but this year alone, not even halfway into 2022, more than 200 mass shootings have taken place in America.

However, when school shootings involve young children the media reports on it. It’s the same process every time: News hosts with deep sympathizing voices interviewing crying relatives, audio recordings where we hear screams and shooting, pictures of children running scared from buildings, according to the drills they have trained for, and politicians saying they are praying for the victims and their families. Republicans who do not want to change the law and introduce stricter gun control. Democrats who highlight the bloody and morbid relationship by the United States to legislation that gives Americans the right to bear arms in a country that has more weapons than residents.

And meanwhile, in my children’s schools, drills are being carried out every month. Drills that teach them what to do in the event of an earthquake or how to react if there is a bear in the area. I’m fine with those drills. But on the same day as the school shooting in Texas took place, my daughter had an “active threat drill” which is about how students should behave if there is a school shooting at their school. I have not yet learned to relate to these drills in a levelheaded way.

And if you think that tragedies like the one that Americans go through every single week cause Americans to buy fewer weapons, you’re wrong. Every time a shooting finds its way to the media and people are afraid that there will be regulations in the right to bear arms, there is a queue in front of the arms shops. Sales are rising, more deadly weapons are finding their way into American hands.

And what do you do after reading the email from the school superintendent? You talk to your children. If they want to. Because when I gently told my daughter that there might be some at her school who would mention a school shooting, she let me know with her short “okay” that she did not want to talk about it. I check again, prompting another way to engage. “Okay,” she says again with the same dismissive tone. And that’s a human way of reacting, too. By closing off. Because this is her everyday life. She must always be on alert, navigating a reality where she knows a school shooting could at any time happen. I understand her way of shutting this fact out of her life. She is powerless, has no say when it comes to the adults’ mindlessly incomprehensible priorities. Because as long as Americans value their right to bear arms more than the safety of their children, school shootings will take place – over and over and over again.

Debatten om vanvidskørsel minder mig om våbendiskussionen her i USA

Når man låner sin bilnøgle ud, kan det koste menneskeliv – og det må man tage ansvar for, hvis det ender galt.

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The Danish debate about insane speeding is similar to the gun violence debate in the United States

When you lend someone your car keys, it can end up costing lives – and, yes, you have to take responsibility if something happens.

In several states in the United States, parents can be punished if their child or teenager gains access to and uses a weapon that has not been stored properly.

In Denmark, parents, boyfriends and leasing companies can have the car confiscated if they borrow or lease it to someone who is taken in a crazy drive.

This is how it should be – both in the USA and in Denmark. As the owner of a weapon or a car, you have a responsibility for your property and can not just wash your hands and hide behind the fact that you did not know it would end the way it did, with a shooting or with a child who becomes killed or maimed.

There are several arguments in play when I hear the Danish debate. Some believe that the owner of the car can not be held responsible if things go wrong. To that, I would simply say that it is a evasion of responsibility of one’s own responsibility and the role of parent.

I doubt that even the same parents would find it okay for the state to deprive them of various rights because they were not deemed fit to be able to make the right moral choices themselves. If one wants to be deprived of responsibility on one point, one must be willing to consider how that argument ends in its ultimate consequence – and that is a rather frightening scenario.

As a parent, boyfriend, friend, landlord, you have a responsibility. Talk to the person you are lending the keys to, imprint on them the responsibility of getting into a potential death machine. And do not lend the car if you think the person can not live up to the responsibility it is to drive responsibly.

Another argument is downright unsympathetic. It sounds something like this: Young people have speed in their blood, they have nowhere to go for the desire to give the gas that man has always broken the law, and it will continue to do so, no matter what the economic consequence is.

What has just gone wrong in a person’s head thinking like that? The argument leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to dealing with personal responsibility, how the relatives’ lives can be changed with a flick of the finger and never be the same again after they have been told that one of their loved ones has been subjected to insanity. consequences.

This scornful attitude towards other people’s lives, unsympathetic and rather obsessively emotionally underdeveloped attitude, makes it run cold down my spine. What kind of citizens are they when they are not behind the wheel?

And as for car renters, could they appropriately think about their responsibilities instead of just focusing on rental income? With the possibility of penalizing, it could be thought that their algorithms pretty quickly make it impossible for insane drivers to qualify or afford dead-driving in muscle cars.

It is probably very good that parents are being punished, so they may be able to think a little about what irresponsible citizens they have raised their children to become.

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Det her er USA, og her er flere våben, end der er indbyggere

I går blev New York erklæret i undtagelsestilstand pga. en alarmerende stigning i skyderier. Så skal du til New York, er der nogle områder, du skal holde dig fra.

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This is the United States – and here we have more guns than people

Yesterday, New York was declared a state of emergency due to an alarming increase in shootings. Then you are going to New York, there are some areas you should avoid.

When you are a tourist, it can be difficult to know if the area you are in is safe. I experienced this when I was in the United States for the first time. I was in my early 20s and found myself with my travel companions in Los Angeles. We stopped at a gas station and wanted to ask for directions.

“Get in the car, lock the doors, and drive! Do not stop if you hit a red light, “said the man. I stumbled back into the rental car and we drove with beating hearts out of the area as fast as we could.

I will never forget it. And I never forget the feeling of not understanding what was going on – of not being able to read the signals of the surroundings. For I did not have the feeling of being in danger or of being in an area that was dangerous. Not until I was made aware of it.

I lived in Denmark and was a tourist in the United States with all the blindness it entails. When you are in a strange place, everything looks different and the codes are different than you are used to – therefore it can be difficult to see that you are in a place where your life is potentially in danger.

The state of New York has had an explosive growth in shootings of more than 75 percent since the onset of the corona pandemic . In what is usually the most festive weekend of the year here, namely the 4th of July weekend, there were 51 shooting episodes in the state. 

Even after the state has gained some control over the virus that shut down the city of New York in particular and made a large portion of the state’s especially younger uneducated residents unemployed, the shootings continue.

Therefore, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has declared New York a state of emergency. At the same time, millions of dollars have been allocated so that the hardest hit areas get help with programs to help young people out of the criminal environment.

Cuomo , of course, is afraid that the city of New York will get a bad reputation, and tourists will not return after the corona hell it is recovering from. But he is also afraid of the future of both the state and the city of New York in relation to all the citizens who sought out and away during the pandemic and who may not return.

If you have the resources to seek refuge when the crisis hits, you will not return until you feel that it is safe and secure to return to the big cities. It’s a problem, because New York risks withering away and falling into violence, chaos and shootings instead of flourishing with tourism and affluent dollars, which make business thrive and citizens’ incomes rise with all that entails of a society that works.

Maybe this will be a wakeup call for the people who are so lucky to live in a bubble, and who have never before had to take a stand on the life that thousands of black families and Latino families have to deal with with their hearts in their throats every day when they try to take care of their work, support themselves and send their children to school.

It should be a human right to live in an area where there is no risk of being slapped down on the open street. But this is the United States, and here are more weapons than there are inhabitants. And when the crisis is raging, it really does – especially if you live a life where you hit the very bottom of society very quickly. It is not an excuse for the violence, the murders and the horrific crime that carry so much horror with it. It’s just a finding.

So before you explore the exciting residential areas far away from 5th Avenue and the hip shopping streets when you visit The Big Apple, just check online to see if you plan to take the subway or an Uber to an area where your Senses do not respond to the dangers that may be there, even if they are not visible to you. 

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Ikke et ord om våbenlove. Helt ærligt, Joe Biden – der missede du chancen

Hovedemnerne på Joe Bidens første pressemøde var strandede børn ved den mexicanske grænse og infrastruktur. Men i en uge med to masseskyderier nævnte han ikke lovgivning om våben.

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Not a single word about gun laws. Honestly, Joe Biden – that´s a missed opportunity

The main topics at Joe Biden’s first press conference were stranded children at the Mexican border and infrastructure. But in a week of two mass shootings, he did not mention weapons legislation.

“You should teach your boy about accountability when he is near weapons.” The words belonged to my neighbor, the father of the two boys my son was playing with. My then 5-year-old son had had his first play date in their home. I looked questioningly at him with a rippling fear down my spine.

The father said that in order for the boys to get out and play in the backyard, they had to go through his garage. In the garage stood a chair and on the chair lay a weapon. My son had picked up the weapon, and it now provoked the conversation that brought out the fear in me along with that feeling that I will never fully understand the Americans. I was horrified and furious, my neighbor did not understand the problem of having weapons lying freely in front.

It must be said that already at the age of 5 my son had been taught in school on how to react if one sees a weapon. It’s perfectly normal here. Again: he was 5. Children in that age group are more impulsive than cautious, they do not necessarily make the connection between the teacher’s instruction in the classroom and the reality outside. Add to that the impulsivity of a boy with ADHD, and then you have a parent with a heart in his throat.

The United States has in less than a week had 2 mass shootings with many dead. We had almost forgotten how it felt again and again and again to be reminded that we live in a country that has many times more weapons than inhabitants and very few restrictions on who can acquire a weapon. In particular, the killers’ preferred weapon appears to be the AR15, which can fire 45 shots per minute. One can think what one wants about the right to bear arms for protection or to go hunting. I would argue that no hunter needs a weapon developed for war, and that such a weapon does not belong in the hands of private citizens but only within the military.

Since the day I picked up my son from the neighbor, I have always asked parents of children that my children would like to play with if they had guns in the house. When I lived in Denmark , an affirmative answer would have been enough for me to insist that the play agreement took place in my home. We have no weapons and never get them. Now I always ask parents who give an affirmative answer to the gun question if the guns are locked inside a closet. One’s boundaries are shifted when the normal is different from the one one grew up with.

But I never get used to the mass shootings. Every time we hear of another shooting, my heart breaks. I simply do not understand that when the majority of Americans are in favor of more restrictive legislation in this area, then the politicians will not get one implemented.

Yes, I understand that there are donations from Fx NRA (National Riffle Association) involved, you can obviously buy a lot for money – including the ethics and integrity of some politicians, but the NRA is now stung, by going bankrupt, among other things. due to internal corruption scandals, so right now would be a perfect time to get legislation passed.

The vast majority of Americans are in favor of a tightening of gun laws, unfortunately politicians do not represent their peoples in this area.

The Democrats have a majority in Congress and yes, they have to use 60% of the votes in the Senate, but if they now get rid of the filibuster rule that means that they have to use 60% to get something through instead of what you could describe as democratic, namely 51 Per cent., then they could actually implement some sensible policy, i.a. a new and stricter legislation for who can carry weapons, what kind of weapons and where.

And here comes Biden’s first press conference, since he took over the oval office in the White House, into the picture.

Joe Biden was at the press conference – Joe Biden. He whispered, thundered, stammered, smiled and got on well with journalists. But he was somewhat woolly in the mouth when asked if he had intended to support a change in the filibuster rule.

The victims of and the relatives of the last shootings he did not mention in a word. It is unworthy, even though this week he has been out and saying a few words in connection with the shootings and has made his position to implement legislation in the area, but there he did not have the same large audience as he had today .

At this press conference, the nation and the world were ready for the first time at an official press conference to hear him talk about the topics he finds most important to address – it is simply a ” missed opportunity “. Not only does he have the majority of the American population behind him, more progressive Democrats would like to see him step more into character in this area.

In return, we now know that Biden is passionate about getting Americans who have lost their jobs back into work. They must help build the United States. Bridges are collapsing, main roads have deep holes, schools are filled with asbestos, have windows that are leaking and water in the taps, the children can not drink, etc., etc. There are chemicals running into streams and there are in general enough to do and work to perform for the working hands that Biden appeals to.

For years, it has been impossible to get legislation through that would correct decades of neglect of U.S. infrastructure. It’s important policy, if Biden succeeds in getting the repair work started, millions of Americans who are in a vulnerable situation will potentially be lifted up into the middle class, where the possibility of health insurance, own house and annual vacations with the family lies and flashes like the dream of the Democrats for the part of the population that has been left unemployed in large parts of the country where industries have been shut down as a result of development.

The children at the Mexican border were also talked about a lot. Thousands are waiting to have their case processed. According to Biden, many will be sent back to the countries they come from. The situation is developing, Biden may be facing a huge crisis, which lacks beds and the conditions in the reception centers are not good. Children are children, but the vast majority are fortunately 15 years and older. Biden raised a tab that there are new initiatives on the way that will make the situation better. But here, too, he turned out to be an old fox who does not show all his exits. He is a seasoned politician who does not intend to show his hand, it is about timing, as he was told several times.

But there was noisy silence when it comes to mass shootings. I do not know if the press had of knowing that they should not ask questions that had weapons legislation to do, but there was no question that was about the completely misguided approach to weapons that characterizes the United States.

Yes, several states have each tried to introduce legislation that will make it more difficult for e.g. men who are violent towards their wives to gain access to a weapon and make it harder for the mentally ill to gain access to weapons. Several states have introduced that it takes a period of time from the time you buy a weapon until you can actually pick it up at the store – in case it is purchased in affect. But there are plenty of loopholes, if you want to acquire a weapon, it’s a narrow matter. Tighten one place and loosen another. Each state does things differently, a comprehensive legislation is needed before we can really see changes – in the attitude towards the use of weapons and in deaths as a result of shootings.

Biden showed several times at the press conference that he is a man who is fully aware of his own power status as president. I can only hope that the reason he did not speak so bluntly on this very subject, as he did in relation to talking about Mitch McConnell (the minority leader of the Republicans in the Senate), the Republicans in general, China’s Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin is that he has some political, strategic pull up his sleeve.

It is my hope that Biden is as passionate about getting something done in the area of ​​gun laws as he was under Obama. Here, with lightning speed, he produced over 20 proposals for what measures could be taken to do something in the field of weapons legislation. It was not Biden’s fault that nothing was done, as so often before it was two NRA-paid politicians (a Democrat and a Republican) who managed to stifle the measures.

Joe Biden has not yet held the post of President of the United States for 100 days. He made it clear from the start that his first priority is to get a handle on Covid-19. That strategy goes beyond all expectations. Instead of giving 100 million vaccines after 100 days as president, it looks like the number will be approx. 200 million.

I hope that when that Covid fire is extinguished, then Biden will have just as much luck extinguishing the other fires we are dealing with – there is enough to take away, of which a reform of the gun legislation should have the highest priority.

7,957 children and young people die every year as a result of gunshots, completely meaningless deaths, the vast majority of which could be avoided if the adults wanted to make responsible, adult decisions. A president is responsible for leading the way in the process of actively working for change for the benefit of the weakest in our society.

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