"In America, the legends of zombies grew out of the cultures created by African slavery and colonialism in the Caribbean. Folklore experts have traced the idea of the zombi back to Vodoun practices in Haiti, where tales have long been told of people brought back from the dead as shambling shadows of themselves. Sometimes these zombis are under the control of a master, and sometimes they simply wander mindlessly."
(...) In the incredible 1940s film I Walked With A Zombie, which shares a lot of plot points with White Zombie (including the "let's turn this white chick into a zombie so she'll marry me" subplot), we see more blatant connections made between zombies and slaves. Here, a nurse has arrived on the island of St. Sebastian to care for the zombified wife of a plantation owner. She goes out for a drink with the man's brother, and overhears a calypso singer (played by an actual calypso superstar of the era, Sir Lancelot, from Trinidad) singing about the cursed family she's working for."The question I asked on my post has revealed some interesting answers. My question still stands and, the zombie thing aside, remains unanswered to my satisfaction. In addition, it sent some unsavory, rude and offensive people to my blog who highlight why the gun rights extremists may be interested in zombies in the first place. I am not interested in engaging with people like this. We disagree. I am interested in changing the conversation into something positive and dealing with common sense.The whole thing was a total distraction from what's really important in our country concerning the gun issue.
Let's look at some real world insight into the pro gun world and the zombie-like adherence to their message that they need guns to protect themselves from criminals. How do the criminals get their guns? Gun shows, Internet sales, other places where private sellers offer their wares, bad apple gun dealers, straw purchasing, by stealing them from individuals or shops, etc. Guns start out as legal sales in the first place. They get into the market of illegal gun owners and people prohibited from buying guns legally easily. Now, NBC news has reported on its' findings about Internet gun sales and how they work. This report verifies everything that others who have done the same sorts of "undercover" work to expose the problem of the sale of guns to people who shouldn't have them. I have written many times on this blog about similar investigations. They are usually "shot down" by the pro gun extremists. They will likely do the same with this one but on what grounds, I am not sure. Let's take a look at some of the findings of this undercover investigation:
Some say it’s a major loophole in the law. At gun stores, you have to get a background check before you can buy a weapon. But online in most states, anyone from law-abiding citizens to dangerous criminals – even terrorists – can get just about any weapon they want, no questions asked. Our hidden camera investigation shows the deals going down in broad daylight, in suburban mall parking lots.
(...) NBC News hired Steve Barborini, a former supervisor for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to help with our investigation. Barborini said that the online sales loophole permits what he called “a weapons bazaar for criminals. There’s no background check: Anybody that has a murder conviction can simply log on, email someone, meet ’em in a parking lot, and buy a freaking AK-47.”Several guns were purchased from private sellers in Arizona by the investigators after contacting the sellers on their on-line ads about the guns. And then the reporter, Jeff Rossen, interviews the sellers. You can see their reaction to selling guns to possible felons. It's amazing that they don't seem to really care. That should tell us everything we need to know. And then:
But the scariest transaction came after dark in a pharmacy parking lot. The online ad was for a 50-caliber sniper rifle, the most powerful gun legally sold in the U.S.: bullet range 5 miles. It can pierce armored vehicles, even bring down a helicopter. But the seller was so laid-back, you’d think he was hocking a used bicycle.
And it’s happening nationwide. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg led another investigation, buying guns in 14 states, even after the buyers said they couldn’t pass a background check.I remind my readers that this exposé was not done by a "gun control" group. And what Rossen found was identical to what the gun control groups have found in their own hidden camera investigations. So what will happen as a result?:
So what’s the government doing about it? It turns out there's a bill that would close this loophole, and require background checks for all gun sales, even online. But that bill has been tied up in committee for nearly a year. Its sponsor, New York senator Chuck Schumer, told us: “The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in Washington, and despite the overwhelming evidence that we should do something … the odds of us being able to do something are not high.”At the end of the story two Canadian women were interviewed. They lost a good friend when a stalker ( a resident of Canada) bought a gun across the border in Seattle from a private seller without a background check. This man could not have bought his gun from a licensed dealer because he was not an American citizen. He shot the woman point blank 11 times with this gun. These women know that closing the loophole in our gun background check system would have stopped this man from buying his gun and their friend would not be amongst the dead.
The real zombies here are those who continue to block efforts to stop people from walking amongst the living. Their grieving friends and family are real people who know something must be done. Talk about zombies is beside the point. Let's talk about real people, about a real problem in America and about those who have died while we have been having ridiculous discussions about zombies and gun rights instead of what we should be talking about. The NBC report, above, shows us how easy it is for people who shouldn't have guns to get them and how cavalierly the sellers responded when asked if it bothered them that a felon could have bought that gun. It's too easy for sellers to sell guns to those who shouldn't have them. It's too easy to access guns and it's too easy to shoot people dead with those guns. It shouldn't be easy. It should be hard. We have all become zombies when it comes to common sense about the gun issue. It's time to wake up and be among the living breathing Americans who care enough about real people to do something to stop the shootings of friends and family members.
In fact, 30,000 or so of the real dead people are not walking amongst us today because of bullets. We have failed to stop some of these people from losing their lives because we have failed to challenge the gun rights extreme culture and pass common sense laws that will keep these people amongst us. The nonsensical "discussion" on this blog about zombies and the undead is one way to deflect the real problems in America. We should fear more the attitudes of people who don't want to do anything about the real dead and would rather deal with the "undead." Any more talk about zombies is finished on this blog. Distractions like this are stupid and ridiculous considering that too many real lives are lost every day because we aren't doing enough to stop it.