Undertoad Monday Apr 18 02:03 PM
4/18/2005: Rwandan gun burn
Happy Monkey Monday Apr 18 02:26 PM
Hopefully no loaded ones slipped through...
jaguar Monday Apr 18 02:37 PM
...considering I can see what looks like two browning 50cal machineguns on that burning pile I wonder about their definition of small arms.
Undertoad Monday Apr 18 02:44 PM
Always aim them downwards when setting them on fire.
Troubleshooter Monday Apr 18 03:00 PM
All they're doing is taking guns away from civilians. Again...
jaguar Monday Apr 18 03:21 PM
Chances are it's a touch more complex than that, there are so many forces at work there, political, tribal, military, milita that nothing tends to be what it seems.
BigV Monday Apr 18 05:10 PM
A touch more complex, an understatement, that.
russotto Monday Apr 18 05:11 PM
A lot of them are probably AK-47s. Put a new stock on them and they'll be ready to use again.
Troubleshooter Monday Apr 18 05:25 PM
Ok hippies , what does that have to do with us?
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 18 05:27 PM
zippyt Monday Apr 18 06:40 PM
i have seen Gubment folks clear out the furnes deck at a steel mill and dump LOTS of FINE comfiscated weapons in the furnes , AK's , HK's , M16's , M4's , Shotguns of EVERY description , and just about EVERY kind of pistol and you can imagen , it made me SICK !!!!!!!
Troubleshooter Monday Apr 18 08:49 PM
And all of it pointless.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Apr 18 10:35 PM
Zip, and that was only the times you happened to see it, lots more you didn't.
russotto Tuesday Apr 19 11:29 AM
There was at least one gun buy-back where gun dealers were bringing over NEW guns (Lorcin, I believe) and getting more than they paid for them. I wonder if they'd accept a length of iron pipe and a nail....
Troubleshooter Tuesday Apr 19 11:45 AM
That's the point, buy backs are stupid. You get old people ditching their breech loaders and thugs ditching weapons they used to shoot somebody.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jun 29 08:29 PM
They're at it again. Nairobi this time.
BigV Wednesday Jun 29 09:48 PM
Reminded me of this...but with less fire.
FloridaDragon Wednesday Jun 29 10:38 PM
In the wrong hands, those guitars are every bit as dangerous as the AKs.... burn em!!!
Billy Wednesday Jun 29 11:59 PM
Gun for protecting peace or killing? The more advanced weapon, the worse chaos.
wolf Thursday Jun 30 01:56 AM
Troubleshooter Thursday Jun 30 08:34 AM
The problem with africa is that the ruling people are so oppressive, so harmful to their people that they are in a constant state of war, relocation and suppression.
In Zimbabwe their dictator nationalized (tribalized?) all of the farms and ran off, killed or imprisoned all of the white owners. The only problem is that now there is no one left who knows how to run the farms and his country's starvation is drastically worse than usual.
In Swaziland for example:
"Mswati, 37, has drawn criticism for spending money on luxury cars while many of his 1.1 million subjects struggle by on food aid, ravaged by the world's highest rate of HIV/AIDS which affects around two in every five adults.
Mswati early in June said he was not sub-Saharan Africa's only absolute monarch, contending that although political parties were banned in Swaziland, he only made decisions after consulting with the people."
So no, it's not the guns, or the knives, or even the sticks, it's the people. Same as everywhere else.
mrnoodle Thursday Jun 30 11:15 AM
Yet, set a pile of people on fire, and everyone gets all up in arms.
Ubergeek Thursday Jun 30 12:36 PM
I did a peacekeeping tour... no matter what we took away from the combatants, they found a way to make their own or just plain old threw rocks at each other.
I nearly got sick at a recent news article about some British politicians trying to ban "pointed" knives as you don't really need a point for cutting foot but for stabbing... a throw back to when a knife was not just used in the kitchen but was also usually carried on one's belt as a weapon as well as a tool.
All that is true but it was in response to an increase in knife attacks what with the Brits pretty much having effectively banned all easily carried firearms.
Doesn't anybody get it that you have to change the peoples attitudes first before you lower violence?
This "Life in a Playpen" movement really has me sick ... "take away all the tools that can hurt us, and we can't hurt each other anymore" ... yah right ... like our distant ancestors didn't hit each other over the head with rocks.
Guns, knives, sticks and rocks are not the problem ... WE are.
And until we acknowledge that fact, we really aren't going to get much of anywhere socially.
wolf Thursday Jun 30 12:53 PM
Don't worry, Ubergeek, there will always be sharp edges on furniture.
Elspode Thursday Jun 30 01:40 PM
It looks suspiciously like there might be some nice guitars in that sculpture.
BigV Thursday Jun 30 01:58 PM
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jun 30 10:07 PM
Wasn't that an IotD once?
xoxoxoBruce Friday Jul 8 10:51 PM
Guess Sri Lanka doesn't like air pollution from bon fires.
Troubleshooter Friday Jul 8 10:58 PM
wolf Saturday Jul 9 01:40 AM
Fair daffadills, we weep to see