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Reuters: In Afghanistan people kill people, in the U.S. guns kill people

Reuters: In Afghanistan people kill people, in the U.S. guns kill people

In Kabul the other day, an Afghan policewoman shot dead her American police trainer and would’ve shot others, too, if her service pistol hadn’t jammed.

Here’s how Reuters characterized the incident today in a piece titled Mental illness, poverty haunted Afghan policewoman who killed American:

The Afghan policewoman suspected of killing a U.S. contractor at police headquarters in Kabul suffered from mental illness and was driven to suicidal despair by poverty, her children told Reuters on Wednesday. …

On the floor beside [her son] were his mother’s prescriptions and a thick plastic bag filled with pills she tried to swallow to end the misery about a month ago. On another occasion, she cut her wrist with a razor, Sayed said. …Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest nations, with a third of its 30 million residents living under the poverty line.

So in Afghanistan, according to Reuters, guns don’t kill people; poor people kill people.  It’s poverty that’s deadly.

None of the article’s 800 words is devoted to the gun the woman used.

Now compare that with Reuters’ post-mortem (if you will) on the Newtown massacre titled, Connecticut gunman had hundreds of rounds; Obama to console Newtown:

The gunman who slaughtered 20 young children in Connecticut stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with hundreds of bullets for a military-style assault rifle and handguns, and shot himself when police closed in, officials said on Sunday. …

He also carried two handguns and hundreds of bullets in “multiple” high-capacity magazines of about 30 rounds each, and had a fourth weapon in reserve — a shotgun in his car outside, Connecticut state police Lieutenant Paul Vance said. …

In addition to the military-style Bushmaster assault rifle, a civilian version of the weapon used by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, police said Lanza carried a Glock 10 mm and Sig Sauer 9 mm handguns into the school.

On it goes like that for nearly 1100 words, with no mention even of shooter Adam Lanza’s apparent mental issues.

In another article, Reuters actually assembled what it called a “profile” of the weapon itself.  It contains nine bullet (!) points worth of factoids, from price to usability.

Kinda makes you wonder how the media would’ve covered Newtown if Lanza had been a poor Afghan refugee.  Or if Afghanistan had a Second Amendment.


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How does suicidal despair over poverty cause one to kill an innocent person?

I don’t get that.

Wouldn’t you shoot yourself, rather than the person who is trying to help you?

And, I would guess that having a full-time job as a policewoman in a country like Afghanistan would put her above most other women in Afghanistan on the socioeconomic ladder.

So, I don’t get the whole poverty thing, either.

Police officers here are not usually rich, but after a few years they make a pretty good living. It sounds like she was lucky to be in training for this and would’ve had a comparatively comfortable future, financially.

    I’m pretty sure being a policewoman in Afghanistan is about a half a step above being a hooker. Once the west leaves, it’s going to be open season on them.

    GrumpyOne in reply to LukeHandCool. | December 27, 2012 at 4:33 am

    We are now seeing political correctness coming full circle.

    Those of us of advanced age can (or should) see the pattern that began during the LBJ years. Remember “woman’s lib” and all that?

    We are the source and reason for our own descent. Common sense is no longer nor is our ability to differentiate the absurd from reality.

    We can blame the politicians but the media is an equal co-conspirator…

    Juba Doobai! in reply to LukeHandCool. | December 27, 2012 at 9:14 am

    The policewoman’s problem isn’t poverty. It is Islam and the koran. She’s poor so she takes out her rage on an American who is doing what he can to help her country be restored to its former glory days?

    Her family’s excuses for her are pathetic. They’re always giving these lame excuses for their killer relatives. If the killers are crazy with mental problems, then the source is Islam and the koran.

    We’ve heard those lies before. We’ve heard that the guy who drove his SUV into a crowd has mental problems and was a regular mosque going guy who took his religion seriously. Right here in the USA. Some folks call it sudden jihad syndrome (SJS). I just call it jihad of some moron who is trying to make it to Islam’s paradise of blood by killin.

Poverty often gets the blame for crime in this country, leaving poor but law-abiding citizens to be some sort of unexplained phenomenon. Meanwhile, on a global scale poverty is the apparent root cause of Jihad against the West.

If we could only get the rich to pay their fair share…

Man, talk about ‘losing the narrative.’

A lot of people are down in the dumps about the state of our country, as well as our prospects for our future. I think a baseball analogy would illustrative.

If we were playing a baseball game, right now we’d be in the bottom of the sixth or seventh inning – not the bottom of the ninth, like so many people believe – and we would be down by about 4 runs.

We would be playing against a franchise called The Democrats: an overrated team with overpaid players, with a lot of hype. The Democrats have won any pennants they have solely due to other teams’ pathetic errors made under pressure.

The GOP franchise is a team that has as its starting pitcher John “Walk ‘em” Boehner. In the bullpen, they have Eric “Blind Man” Cantor. The team manager is Reince “Clueless” Priebus.

After considering the above, now consider this: this franchise owner is you and I.

Well, it seems we sure recruited some pretty bad players. We also got complacent during the season, and somehow believed these bums would come through for us. Well they didn’t. Sure, they seem to put on a good ‘show’ day to day. But when it comes down to it, they don’t have the stuff to win championships — even if the other team makes mistakes.

So the new Congress is coming up — just like the new baseball season is coming up. Any baseball team owner with brains enough to have made the money to buy a baseball franchise and who is stuck with players performing on the level of Boehner and Cantor would send them back to the minor leagues, and fire Priebus before the new season starts. If they didn’t, they’d have to be content to remain in the basement — and watch the value of their franchise sink just as low.

So remember: WE are the team owner. Do WE have the collective brains enough to now do what needs to be done before more than just the mere ‘narrative’ is lost?

    “We” might be the team owner but we have been dumbed down to the point that WE ARE in the bottom of the ninth AND down by 50 runs and the pitching staff has been exhausted…

BannedbytheGuardian | December 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

funny -I was just reading that on the local rag. I thought bullshit.

Middle aged ladies from Iran as she was ,are very common drug mules.

My guess it was a drug operation .Maybe they were grooming her to do a dummy run or surveillance against her countrymen.

Once an ayatollah Iranian always an ayatollah Iranian. Never trust the with a spoon.

TrooperJohnSmith | December 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

An “assault rifle” (born as the German Sturmgewehr 44) is a select-fire (fires full- or semi-automatic)weapon that uses a modified rifle cartridge. The Bushmaster “assault rifle” has no select-fire switch. It does not fire fully-automatic. Therefore, it is a rifle that “looks like an assault rifle”.

This is like saying that some guy running from the police in a Chevrolet Impala was fleeing police in “a NASCAR racing car”.

Just because the cat had kittens in the oven, it don’t make ’em biscuits.

You’re talking about the truth. The truth means nothing to a leftist.

Neither does the Constitutional. Especially not to Ruth Ginsberg.

We can’t forget these people live in a secular cult. They create “commandments” as they suits their narcissistic whims — and change them just as fast.

If Obama zombies could be convinced they should be on an armed vendetta against the rich and the GOP, David Gregory and his puppet masters would be touting the value of their being able to own machine guns.

This truly is a recipe for genocide. In fact, more than one Obama czar (forgot about them, haven’t you?) has called for political genocide in their writings prior to Obama’s election.

For the record, it was Obama czar Mark Lloyd:

Mark Lloyd on using media for genocide and ‘social change’-Part2:

Mark Lloyd to silence opposition speech-Part1:

[…] left and it’s partners in the media see the world through a Marxist-leftist lens. An Afghan policewoman has “mental illness and was driven to suicidal despair by poverty”… Um, both shitheads had “military style” weapons. All weapons are “military […]

And let’s not forget Obama czar John Holdren:

Imagine if that putz Romney brought this up during the election? And for what reason didn’t he?