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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Yemen Is the NRA Heaven

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With shops lining the main road and hard bargaining merchants abounding, Jihana appears to be your average Yemeni market. But instead of shopping for food or clothes, customers peruse a vast assortment of glocks, pistols, AK47s, M16s, anti-aircraft artillery, bazookas, and nearly any other weapon short of an actual tank.

"In Yemen, no matter if you're rich or poor, you must have guns. Even if it's just one piece," insists Abdul Wahab al-Ammari, a tribal sheikh from Yemen's Ibb province who resides in Sana'a, citing self-protection as the primary driver of gun ownership. "I have maybe 14 high powered weapons, and 3 handguns [at home]."

Remember this ad for AR15 (the weapon used by the Newtown killer):

Driving across Sana'a, walking down the street, or eating at a restaurant, it's almost impossible not to encounter a firearm. And that's the capital. Gun-slinging in tribal areas, especially northern ones, is even more cavalier. "Yemeni society links the weapons culture with manliness," says Abdulrahman al-Marwani, the founder and director of Dar al-Salam (House of Peace), the first NGO in Yemen to focus on disarmament.

Another day in NRA paradise:

Weapons remain a central aspect of daily life in urban and rural areas alike. Weddings and other momentous occasions are invariably punctuated by joyous outbursts of automatic gunfire... But, in the end, bullets have to land somewhere. In 2011 alone, hundreds were injured or killed by celebratory gunfire.

More broadly, there are an estimated 4,000 violent deaths here annually, a pre-revolution count that has likely increased over the last two years. Either way, the per capita rate is even higher than in America.

The society that exists in the heads of gun nuts happens to exist in reality. That society is Yemen, that society is religious and patriarchal, that society looks hellish.


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Theodore Gorath 10
It is really the same reason we have so many guns in America: since there are so many guns, people think they need a gun to be safe, and so more people buy guns, and then there are even more guns, so more people think they need a gun to be safe...

Although in Yemen, I would imagine you probably do need a gun to be safe. You know, with all the guns there.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 13, 2013 at 5:32 AM · Report this
And their libertarian paradise is Somalia
Posted by jiberish on February 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM · Report this
"The per capita rate (of violent gun death) is even higher than America!"YES! we have achieved 3rd world status at last! Not to mention our semi-rigged elections!
Posted by pat L on February 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 7

Yea and I even put up a picture of someone being shot for you to jack off to while you dream of totalitarianism.
Posted by Cascadian Bacon on February 12, 2013 at 7:07 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 6

Cascadian "Five large" Bacon in da house! A man who profits five thousand bucks after a nut shoots up a school knows his guns. Listen to him and you'll maybe make some change off the next one.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on February 12, 2013 at 6:30 PM · Report this
I saw a movie about a society where only the military and police had guns.

It was called 'Schindler's List'.
Posted by delbert on February 12, 2013 at 6:11 PM · Report this
Cascadian Bacon 4
Mudede thinks that firearms should only be in the hands of a Communist Government.

Posted by Cascadian Bacon on February 12, 2013 at 5:43 PM · Report this
"that society is religious and patriarchal"

Tony Perkins and Wayne La Pierre would fit right in!
Posted by Ken Mehlman on February 12, 2013 at 3:32 PM · Report this
biffp 2
In Snohomish County, more gun-related deaths than car-related for three years.
Posted by biffp on February 12, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
The guns per capita is still higher here.…
Posted by gmer on February 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this

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