After a gunman armed with a rifle, shotgun and two pistols killed 12 people and injured 58 others, America is struggling to find a connection between guns being freely available and lunatics using them.
Americans have dismissed any link between people firing guns at them, and people firing guns at them, by highlighting the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, contained in the Bill of Rights.
“It clearly states that we have the right to bear arms,” said 42 year old Kevin New.
“Although, thinking about it, I suppose that could mean we have a right to own the arms of bears.”
“It’s probably best to not take any chances.”
“Betsy, fetch me my rifle! I’m a going hunting.”
US gun owners
Americans have expressed their dismay that people could use easily-purchased weapons as some kind of weapon-style weapon.
“I can’t understand why a gun owner would want to use guns to do what guns are designed to do,” said Jane Campbell from Colorado.
“It’s sickening that people would buy a gun with the intention of using it as a gun.”
A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association also hit out at suggestions that gun ownership could play a part in the widespread ownership of guns.
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” they insisted.
“Oh, and bears. Yeah, watch out for the bears.”