PSA: I’ll be gone for awhile.
As I said last night, my grandad has passed away. We’d been waiting on the ‘inevitable’ phone call for a while now but it’s still a bit surreal dealing with the fact.
I’m going to be spending a lot of time with my family so I won’t be here a lot.
Don’t miss me too much.
Anonymous said: What part of Dublin are ye from ? )
Dun Laoghaire originally, I live in the city now though ;)
Anonymous said: Do you have a favourite place in Northern Ireland?
It’s the perfect place :) I’ve got a lot of cousins there and last July I worked at an event in London so now I have some really awesome friends in Belfast too :D
Anonymous said: I'm (probably) going to Ireland for working holiday. Would it be more likely to find a job if I know Irish? I may be doing web design professional or factory labour
Any second language is an advantage when applying for a job but mostly Irish will only be preferable if you are going to the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking area)
US students will be able to shield themselves during school shootings with the latest in body armour, the Bodyguard Blanket
Are fucking kidding me? I have been sitting at home and constantly watching the news after the events of yesterday. For those of you who are wondering, I am a junior at REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL! I was there when the shooter kept running in the halls trying to open the doors and get in. I was there in the dark praying and crying while my librarian kept saying ” they’ll have to kill me before they touch my kids” I have known her for three years, her determination to keep us safe broke her heart. Seeing this, that little children need protection in school. Are we sending kids to a battlefield? I have three little brothers ranging from 5-10, and still people have the nerve to speak about the second amendment? Really? I can’t even type anymore. I’m so disgusted and frustrated. When will you realize that it’s important to have gun control? When a shooter is pointing a gun at your child? Is that when you’ll realize that guns aren’t something to be kept around. People say it’s a free country but honesty, this country is more oppressed and diseased than any other country.
Show me ONE instance where gun control and gun free zones prevented school shootings.
The Republic of Ireland has never had a school shooting in its history.
Not. A. Single. One.
Not only is the possession of handguns illegal, we also have a completely unarmed police force. Members of An Garda Síochána are equipped with batons, pepper spray and on the rare occasion, a taser. Detectives carry guns but even then they face massive restrictions on the carrying and use of that gun. The only real-life guns I have ever seen were when I’ve travelled abroad or up North.
Guns kill people.
They are largely unnecessary and have no place in a civilised society.
End of story.
It’s worth noting that until 1927 (IIRC) it was common for people in Ireland to own firearms. Rifles, shotguns and pistols. Like, loads of them. All over the country. And then the government was like, “Okay. War over. Time to get rid of the weapons…” and it more or less worked. Around the time of the troubles they cracked down again and made even fewer guns legal.
We do occasionally have shootings here. Proving that, yeah, ‘the bad guys’ can get guns. But they’re not the same kind of ‘bad guys’ who go shooting up schools or hunting down women or whatever. Individuals shoot individuals here. And even that is rare.
Any argument along the lines of ‘if guns were illegal there’d still be mass shootings AND we wouldn’t be able to defend ourselves against them’ seems to come from the USA’s peculiar insularity.
I think the Onion said it best:
When one of my friends visited me from the states this year he was freaked out by shops called ‘cash and carry’, assuming they referred to gun shops that would sell you guns for cash, with no delay.. When I explained they were wholesale shops selling food/toiletries etc he was perturbed by the idea that we don’t have gun shops..
In Ireland any shootings would get full page news. Heck, if a drug dealer stabs another drug dealer in a deal gone bad in a really rough area, that gets mentioned in the news.
This bears repeating / reblogging as regards Ireland. With the addition: while citizens can hold firearms legally, to get a license for a gun (most frequently a rifle or shotgun: handgun licensing is tightly controlled) you have to prove why you need one and satisfy various background checks into your mental health, character, etc. (The commonest reason for applying for a license is that you’re a landowner who wants to shoot over the owned land, either for sport/food or for pest control purposes.) If you want a gun for target-shooting purposes, you must be a member of a Garda-approved gun club or you will not be granted a license. Automatic weapons are prohibited: semi-automatics are tightly restricted. (Interestingly, the legislation also applies to crossbows. Compound bows and recurves are exempt, though.)
A good rundown on Irish gun law and stats concerning gun crime, etc, is here.
Reblogged for all the awesomeness of no gun Ireland. Yahay!