Check out today’s Teatime Titbit: The language of thingybobs ‘gun control’
In the wake of the recent spate of shootings in the US I decided to look into exactly what the firearms laws are like in the States and despite all the rhetoric investigate whether there could be a compromise solution, which everyone could live with. For most people in Europe, I guess, it is a no-brainer: ‘Ban firearms’ full stop or period as the Americans tend to say.
As BBC US Correspondent Jon Sopel and author of “If only they didn’t speak English” (recommended read https://amzn.to/2GDzt9C Amazon affiliate link) points out it is nowhere near so clear cut in the US especially as the NRA has such a powerful lobby and usually prevents any chance to the status Quo.
After a quick Google search I took a look at https://www.gunstocarry.com, which despite the ominous title gave a very matter-of-fact description of the laws concerning firearms in the US as a whole as well as in the individual states too. The English could be quite tricky to understand at times with ‘legalese’ as well as general crime vocab so I prepared a comprehensive word list & translations, which you can download at www.teatimetitbits.de/freepdf
My conclusion: The laws are as varied as there are states and range from (very) lenient (Mid-West States) to (very) restrictive (California, Hawaii). Due to the fact that individual state law overrides federal law, it is unlikely that there will ever be USA wide laws and even less likely that a restrictive mindset could win over when it comes to guns in the US.
In the wake of (infolge), spate of shootings (eine Serie von), to look into sth (etw untersuchen), despite (trotz), it is a no-brainer (hier: einfach lösbares Problem), full stop / period (Punkt), to point out (auf etw hinweisen), to be ‘clear cut’ (deutlich) NRA (NATIONAL RIRLE ASSOCIATION), to prevent (vermeiden), ominous (verdächtig), matter-of-fact (sachlich), legalese (Juristensprache), comprehensive (umfassend), conclusion (Schlussfolgerung), lenient (nachsichtig), to override (etw. aufheben), to be unlikely (unwahrscheinlich), mindset (Denkweise)