Guns are tools. Tools that can be used for right or wrong.
The nations with the most guns / capita:
United States 88.8
More guns = more accidents. More gun murders.
Everyone mourned the 20 children of Newton. Know that 260 school children were killed in Chicago over a 3yr span. It happens all the time.
But doesn’t hit the mainstream media each time.
Still, the U.S.A. is only 10th on the list of firearm-related deaths. Switzerland is 5th. Mexico is 9th.
It’s not an exact correlation. Guns in the U.S.A. prevent some killings.
Dana and Fred recently moved from Vegas to Regina, Canada. There’s far less chance for their son to be hurt by guns in Regina than Vegas. I really believe that.
… If I could wave a magic wand and render all the hand guns in the world ineffective, I would. There would be a net calming effect, I predict.
Perhaps I’m wrong.
In any case, there is no magic wand. We must deal with the cards on the table now.
Actually, I don’t believe the pro gun nuts and the anti gun zealots are all that far apart.
Aside from the worst extremists, the majority would agree that it should be legal for hunters to own hunting guns. That it should be legal for people to defend their families and homes.
Most would agree there’s no need for an assault weapon for hunting nor home defense.
Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee:
“An AK-47 is a Russian-made weapon that is made for war. An AR-15, which is an answer to the AK-47 . . . these high-capacity [guns] . . . you can shoot 50 to 60 rounds within a minute. Within a minute you can literally shoot through brick, shoot through steel.”
Speaking at a news conference with Rep. John Conyers and myself, Chief Godbee expressed dismay that there has been no action to revive the assault-weapons ban that was allowed to expire in 2004 when George W. Bush was president. …
Police chiefs are right: Ban assault weapons
That ban should be put in place. And enforced.
Penalties should be very strict.
Release the marijuana smokers from U.S. prisons to free up space for those carrying illegal weapons.
Bring the troops home. Use the money for Home Defence. Especially defending Americans from assault weapon attack.
Use the money to take better care of the mentally ill.
Use the money to improve the lives of the poorest of the poor in the U.S.A.
Not family handouts. But improved schools.
We’ll still have mass shootings, but hopefully fewer.
Personally, I feel it’s time for the N.R.A. to moderate their positions.
Critics of the N.R.A. have some very good points.
I admire George H. W. Bush for resigning from the N.R.A. in 1996.
He was right.
In fact, looking back with 20/20 vision, George H was more often right than wrong. His son, just the opposite.