"Might makes right"? No.
Right isn't in the picture.
It does get results, though.
I'm not someone who believes in metaphysical ethics.
According to this scholarly study in The William and Mary Law Review of gun ownership up to the American Revolution, "...individual gun ownership n every published study of early probate records that we have located ranges from 50% to 79%, only 32.5% of households today own a gun." (pg 1835)
There's a lot of people that feel it's somehow an evil and dangerous thing to have around. They're right about the dangerous part, however the evil part depends on who owns it and takes care it doesn't fall into the wrong hands. Lot of people that didn't grow up with households that owned and shot guns are freaked by them.
A lot of the usefulness and relevance of these tools has worn off for a great many people as well. Not even all people who support liberal firearms rights feel the need to possess firearms themselves.
I'm one of those people. Don't own a gun and probably never will. Don't belong to the NRA and see them as very radical, just like a lot of anti-gun people.
@Unseen - Exactly, it is not Australians problem - it is a mentality, of fear. To see Americans at gun shows, with their children, it is all part of the indoctrination of the 'right' to buy guns.
@ Noel - Excellent comment - the love of guns has nothing to do with protecting themselves against marauding armies. They maybe need missile launchers and flame throwers! Bit hard to park a tank in the back garden.Then you have 'them thar folks up in the mountains' waiting for Armageddon, with their guns ready to shoot anybody who wants to take their rice and flour????
As for the soccer match shootout, I think these people watch too many cowboy movies. Truly frigging scary.
Gee Suzanne, why am I NOT surprised to see you ignore Gregg's question?
20.000 dead Americans each year.
Promoting gun control is about as ethical as preventing hunger, ref. another post on this site.
What are the underlying causes of the American gun deaths each year?
Wouldn't you consider it "ethical" to address those?
"What are the underlying causes of the American gun deaths each year?"
"Wouldn't you consider it "ethical" to address those?"
Did I say I did not want to consider it?
But in whose hands are those guns that kill, normal citizens or criminals, who is apt to follow gun control laws? Which one is really the problem?
In which hands do bombs kill? Criminals or normal citizens? Should therefore citizens be allowed to carry bombs?