After every major shooting, the gun control advocates can be counted on to ask "NOW can't you see the need for gun control?" But does gun control really make sense?
Would gun control have prevented this slaughter? I doubt it. Guns will continue to be available for the person determined to get one, and the kind of person who does something like the Colorado movie theater shooting would be determined.
The problem isn't the weapon, it's the intent, and there are plenty of other ways to kill. There are even plenty of ways to kill en masse. A bomb brought into the theater could have killed more as could an incendiary device. In other contexts, there's poisoning food or water.
Is the cause of gun violence really the availability of guns or is it the nature of the people who use them? Other countries have similar or greater rates of gun possession (I believe both Israel and Switzerland have higher rates), but they don't have nearly the rate of gun violence.
The difference in gun violence between Switzerland and the United States comes down to the difference between the Swiss people and Americans, and I don't see Americans changing in any fundamental way anytime soon.
No, "militia" is not another word for army. An army is made up of professional soldiers. A militia is an emergency force drawn from the general population who typically provide their own equipment. A "well regulated" militia simply means that emergency force gets some periodic training in emergency response. The National Guard isn't a militia either. They get paid. :)
Ok, I'm sure this has been addressed elsewhere, but the phrase "A well regulated militia being necessary for ...," does not read "You must be a member of a well regulated militia for the rest of this legal protection apply to you". It's a statement of belief by the writers of the amendment. And you are in error. There are legally recognized militias in all 50 states last time I checked, and they were all "well regulated". They typically help in national and local disasters. They attract their share of flakes (sadly, so do the police and military), but they are stable community service organizations with a long, respected history. Your conclusion relies on a false premise.
Yes, this stuff only happens in countries that are swimming in guns. In the UK we get it maybe once in two decades. In the US it seems to be at least twice a year. We just never get someone walking into a crowd with full body armour and a selection of heavy weapons.
What about your "Saturday Night Specials" I have heard about? People getting drunk and foolish with their toys on a Saturday night? Doesn't happen here. People get knifed, they don't get shot. If I want to shoot someone, I can do it from all the way over the other side of the room. I don't have to engage them personally.
Better to spend your money on health care, believe me.
Believe it or not, you're more likely NOT to survive a knife assault. Why? A typical gun wound is one bullet hole. A typical knife assault involves multiple stab wounds, anywhere between 6 and two dozen penetrations. The result is that the victim will die of exsanguination before all of the wounds can be dealt with.
OK, that's a fair point. It's better to look at the overall murder rate.
On the other hand, how many people can one person kill with one knife? About three, maximum.
Well, over time, many, depending on whether one get's caught or not. In a short period of time, a couple guns would do the job as in this case. However, if I were a nut case wanting to make a splash, I'd choose a bomb due to the much lower likelihood of being caught, allowing me to bomb again on another day. Mass poisoning sounds good, too.
Thats why we have legally protected rights to carry bombs and poison.
Ah, you'd expect to be killed. Better to just go the honest route and get it over with.
Okay, Wikipedia tells me these are the top 12 countries as far as guns-per-capita. Eliminating countries with some sort of insurrection or civil war going on, I think you can see that your theory doesn't hold water in any consistent way.
Exactly Judith - do Americans understand the perception of American society, from an outsiders point of view - I don't think so. As Simon said 'The genie is out of the bottle', impossible to stop Americans from 'their right to bear arms' etc. etc. And those lovely folk up in the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia prepareing for Armageddon , with their sub machines guns, ready to kill the marauding city people -That's ok, you will just have to put up with disenfranchised psychos, who can go to a shop and buy whatever they like - way to go - of course, there are illegal guns being bought into Australia, and that is the operative word 'illegal', At least it is a start - crims here like shooting each other - and we have had the aberrational disenfranchised psycho, but it is rare, not every year or two. America is a scary society, and the perception is that they are generally violent - maybe wrong perception, but that is the perception.