...a couple staffers had been armed?
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That sounds like a statistic, but it's an opinion ("justified"? by whose standards). So where did you get that "statistic"?
Justifiable, meaning that the shooter was not charged with a crime. Of course most gun deaths are ruled suicides..but that's a another issue.
I there are the ever popular "I was cleaning my gun and it went off, killing my wife" excuse. I don't think "justifiable" includes suicides or accidents. Not in any ordinary sense of the word.
If I were on that guy's jury I'd laugh him into a conviction (absent some really unforeseeable circumstance I can't imagine here and now).
A gun cannot "go off" while disassembled for cleaning (you might even say it's irreducibly complex!), and must be unchambered if you have any intention of cleaning the bore (which is the most important part of the cleaning). So basically he would have to be in the process of unloading or loading the gun prior to or after the cleaning for it to be capable of going off. So then the question is what the blazing fucque is he doing pointing it at his wife while doing so, AND having his finger on the trigger? Multiple violations of the four basic rules of safety going on there. He's either so stupid he's a hazard to bystandanders, or he really wanted his wife dead.
Yeah, but we in the U.S. have a right to bear arms that's in our Constitution, and changing that is about as close to impossible as making pi an integer.
Don't be hatein'!
America has a problem, for sure. But gun control won't fix it.
Even things which obviously will never happen (Amerca getting tight gun control, for example) are still possible in a theoretical way.
Never mind that your mini-poster doesn't even respond to what Unseen said.
I find this sort of thing fundamentally dishonest.
While it's true that there are more gun related deaths per capita in the US than in those other countries, the poster gives an absolute count, neglecting to mention the considerably higher US population, so as to exaggerate the extent. Why do they feel the need to do that?
Finland has 5.4 million people to the US's 315; if you prorated the numbers, a Finland the size of the United States would have 992 there instead of 17. Canada (35 million) would have 1800. Germany, 752. Australia 484. England and Wales (why not include Scotland and northern Ireland... oh wait you wouldn't WANT to include northern Ireland!) 56 million, prorates to 219, so they are the champions of low gun homicides--in spite of an almost total ban on firearms, the equivalent of 219 murders happens there. But that doesn't necessarily mean they are the low homicide (including non-guns) capital of the world.
The discrepancy is large, bad enough. But why spin the discrepancy to such a huge extent? If you have such a strong case to begin with why present the data in such a way as to exaggerate it?
Clearly they are trying to blame guns for lots of death. But for that to be true you'd have to show that the overall crime rate is significantly higher here AND that it is because of gun ownership. It is conceivable that there are lots of guns here because of the crime rate (people seeking the means to defend themselves) rather than the other way around, no? But any attempt to show that also has to explain why Switzerland, with a high gun ownership rate (adult males have access to fully automatic assault rifles, issued by the government) has such a low crime rate. (In order to legally own one of these in the US you have to undergo a thorough background investigation, pay a $200 tax, get permission from local law enforcement and fill out a shit ton of paperwork, and thus far exactly ONE gun from this registry has been used in a crime. Oh, and by the way, manufacturing new full auto weapons for the US civilian market has been illegal since 1986, so the prices have skyrocketed.)
Intentional homicide rates for the various countries are (per 100,000) 4.2 (US), 2.2 (Finland), 1.6 (Canada), 1.0 Australia, 1.2 (for the UK as a whole), and 0.8 for Spain and Germany. You will note that the UK has a higher homicide rate than Oz and Spain and Germany even though its gun homicide rate is lower, which tells me guns aren't the problem. But the real kicker is this: Switzerland, with all those full auto assault rifles? 0.7.
No causal connection has been shown here between gun ownership or ease of access to guns and crime, and putting up cute little posters from the Brady campaign (that exaggerate--maybe they don't themselves believe it?) won't change that.
That is only true to a slight degree. Here in the UK where guns are illegal or damn hard to get we still have people smuggling in guns and using them. But in 99% of the cases it is nearly always hardened criminals and gang members. The general public would not even know where to begin to acquire an illegal gun here. And in virtually every case of such mass murder it is not gang members or hardened criminals who commit it , it is the quite person who you would never expect to do so who would not have any real access to illegal guns.
Here in the UK i have rather a few contacts in the drug scene and yet if i suffered a psychotic break and decided i wanted to shoot people i would not have the slightest clue how to get my hands on a gun. And would likely get beaten up or robbed if i tried to acquire one.
Technology may make buying guns unnecessary. There is now the ability to "print" working guns made of a plastic material in the privacy of your home.
Read about it here.
I don't own one of those printers, but I own a knife made out of glass fiber impregnated hard plastic. It doesn't slice worth a darn but it stabs just fine and is invisible to X-rays.
You can make them illegal the way we made counterfeiting money illegal, but how well has that worked for counterfeiting money?
Criminal laws get applied after the crime, and if the killer intends to kill himself at the end of his spree...well, there ya go. So much for laws.
So? someone with a lathe and mill can make afar better gun than that at home and it has been possible to do so for ages.