This is the best example of what happens when people become complacent.
Ireland has a lot of people at very low literacy levels hence the violence. Firearm regulation and over all gun ownership has little impact negative or positive on the safety of the overall population.
Daniel – Ireland does not have “a lot of people at very low literacy rates”. I would like to see your references for deducing that poor rates of literacy correlate directly to the level of violence in a society. I would also like to see some epidemiological studies that show a neutral impact on levels of violence as I can produce several to show that there is correlation between gun ownership and levels of violence. Something like this would help.
Unfortunately my search for a study to show any sample distribution of people with abject levels of geographical knowledge that correlate directly to them uttering unsubstantiated claims about a country have proven to be ineffectual so I would like to draw attention to the fact that Ireland is not the country that is the topic of the video and I sincerely hope the eloquence of this literary masterpiece is not overly loquacious or verbose as to make it incomprehensible. I have made efforts to refrain from any hyperbole but do admit that a certain amount of verbiage can be detected when I should be more parsimonious with my words. However this is undeniably elucidated by the fact that at a time preceding this very instance I did indeed ingest a lexicon whose deglutition may be the source of verbiage and the cause of any lexical disambiguation or as we sometimes say here in Ireland the reason someone is talking through their arse.
Love this. Nice to hear it straight from the mouths of people who have LIVED through a Gun Ban. If people want to kill each other, they will find away. It's more than self defense though, it's a matter of remaining in control. Why the hell should the Government do what the people want it to do when it has nothing to fear from them but "Peaceful Protest"?
Daniel..... Ireland's literacy rates are up in the 99% range along with all developed countries. As Reg said, you're talking through your arse.
I'm an American and I am very aware that the literacy rates in Ireland, and throughout most of Europe, are very high - and are typically higher, per capita, than the USA. I've traveled extensively in GB, Germany, and throughout the rest of Europe and I must say that this is quite evident when you're in Europe, compared to, say, where I live in the Deep South/Bible Belt.
Next is a tangential rant concerning Americans and their, ahem, "worldview". I am not directing this towards anyone in this conversation - it just reminded me of this...
As a side note I find it more and more disturbing that quite a few Americans believe that the U.S. is the leader or is the "best" at, well, pretty much everything, and that the rest of the world is backwards and inferior. This attitude is exactly why we're viewed as "asshole Americans" the world over. The sad thing is that when you do travel abroad it is quite easy to pick out the Americans. They tend to be obese, dress like slobs (comparatively speaking), they're loud, and they're usually complete pricks to the citizens of the place they're visiting. It actually makes me embarrassed to be and American at times. I do my damnedest to show my hosts that not all Americans are like that. There are quite a few of us who actually understand we're just a small part of a great big world, and that just because we do something differently does not make our way "right" and everyone else "wrong" - it's just "different", and if we learned to respect others we'd get along in the world much better.
Maybe if we would - as a nation - begin to look outside our own borders and our own media and we'd discover that we have a lot of catching up to do if we want to be considered "number one" at anything worthwhile.
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