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.
Putting an NRA sticker on your front and back door along with a "Beware of Dog" sign in the front yard and some fake video surveillance cameras might offer nearly as much protection as a gun. Perhaps more.
i think you meant deterrent, in relevance to determination.
Survivor of 1991 Luby's Massacre in TX on gun control laws. She had it right 20 years ago.
Yep - she sure did - if it was too late for gun control then, it is as sure as eggs, too late now - America is on a downward spiral with guns, without an end in site - guns are out of control - if this woman couldn't go for a meal without her parents dying - Americans just don't get it, never will.
Who's next? Land of the free - nope, controlled by fear, religion and guns. The most powerful country on earth - nope, sliding downhill fast. Generally lost the plot - AND Mitt Romney could be your next President.
@Gregg R Thomas - I carry a gun everywhere I go because "The Joker" can be anywhere - I find it really sad that is the mindset and that is the fear. But what is really sad it will never change. So many more are going to die.
Disenfranchised people + guns = Massacres
Is that about my original post?
Fishing for compliments? I swear your ego is a bottomless pit --
This news article might be relevant to this discussion:
A knife wielding teen managed to kill 8 people and wound 5 more. I realize the victim count is lower than the theatre massacre, but still surprising that a non-gun toting maniac can do so much damage.
Someone with a sword or baseball bat could stack 'em up like cordwood along a wilderness park jogging trail. You find trails like that in Cleveland's "Emerald Necklace," in Portland, Oregon's Forest Park, and in other cities. Let's ban baseball bats.
Here's an idea: lure a flashmob to some area with bombs planted in the nearby trash receptacles. You could probably make the Aurora bodycount look pretty sad by comparison. Then only detonate half the bombs on the flashmob. When the emergency crews get there, detonate the remaining bombs.
Gee...I'd make a pretty good terrorist, wouldn't I?
The point: you don't need guns to kill people en masse.