TheLegendOfMart, on 23 January 2013 - 09:30, said:
Wasn't so long ago that rock 'n' roll was being blamed for violence, there will always be a scapegoat instead of going after the root cause.
Funny how all the pro-gunners jump on the defensive and try and make excuses for why guns shouldn't be banned. Wonder if it would change your mind if one or more of your family are killed by a gunman who legally owned a weapon.
You seem to be contradicting yourself there, you seem to be scapegoating the guns/pro-gunners.
I know that it is popular outside of the US to blame guns because outside the US, Africa, South America, South East Asia and the Middle East, gun-related violence is nearly non-existent, so it is easy to dismiss. I am in Australia, and I definitely would not want guns to be freely available because the problem just does not exist. But when dealing with the issue as it relates to the US, you have to look at a bit more subjectively and without the stereotypes of the cowboy texan who shoots at everything.
The simple fact that guns are there to stay. It would be impossible to completely remove guns to levels that you would find in other parts of the world without gun problems. If you start going after guns, you are going to have a disproportionate amount of people who still have their guns against the law compared to law abiding citizens without guns. Gun culture is so engrained as a "basic right" over there that previously law-abiding citizens would still carry guns no matter what the laws say. If you had a society with uncontrolled guns, then you are going to have much worse problems. Much better to control it than to stop it.
It's not to say that the prevalence of guns in the US is not without it's issues. There needs to be more done to keep guns secured away from unlicensed users getting access to them (such as children). But in the grand scheme of things, a small amount of gun-related deaths as a result of legal gun ownership (such as this case where the guns were purchased legally even though the operator was not licensed for or using it legally) is nothing in the grand scheme of things in a country of millions of people.
Very tragic yes, but the real problem is not the guns, the real problem is keeping guns away from Children, Criminals, Idiots and the Mentally Ill. Better guns safes where Daddy does not give little Johnny the codes no matter how trustworthy he is. More guns given to responsible gun users to deter criminals (the only thing that makes a criminal think twice about using a gun is that they could be faced against a gun). Better training to stop people from doing stupid things with guns that result in accidents, and a basic intelligence test would be good too however unrealistic unfortunately. Better mental health care and AWARENESS in the community to pick up nutcases early on and get them into treatment before it gets to the point where they go on mass murder sprees.