Posted 26 January 2013 - 23:56
I think the root problem of gun violence is not the gun, but the problems and issues the person at the trigger has.
Give a happy man a gun, he won't use it.
Give a troubled, abused, misunderstood man a gun, maybe he will use it.
(by use I mean ABuse)
Gun control is no solution, but it can help the amount of corpses as outcome of tragic events.
The easier an assault rifle is available, the more deaths there will be in shootings.
Sure, a dedicated criminal will be able to get them regardless, but isn't it funny to see that most of them in more controlled countries don't seem to be so desperate to get the heavy stuff and pick the "lighter" options?
Sure, the assault rifles are already out there, and that adds a problem for the dimension of future availability.
This spices things up a lot of course and I won't pretend to know the best way out for the US, but continuing without realizing there is a MASSIVE problem in the US surely won't help anyone, even those who are responsible gun owners that get all my support for their sport, hobby and means of defense.
It should however be in their interest to resolve this in some way, too. I'm not saying big government and bans are the way, maybe they really aren't, but instead we should look at what makes people trigger guns.
It's worries, troubled lives, traumata, harassment, ...
We should strive for a more social civilization that looks after each other, is less greedy and in less need of bans.
We should strive to teach our children (peacefully) again how important kindness and empathy - even for "enemies" - actually is.
I think the real problem is what triggers the aggressions.
Do guns kill people? Sure do, but they only boost the "effectivity" of the drama bound to happen.
Do people kill people? Some of them, yes.
Does society form murders, unknowingly, unintentionally and in tragic ways? Yes.