Once again, these threads devolve into "Americans are stupid" arguments and rants. This is why I hate this section of Heresy.
It is not nor has it ever been about Americans as people my friend. For my part it is about empathy for a people that I consider close friends. I don't write this stuff about Pakistan or Mexico or South Africa. They have worse problems but I simply don't care about them.
Fun fact for all of you.
Gun laws in Switzerland are nonexistant. Every household has an assault weapon in it. In fact, they are issued to them by the government.
OK if your going to cite fun facts you might want to actually cite facts.
Swiss men are OBLIGATED to store an issued military weapon in their homes so that in the event of invasion they can fight their way to barracks. They are not issued ammunition for this weapon.
Switzerland has very strict restrictions on weapons other than pure hunting rifles and additionally ammunition is very tightly controlled. Such measures have been deemed unconstitutional in the US.
Far above all other reasons the one that is stand out for Switzerland is that they do not have poor people. As I said before guns are about empowerment, why do you "want" to have a gun? To make you feel powerful. Being universally well off the Swiss don't need guns to make them feel secure.
Meanwhile, gun crime in Switzerland is so low statistics for this do not even exist.
Crime in general is almost non-existent in Switzerland. A cross cultural comparison is not valid. There is a fuck tonne more military weapons in Afghanistan, there is even a fucker tonne of weapons in South Africa and no one would claim either are an exemplar of civic stability.
Guns don't kill people, people kill people.
So don't give them guns. What greater good is served by the fellow at the picture theatre having bullet proof vests, shotguns, assault rifles, and two glocks?
You cannot blame an instrument for the actions of its wielder.
All the more reason for tighter controls.
Gun crime rate is more dependent on culture than on actual guns per capita. The parts of America where virtually all of the gun crimes happen are centered on gang territory. Gang culture says shoot the guys wearing the other color. Hence, gun crime. Its worth noting that a lot of the weapons used by gangs, such as uzis, tek9s, and AK47s are not legally purchasable in America, at least not without a thorough background check that no gang member is going to pass. They get these already illegal guns through already illegal means. What, are you going to make them more illegal? Is that the solution? Because I don't think they give a damn.
That is completely wrong. Check the pie graphs from before. Obtaining a gun from a gun shop and selling it to someone who isn't supposed to have it makes the gun illegal. Stealing it from a house makes the gun illegal.
The fact is that all guns start out as legal but in transmission to the final perpetrator become illegal. Tighter control on legal weapons lowers the number of illegal ones.
One of the greatest problems that Mexico has is the flood of guns across its border with the US weapons that are legally imported and produced in the US are smuggled across into Mexico.