Guns are never the problem. Never has been, never will be. To commit murder on a large scale does not require a firearm. If he were still alive today I would tell you to talk with Timothy McVeigh. He killed 168 people with fertilizer, fuel and a rented delivery truck.
Fertilizer is, unfortunately, a necessary part of farming. So are guns to an extent - it's one of the reasons Australia's ban on semi-autos allows exceptions for primary producers. That's the balance that needs to be struck between necessary tools but I guarantee you if you try to buy large amounts of fertilizer for bomb making these days, people will know about it
, and questions will be asked.
How about Osama? He murdered thousands with airplanes.
And now access to airplane cockpits is highly restricted, and a lot of things were changed so that wouldn't happen again.
Or Jim Jones who killed 918 people with poisoned koolaid in Guyana.
What about Maximilien Robespierre who was at the head of the French revolution which beheaded/executed between 18,500 to 40,000 people including the King without a trial. And finally he himself was given the guillotine treatment.
How about Idi Amin? They don't even know how many people died because of him. Some say the death toll was near half a million people.
Yes, because stopping violence in the community is exactly the same as despotic regimes and cult suicide pacts in 3rd world countries, and should be treated as such. Not a good argument.
I could go on. As you can see, guns are not the problem, people are. Drugs are outlawed yet people still make, sell and consume them daily. Making guns illegal will do one thing, and one thing only, and that is to remove guns from law abiding people and as a result, only criminals will be armed.
The US needs to implement laws that make a psychology background check and evaluation be mandatory for gun purchases. A doctors note of sorts.
As for limiting or taxing ammunition to make them so damn expensive that people either cannot afford to buy the bullets for their guns or restricting a person from owning "X" amount of rounds will not work either. Reloading is common and easy enough to do already.
Psychology reports are a good idea, but simply making it more difficult for people to acquire guns means that those who might use them in fits of anger will be less likely to have them to hand, and they can't be stolen/used by others who might not have passed a checkup, or picked up by children by accident.
However, I just don't think it's going to be able to happen in the US - as I said in another thread, there just isn't the will, public or political, there to get rid of most semi-autos, and anything that did would probably be repealed before it had much effect. That's life, of course, and you'll have to learn to deal with more shootings.
Again, guns are not the problem, humans are. We are a cancer on this planet, infesting every nook and cranny and leaving a scarred, blighted and dead land in our wake. We are evil, we created evil and we do evil things. Every other creature on this planet lives in a balance with one other. Some take, some give but they all balance out and thrive. We do not. We suck at this whole concept.
For some reason, this image pops into my mind:
I will disagree with you on this one. There are always those who will do unthinkable acts of violence and destruction, but it's two steps forward, one step back. It's just the the destruction is much more dramatic and easier to see, and much more likely to make the nightly news, while good acts and positive changes happen slowly, contentiously and often unnoticed.
It's all in the name.
Looking for a club in Brisbane, Australia
? Come and enjoy a game and a beer at our friendly club in a pub, Sunday nights from 6:30. All brisbanites welcome, don't wait, check out our Club Page on Facebook
for details or to organize a game. We play all sorts of board and war games, so hit us up if you're interested.
Update:From the 25th of May 2014 we'll be Meeting at The Junction pub in Annerley, opposite Ace Comics and Games
Still playing 40k, Warmachine and board games of all sorts!