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If you need not to supress with firepower military units, but just convince military to change sides - you don't need guns. As recent events in Ukraine show, there were required mass protest. (top weapons: catapults with molotov cocktails and bulldozer)
originally posted by: Magnivea2) I disagree. Unless NATO steps in there's no real need for tanks as I think the feds would have quite a hard time finding mentally stable people who would turn tanks against fellow Americans.
Your defence mechanism are effective the same as the rest of democratic countries - free enough media, informed enough public opinion and security services that in case would turn sides. By occasion you also hold guns, what in case of any bigger unrest might turn everything bloody.
3) Our safety mechanism IS our ability to defend ourselves. I know it's hard to comprehend but the whole of the "first world" is nothing but supportive (generally) of what our mildly schizophrenic government does. Don't really give a damn if it sounds "unconvincing" as a week in this festering cesspool would almost certainly change your mind.
To make such stabbing spree it was necessary to sacrifice whole team and plan whole attack long in advance. If they had guns they would be able to do much more damage with same team to be sacrificed and same planning.
4) Not necessarily slashing but if people are going to lose their sh## badly enough to go on a murderous rampage they'll find a way. Look at that guy in the 90s in California that broke into a military base and stole a tank that he then ran from police in. Or that 30+ stabbing spree in China recently. Anyone with the ability to download TOR or access some torrent sites doesn't need a gun, just ammunition which also is easier to obtain. There are zip gun plans everywhere. My license allows me to manufacture/amend weapons and I have 3 fully registered, fully automatic SMGs that are made out of scraps of other useless guns and parts from a hardware store. I could have made them for a total of about $50 each but since I went the legal route it cost over $5000 each.
Let's say that I may have here somewhat different view because I live in country that was subjugated by the SU. (So US policies of fighting proxy wars looked reasonable, rather countries preferring detente (France, West Germany) were making us displeased)
5) Poor knowledge of other countries history? Hardly. As I said, some are close but none THAT close. US foreign policy for most of the past 80 years has been world police. Unless of course a country in trouble has nothing we want. I'm actually going to look up foreign instigation statistics from 1945 until present, I think.
Death and blood sells well so it seems reasonable for media to put such stuff, because it would attract viewers watching advertisements.
Also, I'd like to point out your point on the US being proportionally larger. Did you notice the post up there the poster who did a proportional analysis? For the size of this country there seems to be little to no news from the state-run media about anything but gun violence anymore. The agenda is blatant and no one seems to take into account the sheer size of this country.
originally posted by: bellagirl
america can put a man on the moon but cant stop themselves from shooting each other...
originally posted by: bellagirl
a reply to: AugustusMasonicus
everyone join in the chant....usa usa usa usa
you are so predictable. you cant win so resort to calling me a racist.
usa usa usa
originally posted by: [post=18025587]19KTankCommander
Since the shooting in 1999 ( Columbine) we have seen an increase in shootings why?
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
When you say 'shootings' what exactly do you mean as overall firearms homicides have steadily decreased since then?
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: LrdRedhawk
That's just great.
More reactionary nonsense, where what is needed is better monitoring and treatment of people who have psychological malfunctions, which lead them to violence and insanity.
It cannot be said enough times, that guns are not the problem here. The people who are walking around with the will and the lack of moral awareness necessary to make attacks like those which currently plague America, are dangerous by definition. The guns they carry are lumps of inanimate matter, and only as dangerous as the person wielding them. These people would be lethal if all they had was a lump of concrete stuck to a pipe, or a knife, or a spoon, or a Godamn house brick.
originally posted by: openyourmind1262
Because no one has a gun to protect themselves. They also can't defend themselves from the own Government.
a reply to: nancyliedersdeaddog