a reply to: radarloveguy
So if NOBODY had a gun, life would be better?
I do agree, sort of.
First, you have to find a way to eliminate every gunpowder actuated weapon in the country.
Every. Single. One.
Assuming you can accomplish this, you have in fact eliminated ALL gun deaths in the country.
Now you have eliminated 11,208 deaths out of 2,596,993 for the year 2013.
OK. OK. I know what you're thinking, "Well, that 11,208 people that DIDN'T get killed by guns!!!"
Well, OK. You're right.
Suicide by firearm was the cause of 21,175 deaths the same year. Almost twice as many as homicide. These stats do not come from FOX news or Rush
Limbaugh as those on the left are wont to argue, these are from CDC. Given these stats, you are almost twice as likely to commit suicide with your gun
than to meet your death at the hands of a mass murdering active shooter with an AR-15 like weapon.
Now, the reality:
You said "I live in a country that has things under control
and life is GOOD ! "
That's great. We should all be so lucky
However, WHAT THINGS are under control? and by WHOM?
The reality is that the US has cities that ban firearms ownership of any kind within its jurisdiction, while cities very close have less regulation.
"Well, those cities should get on board and ban them as well."
I hear ya.
Buuuuuuuttt, criminals have not, do not, and will not care if any such ban or regulation is in place for firearms. They are called criminals for a
reason. By banning ownership of firearms, you have effectively hobbled my ability to defend myself and my family from a...wait for it...criminal!
How exactly do you propose to eliminate ALL firearms from a nation?
The government sends agent to each home over a period of time to gather them?
That sounds and is...very heavy handed.
Let's suppose we visit your country. Are you 100% that ABSOLUTELY NO CITIZEN has a firearm?
Well, I'm assuming the law says citizens can't have them. I'm certain your police and national military do.
I am not being flippant, arrogant towards you, or in any way trying to demean you.
If guns did not exist, no one would ever die from gun violence, this is fact. It is irrefutable.
However, guns do exist. this is irrefutable fact as well. Unless you can conclusively and completely eliminate them from existence, there will always
exist the threat of a home invasion by an armed criminal, or a robbery, or a rape, or a murder.
So the question remains: If we are to live in a society without firearms, how do you eliminate them?