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Originally posted by Morgan Le Fay
Well, look at where banning guns has gotten the Unfree Kingdom.
Originally posted by Essan
When were guns banned?
Most of us never had guns to start with and most of those who did still have them.
And we have no desire to overthrow anyone. Except maybe the French
Originally posted by and14263
Guns don't kill people...
Lack of education, mental illness and our collapsing society does.
Originally posted by queenannie38
i'm american and this is what i would do, if it were up to me:
get rid of ALL guns
no matter who or why or where
all guns going into the ocean
this includes cannon, missile launchers, etc.
hell, if i'm gonna do all that, then i might as well say that anything of a violent weapon nature that has no other purpose other than to KILL man or animal must GO!
that's what i would do.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Reply to post by Xtrozero
I took judo for a numbe of years and have several friends who trained with the US Olympic team for a while.
At a judo training retreat some students were arguing about the "best" practical self defense tecniques that anyone could learn and effectively used. A couple of our instructors walked by and a student asked them their opinion.
They said "the best tecnique is the one that neutralizes the attack the fastest.....that's why we carry guns."
I was more than a little surprised. These are guys who live and breathe judo for their entire lives. I asked around over the years and the sentiment is far more common then I ever thought it could be. People trained to drop you on your on your head and break your arm in a third of a second trust their lives to guns.
Originally posted by Freeborn
I went back to meet my brother and quite bizarely we ended up getting drunk with Kate Garner of Haysi Fantayzee fame and some others but that's another story.
Originally posted by KittyKat666
I like many in my state carry a firearm, as protection for myself and family.
I have rarely had to pull my firearm, but the few times I did, I was lucky I had it.
On Jan. 16, 2002, Peter Odighizuwa, a 43-year-old student from Nigeria, walked into the Appalachian School of Law offices of Dean Anthony Sutin, 42, a former acting assistant U.S. attorney, and professor Thomas Blackwell, 41, and opened fire with a .380 ACP semi-automatic handgun – shooting them at close range.
Also killed in the same building was student Angela Denise Dales, 33. Three others were wounded.
As soon as the gunfire erupted, two students acting independently of one another, Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross, ran to their vehicles to retrieve firearms. Gross, an off-duty police officer in his home state of North Carolina, got his 9mm pistol and body armor. Bridges got out his .357 Magnum.
Bridges and Gross went back to the building where the shots were heard and as Odighizuwa exited, they approached from different angles. Bridges yelled for him to drop his weapon and the shooter was subdued by several unarmed students.
Gross went back to his car and got handcuffs to detain the shooter until police arrived.
Most news reports of the incident failed to mention the presence of two armed students and their role in subduing the shooter, saying only that he was tackled by bystanders.
Odighizuwa was tried for the murders and sentenced to multiple life terms in prison.
Virginia Tech, like many of the nation's schools and college campuses, is a so-called "gun-free zone," which Second Amendment supporters say invites gun violence – especially from disturbed individuals seeking to kill as many victims as possible.
Foreign-born student Cho Seung-Hui murdered 32 and wounded another 15 before turning his gun on himself.
A year earlier, the Virginia legislature banned all guns on campus in the interest of safety.
Arizona lawmakers hope to stem the wave of unarmed students killed in campus slayings through a plan that would let adults carry firearms onto the grounds of the state's universities.
Utah and several local jurisdictions scattered around the U.S. already allow people with a license to carry their weapons onto campuses.
Nevada also has considered a plan to allow teachers to be armed, and South Carolina, Alabama, Michigan and Ohio are looking at plans similar to Arizona's.
In 1976 Washington D.C. enacted a virtual ban on handguns. Between 1976 and 1991, Washington D.C.'s homicide rate rose 200%, while the U.S. rate rose 12%.
Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987
Between 1987 and 1996, these changes occurred:
Homicide rate - down 36%
Firearm homicide rate - down 37%
Handgun homicide rate - down 41%
OBSERVABLE FACT AFTER 12 MONTHS OF DATA
At the time of the ban, the Prime Minister said "self-defense is not a reason for owning a firearm".
Australia-wide, homicides are up 3.2%.
Australia-wide, assaults are up 8.6%.
Australia-wide, armed-robberies are up 44%.
In the state of Victoria, homicides-with-firearms are up 300%!
The steady decrease in homicides-with-firearms that occurred during the previous 25 years became an increase in the last 12 months.
The steady decrease in armed-robbery-with-firearms that occurred during the previous 25 years became an increase in the last 12 months.
There has been a dramatic increase in break-ins-and-assaults-of-the-elderly.
Australian politicians are on the spot and at a loss to explain why no improvement in "safety" has been observed after such monumental effort and expense was successfully expended in "ridding society of guns". Their response has been to "wait longer".
A 1985 study by the National Institute for Justice shows criminals fear the armed citizen more than they fear the police.