reply to post by AboveTopSecret.com
I used to be an advocate of gun control. However, my opinions have changed over the last five years to be against gun control in America.
My primary reasons for this are...
1. It is your right to own a gun. This right was provided because your founders learned from a history of oppression and the need of the people to be
able to defend themselves in some way against an oppressive government.
2. The American government, like many others, is becoming more oppressive every day. We are seeing repeated examples of the American government (and
others) using draconian laws and internationally illegal practices without any argument from the people or the international community. The influence
of your federal government over the people increases every year, this is not slowing or being forced back, so this can only lead in one direction.
3. The UK has strict gun control. Ie, they are illegal in all but agricultural use, and yet we are seeing gun crime on our streets almost every week.
And this is increasing. If we have rising gun crime in the UK without a legal ability to buy handguns, it is clear that even an outright ban and
removal of guns in America will only serve to increase gun crime in a backlash.
4. Mathematics. The number of citizens and the number of guns in the population in America means that the crime related to them will be higher. It
doesn't take a genius to know that the bigger the population, the bigger the problem. This still does not justify restricting the rights and freedoms
of the masses to prevent such a crime.
It is always tragic to see events like that of the Jared Loughner case. But shouldn't the focus be on how the American medical system failed in his
treatment and monitoring rather than the weapon he used?
My partner and I were once attacked in our own home by a paranoid schizophrenic in our building who had been off his medication for weeks. He had been
arrested several times in a month for destroying his own home and threatening neighbors. He was released every time without any further action.
He was smashing down our door when the police arrived. He'd lacerated his legs and arms by smashing through wired glass to get through our outer
door, and there was blood everywhere.
It was only after he was forcibly removed that they found a ten inch carving knife on him.
Strangely, it took this for him to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
My point is that a mentally ill person will use any weapon they have available. If guns were not available throughout America, they would use knives.
If knives were not available, they would use clubs and bats. If those were not available, they would use their feet and fists.
A mentally ill person in such a psychological state is easily able to do a lot of damage using just their hands.
The actions of the individual and how the individual was failed by the system are what needs to be discussed here, not the methods they used to attack