posted on Jul, 27 2012 @ 07:56 PM
Another pro/anti gun thread? Talk about beating a dead horse :/ All I'm seeing is a debate that keeps going around in circles.. the OP is forcing
people to select between two answers, one of which would make you sound pro-gun and support the OPs opinion, and the other makes you sound like a
People 'snap' all the time. Sometimes it's without warning, If everyone has a gun, then you have more chance of people getting killed when someone
"snaps" vs gun control where someone snaps and have to either use their fists, or a knife, batton etc.
My arguments for gun control are -
1) To kill with a knife, it's personal. You need to touch the person which makes them "real". With a gun you can kill from a distance which helps
to "de-humanize" the victim in the shooters eyes (ie: makes it easier to kill someone).
2) Even with the sharpest, most bad arse knife ever made you're severely limited to the number of casualties you can create due to the fact you have
to either a) Throw the knife, then run over and retrieve it or b) Physically run up to the person.
3) If you're lucky you'll strike a major artery and kill the person, but you're far more likely to cause a severe but survivable wound. Compare to
any decent caliber weapon where basically, you hit the head, chest, lungs...there's a more than fair chance that person is dead due to bullet
fragmentation causing a much more traumatic injury.
4) Throwing a knife and retrieving it/Walking upto the target and stabbing them takes time...time that others have to run away, grab a broom/something
longer than the attacker knife reach to defend themselves, take the attacker down and for SWAT/Police to turn up. Compare to a gun where the only time
"wasted" by the shooter is when they have to reload.
5) Guns can shoot through car windows, car doors, timber doors, couches, pot plants...typical things people would try to hide behind to protect
themselves. When was the last time you saw a knife kill someone by being thrown/stabbed through a glass window?
6) With a close combat weapon like a knife, it takes time to focus on your next target and position yourself to attack them. Compare to a gun where
you can kill someone across the room, then the person next to you, then the person riding past on their bike, all without having to move or leave
7) One handgun in each hand and you double your firepower and potential hit-rate. One knife in each hand and you... still take the same amount of time
to find the next target. The only advantage is now you can stab each target twice as fast (theoretically). End result? You can kill ALOT more people,
alot quicker with a gun than you can with a knife...and let's face facts here, in most massacres the guns used where legally obtained.
8) Countless stories of people shooting their brother/wife/husband/sister because they panicked and thought the person was an intruder. With a knife
they may have caused severe injury but there's a much greater chance that the victim would survive.
9) Countries with high rates of gun ownership also lead the pack in highest rate of gun-related deaths....
I'm sure I could come up with a host of other arguments to support gun control but those are the first ones that come to mind.
In reference to the recent cinema shooting, the movie was playing which means the room was dark. In this situation having a gun in your possession
would not have provided an obvious benefit. A responsible gun owner would know that they only had a relatively small chance of actually hitting the
right person without hitting an innocent cinema goer...also, most people when in extreme situations tend to panic and either freeze or think
irrationally (ie: shoot in general direction and hope you hit the target). When you go into survival mode, all you really think about is "how can I
protect myself". You stop thinking about how your actions would affect those around you...it becomes irrelevant.
Like I stated in the other thread, yes the US has the 2nd ammendment, but times change, people change, society changes and sometimes you have to face
a hard truth that maybe some of your laws and protected rights have become archaic or no longer relevant. The stuck-in-the-mud "it's been like this
for generations and I refuse to accept change even though there's an obvious problem" attitude is a guaranteed road to ruin...