posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 09:51 PM
Originally posted by Carreau
reply to post by MrInquisitive
Well OP you asked the question, what is your answer? How do you propose to take away 300 million firearms in the United States?
I didn't say take away guns from everybody, rather that they need to be taken away from a lot of people -- such as those who leave their guns sitting
around so a 3-year-old can get a hold of it. Clearly a dipstick who kills himself demonstrating how the safety on his gun works also shouldn't have
a gun; in his case, however, he took care of the problem himself. How should the country implement some kind of disarmament and better control and
regulation plan for the country, I don't know. My point is that this is such a big problem that something does need to be done besides leaving it at
the status quo.
As a personal anecdote, I attended a hunting fowl dinner one night and some of the hunters were giving their stories; it sounded like they all had
been hit by bird shot or knew one or more hunting biddies that have been hit. There was the case of intoxicated Dick Cheney shooting a hunting buddy
in the face with bird shot too. Clearly a lot of Americans cannot handle their weapons safely.
I'll just add in this post a reply to another commenter regarding the difference in murder rates between the US and the UK:
In the US – population 311.5 million (1) – there were an estimated 13,756 murders in 2009 (2), a rate of about 5.0 per 100,000 (3). Of these
9,203 were carried out with a firearm.
In the UK – population 56.1 million (4) – there were an estimated 550 murders in 2011-12 (5), a rate of about 1.4 per 100,000. Of these 39 were
carried out with a firearm (6).
The footnotes are provided in the link:
US and UK murder – rate and weapon
Note that these murder rates are not by gun alone, so they include all other weapons, yet the rate (per 100,000) for the US is about four times that
of the UK. Also note that although the US population is about 6 times larger than the UK's, its murder by firearm total is 236 times higher, which
equates to nearly 40 times more deaths by guns per capita in the US than in the UK.