Since the Sandy Hook massacre the forums have exploded with the debate on Gun Control in the US and in other parts of the world. Generally I have
noticed foreigners from the UK, Canada, and Australia attacking the US policies on gun control. Blaming our lack of gun control for the atrocity.
Likewise my fellow countrymen have fought back arguing that society is more to blame and what not. So in this thread I am going to look closer at Gun
laws across the world, and see if Gun Control really is the answer.
First off a comparison of Guns Per Capita with Gun Violence to the rest of the world:
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I couldn't post the images in my thread but in the graphs you will find that the US is the highest in Guns per Capita in the world. Which is no
surprise really. You will also find that the US is not the highest in Gun Violence but is relatively average. In fact South Africa beats the US in
this category, a place I thought was relatively civilized. And of course Mexico beats the US.
People from Europe, especially the UK have been criticizing our gun laws, saying they are not strict enough and that's what causes this problem in
the US. Well I have news for our friends in Europe, our Gun laws vary by state and Connecticut along with most of the East Coast is the strictest.
Conneticuit Gun Laws
"In general, the laws here are pretty strict, and they're working," said Bob Crook, executive director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen.
"But I don't know of any law that would prevent someone like at Columbine or at Aurora or here in Connecticut from committing these offenses which
are clearly psychologically based." Read more: Connecticut gun laws among the toughest in the U.S. - The Denver Post
In fact in Connecticut you must have a permit to own a handgun not much unlike gun laws in parts of Europe including the UK. Also lets not forget
that Europe is not without it's atrocities as well.
When I was looking at the UK gun laws I found several things that interested me. Number one being that the reason you have strict gun laws is due to
2 massacres in the late 80s and mid 90's. The most horrific being the Dublane Massacre in 1996, where a 43 y.o. man killed a teacher and 16 kids who
were mostly kindergarten aged. Also I found another one where a 52 yo man killed 12 people in 2010. The natural response to these massacres have
been gun laws.
UK Gun Laws
Also lets not forget the Norway Massacre in 2011. Norway is supposed to be one of the least violent and best places to live in the world. They also
fairly strict on their Gun laws, but not as much as the UK.
Finally my last bit of research regards Switzerland. Switzerland's guns per capita is the highest in Europe, and every male between 18-30 has to do
3 months military training. Switzerland's gun violence rate is extremely low as well. This country proves that Gun Control isn't always the
answer, but education and training are also important.
Although I must point out that the US is much larger than any country in Europe. We have 300 Million citizens and a land mass that touches two
My point with this thread is that Gun Control sometimes works but shouldn't be the answer we flock too after these crimes. I must apologize that I
kind of picked on the UK but what I wanted to prove is that these things happen everywhere, regardless of your laws. Massacre's will happen, if
someone can't do it with a gun they will do it with fire, bows, knives, their hands. Is the US perfect? No. Can we improve gun regulation? Sure,
especially to those with mental health problems.
I also believe that Europeans often view America as gun totting war mongers. The truth is far from it. You never see a person walking around town
with a gun, if you do they are probably trying to sell it to a pawn shop. Most people I know don't even own guns. I own a few, but mine are all
rifles that I used to use for shooting competitions.
Basically the truth is that if people want to inflict harm on others, they will find a way. Don't disarm the good people just because a few nuts
can't control themselves.