reply to post by Zcustosmorum
La Pierre? I saw that press conference on BBC news earlier on today. You are right of course, he spouted an awful lot of bloody nonsense about
computer games, and the media and movies and so on. He was also interupted by a different type of ignorant oaf with a sign saying "NRA KILLING OUR
KIDS" in white, on a red background, who was manhandled from the room.
First, Lanza was not a member of the NRA, so that argument is sort of a failiure right from the begining. But the key thing is that in all the
passion of the protestor, and all the put on, play to the camera fustration of La Pierre, both have utterly missed the real issue in the USA right
now. From an objective, outsiders perspective, it seems to me that America is incapable of realising that these shootings shouldnt be happening even
if everyone from the age of eighteen to eighty is packing, twenty four seven.
The reason that these terrifying things are happening, and in such massive profusion at the moment, is that America has had successive governments
which have refused to account for the growing number of psychologically damaged persons who are walking about the place. Even if the USA contained not
one single, legally owned firearm, the disturbed and dangerous amongst the population would still manage to either get hold of a gun, or figure out
some way of causing massive damage to numerous people.
My own nation has had some bloody terrible moments, which could and should have been prevented by better management of the mentaly ill, and the
challenge to public saftey that some sufferers of mental malady represent. However, most of those did not involve firearms. There have been child
molestations, fatal hammer attacks, women who have murdered thier children, men who have murdered thier whole families, and they managed these things
without firearms. The outcry when these things happen, and could be avoided, is the same no matter what methods are used by the perpetrators of these
crimes. Wether they set fires, dominate thier prey sexually, wether they use hammers, knives, fists, poisons, or any other method, it is not the
weapon, but the illness that causes the user to be dangerous, that cause the problem.
Firearms as part of organised crime, are like cheese as part of a ploughmans lunch, so thats always going to be a problem in ANY nation. But if the
problem is that people keep shooting places up for no good reason, America is going to have to wake up to the ugly truth, that it is the people
walking around with a head full of sickness without being either assisted or removed from society, who are doing the killing.
Now, people say that firearms and the right to bear them is essential for home defense. I would argue that a blade of approximately the distance
between your elbow and your fist would be a better home defense weapon. For a start, a gun can launch a round through a wall or door. That means that
collateral damage is always a concern, in a way that will never be the case with a well swung blade. Also, unlike the firearm, the ability to weild a
blade effectively is something that requires fitness and training, which, if taken up to the same degree as range time is in the US, would improve the
fitness of the population by hundreds of times. Furthermore, the distances that are involved in defense of an average home, are many times less than
the optimum effective range of even the most pathetic pistol, and SO much smaller than the effective range of a rifle, that the argument for thier use
in this scenario is utterly without merit.
But... I am not suggesting that people swap thier guns for a mans weapon. I think if your consitution contains a right, it should be upheld. But I
think that if the USA wants to keep its guns, then it must prevent the mentally ill from getting hold of them. I think that it ought to be illegal for
any householder to have gun ownership, unless they install measures to prevent mentally unstable people from laying hands on the firearms they have.
Biometric locks, retinal scanner based locks, sixteen digit codes, voice print locks ... all of them could be used to keep dangerous gear out of the
hands of loonies.