posted on Dec, 24 2012 @ 06:30 PM
reply to post by michael1983l
I'd like to live in a "Star Trek" like world where everyone's basic needs are met. A world where crime, pollution, greed and selfishness are
Personally, I find handguns more dangerous than a semi-automatic AR-15. A friend of mine recently purchased a Bushmaster prior to the Sandy Hook
tragedy specifically for hunting caribou. He told me that his father's .338 (or .308) simply was to powerful and heavy. The AR-15 was much lighter
and easier for him to operate. I hope he bags his limit and makes wonderful sausages to share!
Guns make it less "personal" to kill someone. Some might argue that because it's less personal, it's easier. I suppose I can understand that
viewpoint. Having said that, however, I think it would take a much more mentally ill personal to commit the kinds of acts we've seen on the same
scale with a sword or large knife.
I'm worried that if guns are outlawed, the acts of violence we see will be more brutal and barabric in nature. People with mental issues are always
going to snap unless watched over and treated. The method of how they carry out their rampage depends upon the kind of instrument they are able to
With regards to Sandy Hook, the man in question didn't purchase the weapons -- he stole them. People with mental health issues can always steal or
buy guns from criminals. I'm sure the same could be said for your country. Outlawing guns for responsible people won't make it any harder for these
people to obtain firearms.
I've checked my state laws reguarding the purchase of a new firearm. It's quite stringent. The laws surrounding the ownership also surprised me.
People that try to commit suicide are currently prevented from legally purchasing a firearm for at least 5 years, and anyone that has been
institutionalized cannot obtain them either. If you are found to be intoxicated with any legal or illegal substance in possesion of a firearm, that is
also a criminal offense.
The problem is -- we don't have places to commit these people. My city has ONE in-patient facility that doesn't keep their patients for very long.
They simply do not have enough beds. The waiting list is also weeks and weeks long. I don't want to go back to draconian mental wards with sub-human
treatment and experimentation, but I do think we need to have a secure place where the mentally ill can live their lives free from the opportunity of