posted on Sep, 23 2013 @ 03:24 AM
I can not get why many people believe more guns would prevent crimes...
Based on such belief, Europe would be crime-infested criminal paradise, yet the fact that every European country has far lower amount of firearms in
the hands of citizens only leads to far lower crime, especially gun-related violence rates. How is it possible?
Many like to bring up the argument about being able to stop mentally ill psychos from mass-murders. When somebody snaps, at least he gets shot fast,
so he does not have time to make lots of damage a´la lower kill rate.
Although there is one large problem there. People still die. The criminal, possibly couple of bystanders, but not as many as would have before. But
every death counts. It does not matter, whether he killed one or ten people. Nobody should die. Violence only creates violence.
If everybody had a firearm, when a person snaps, it would nearly always lead at least a couple of deaths, which is unacceptable. Even the criminals
themselves do not deserve death. Looking from a psychological perspective, their behaviour is nearly uncontrollable and what is worst, such thing
could happen to any of us.
Mental breakdowns lead to on-the-spot decisions, which might have strong consequences.
The more people have firearms, the higher the chance that somebody might lose their nerve and easy access to firearms might lead to at least a few
If somebody has an obsession, they usually get what they want after long-term preparation. It is nearly impossible to stop Breivik-style
mass-murderers, although worse access to firearms would prevent the on-the-spot decision takers, who have lost their nerve. Even currently there are
more than plenty of situations, where a guy finds his wife in bed with her mistress and shoots them both, a situation where there is a friction in the
bar and some guy loses it, - at the end there are countless situation which might lead to such blind rage. These are anger issues and on-the-spot
decisions : if these people had more time to think, they would not kill, but as the gun is in their pocket, they make a fast decision in blind
Too many firearms would also create lots of murders by the trigger-happy "good" guys. There would be too many people killed because they seemed
suspicious or the killer "felt" threatened. This is simply absurd...
I agree that currently the US gun policies do not work very well, although it is not because such laws do not work at all, but because they are
implemented seriously incorrectly and I would not be surprised if actually there lied a conspiracy behind such implementation run by the arms
companies lobby in order to "prove" their points. At the end they are the ones earning the most from the mass-murders and showing the "statistics"
about the wrongly implemented policies to prove their point... What this leads to - sales and stocks skyrocket.
What US needs is a nation-wide gun policy, where access to guns would be the same in every state. Also the overall policies must be made stricter, not
the access itself, but the requirements of people getting the firearms, which must definetely cover mental health issues further from only being
institutionalised ( if only such condition exists, a person actually needing mental health treatment would avoid treatment in order to own a gun) - in
many countries a mental health worker has to provide the person a paper stating that he/she is mentally stable enough to own a firearm. Also the
requirement of safety training should definetely be added. These alone would reduce the gun violence significantly, while every mentally stable person
still has access to firearms if they want to.