I know better, but... Lets assume for a moment that your statistics are correct. Are you taking into account societal differences? For instance Switzerland should be included in this discussion. They have almost universal. gun possession. Every citizen is a member of the armed forces and is required to have a weapon in the home. Their crime rate is much lower than ours.
Lahti: I understand your frustration behind two unrelated stories being presented as intricately connected. The numbers I presented ARE correct, and tell the truth: If you have fewer guns around, you have less gun related homicide.
I'll make an addition if i may: If you have fewer ILLEGAL guns around you have less gun related homicide.The problem has never been dads old shotgun or rifle he spent 30 years hunting with, its the $75 hot pistol bought under the radar in a back alley with the serial numbers filed off. Find a way to get rid of those and you've got something there. Its a shame that all the legislation in the world never seems to get those off the streets.For the record: I do not carry a loaded gun and do not keep a loaded gun in the house.
This discussion made me think of this Onion classic:http://www.theonion.com/articles/tornado-violence-are-tornadic-images-in-the-media,730/For the record, I don't think of this as a black and white, all or nothing issue. I don't own a gun, but enjoy shooting them and don't have a problem with others having guns. That said, I think there can be reasonable restrictions to gun ownership just like there are restrictions on other dangerous things like driving automobiles. Do I think very gun law out there makes sense? Not at all. I'm sure some are asinine. At the other end of the spectrum, I don't buy the notion that everybody walking around armed to the teeth makes us safer. I know some of you think there is no in between on this issue. That's ok - you can think what you want and I'll think what I want (of course I'm right though ). Does all that make me a "socialist queer"? Eamon
Does all that make me a "socialist queer"? Eamon
Excellent "food" papa! - And quite the "real world" examples as well. A man couldn't hardly argue with that.