I'm not giving up any rights. Regulations will not fix the problems. Mexico has strict gun laws and high gun violence. Switzerland has loose gun laws and low violence.
"Switzerland trails behind only the U.S, Yemen and Serbia in the number of guns per capita; between 2.3 million and 4.5 million military and private firearms are estimated to be in circulation in a country of only 8 million people. Yet, despite the prevalence of guns, the violent-crime rate is low: government figures show about 0.5 gun homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 2010. By comparison, the U.S rate in the same year was about 5 firearm killings per 100,000 people, according to a 2011 U.N. report."
Restrictive laws are not the answer. Putting laws in place will not change anything. In the recent past, most of the gun violence that has taken place, was not carried out with "legally" acquired firearms. Take away the tool to commit the violence and they will find another way. Timothy McVeigh carried out one of the most lethal acts of domestic terrorism using all legal substances. We can't mitigate all violence. It's just the sad fact. We can concentrate on mental health education and looking for cries for help and warning signs in our own children, our families, and co-workers. We need to take an active effort in our own communities and not place all of our hopes on laws and regulations to fix the problem.
*steps off soap box....
Sorry for venting.
That's a good question. I wish I had the answer to it. My thoughts are that if we lived more pro-actively and less reactively it would help the problem. Every regulation and civil right infringement is a knee-jerk reaction to what is happening around us, with no effective results. We need looser more organic government that speaks to the actual needs of the people not the cries from a few radicals. OUr borders may be in some danger, but they way they go about regulating it is a joke. They have never caught an active terrorist with the new higher security measures in the airport. Interesting story out of Israel on changing security measures using psychological profiling rather than restrictive regulations.
Thank you for pointing out that USA has 3 times more guns per person than Switzerland (or any other developed country) and 10 times the firearms killing rate. Which says more guns, more killings. Now, how you guys can use these numbers and argue the very opposite, is beyond me.
In USA there is the highest accessibility to guns than any other country, and the highest gun violence in developed countries. No need to over-think it, but to look around at other countries a little bit.
And to ask why it is so important that any random weirdo has the right walk in the mall with a concealed war gun that he bought with no background check in a gun show.
According to a 2007 study that the USA (ranked #1) has 88 guns per 100 people and Switzerland (ranked #4) has 45 guns per 100 people. Double, but not triple.
The right to bear arms was put in place to protect and empower the people. A right which must be taken seriously:
• enabling the people to organize a militia system.
• participating in law enforcement;
• deterring tyrannical government
• repelling invasion
• facilitating a natural right of self-defense
With these rights we do have a responsibility to permit and track gun sales. But, the talk of banning and limiting guns will only increase the black market and then increase criminal activity and more violence. Remember prohibition?
The guns in this case are not the problem. Only the tool. People are the problem. I believe in obtaining proper permits and gun education. We have and should reserve the right to bear arms. We need to check the source of the violence to create real change. Are we going to ban fertilizerbecause it can and has beenused it to make bombs? Ban white vans that can be used to kidnap? It's a slippery slope. Where does it end?
The difference is that fertilizer and white vans have uses other than killing the maximum of people in the minimum time. Assault weapons don't.
I am not sure how this government with the most powerful army in the world, who is already using drones inside US, is deterred by people owning guns.
Permit and track guns sells would be good. Maybe people that live in very remote areas, with wild animals around - I mean maybe some people have a good reason to have a gun. Then they should provide a good reason and they should be particularly monitored. They should give back some privacy in exchange for this right. "Sport" shooters should leave their weapons on site, no need to bring it back home. I am not advocating a total ban, although I wouldn't mind it.
err. you can pry my rights from my cold dead hands ... - average american...
what rights are we talking about?.
NOT happening here either.
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
“The Constitution shall never be construed... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”
Samuel Adams quotes
NOT ON MY WATCH SIR.
Because lots of people dont know their rights
Yeah most believe everything the goverment says.
Don't include me in that. We aren't safe and secure at all. 8-/
What rights? Since when has anybody wanted to give up their rights? I don't understand the premise of your question.
I have. But if you are too inarticulate to identify which of a citizen's numerous rights you are alluding to, then I am not going to expend time trying to guess.
HERE'S ONE FUQING AMERICAN WHO WANTS HER RIGHTS. KILL SOCIALISM AND COMMUNISM.
They have sold their souls, for government freebies, that have to be paid for, by someone else. They are collectively too ignorant to know any better. All the great examples, of past and present, are lost on them.
Reminds me of the bush days when people accepted phone surveillance
It's the media ,Putting suff on the news running it day after day . More people are killed by hammers than a assault rifle . Why not ban hammers . And wile we are at it we see plains crash on the news all the time we should pass laws against air travel to keep people safe