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Controlling Guns in the USA. Is it Possible if not What is the Solution?

Updated on December 29, 2017

Guns and family life

There have been widespread killings in America with guns. Schools and universities have been targeted and the death toll has mounted. There is a call to have some form of gun control and if necessary modify the second amendment. President Obama has repeatedly announced that he favors some form of gun control and as a start would like to ban the assault and self-loading rifles.

Core Issue

The issue is not so simple in America which is a democracy. A look around will show that the only place where a gun control is effective is in a totalitarian state or dictatorship. An example that comes to mind immediately is China a one-party state, tolerating no dissent. It has enforced strict gun ownership laws with the result that even owning an air gun is not possible. This is done by completely banning weapons and regulating the everyday life of the citizens. There is no democracy in China and any infringement of the government laws means a strict punishment and hard labor in a concentration camp.

Such a scenario cannot be enforced in a democracy and for that matter in the USA. Another example will show how difficult it is to control guns. Take a look at India the world’s largest democracy. There is a gun law (Arms act 1959) which makes it difficult to get an arms license. But is it effective? No, for there are over 40 million unlicensed guns floating around in India, the largest number in the world.

Democracy and Guns

The point that must be understood is that guns cannot be banned in a democracy. Even if banned the rights of the citizens cannot be infringed, thus enforcing a ban is well-nigh impossible. One can try and restrict and regulate the firearms, but the loopholes in a democracy are so many that hundreds of thousands of guns will still escape the law. The second amendment probably recognized this and allowed all citizens to own guns as a matter of right. Probably if there was the 2nd amendment, the situation would have been a lot different.

But the reality is that the second amendment is very much there and can never be repealed. Another harsh fact is that millions of guns are in the USA and stacked away. It is like the genie that has escaped the bottle never to go back. One shudders as to what any enforcement agency will do with the millions of guns floating all over the country. Any law not backed by a dictatorship of the type led by Mao or Hitler cannot enforce any gun control in the USA or for that matter in a democracy.

The question which Americans must ask is what do they wish for democracy to be replaced by a totalitarian state like in China, where owning a simple airgun can send you to prison. Many gun control enthusiasts are not taking the ground reality into consideration. It must be understood that per se guns are not bad. They form an excellent second line of defense. But the spillover of killings and shootings will take place. But we must see this also in perspective. After all, only 0.1% of the guns are used in crimes.


What is the solution? I do not see any at the moment. People are forgetting that the US society is sick with a high divorce rate and break up of family life. This is the problems and not guns. America must address this problem and the use of guns for mass killings will go away.


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    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      You are right Au fait and I agree with you.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      One could say these same things about crime or fire. Why bother having a police department when it is impossible to prevent crime no matter how strict the laws? Why bother with a fire department when it is impossible to prevent fires? Both of these institutions are extreme failures in that after hundreds of years of attempting to end or limit crime and fire, we have more of these things than ever.

      While we may not be able to control gun use 100% we need to try and do the best we can. Imagine if in fact there were no police or fire departments? Things would be even worse than they are.

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      Margaret Davis 4 years ago from North Augusta, SC

      Thank you ericdierker.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mr. Singh is a very bright and knowledgeable man. His more's are from a different place and it is good to hear his wisdom. We should take what we can from his perspective and enlighten our discourse.

      Trouble is that he starts out with the political Hollywood sound bite of "gun control" which makes knowledgeable people cringe. Try to get by that.

      For one human to call another sick, when they hold no medical license, is them pointing the finger with four pointed back at them.

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      You should read the article, again. It laments the fact that the 2nd Amendment ever existed.

      You must be one of the sick people the author was talking about... probably the product of divorce, as he says. My guess is the public school system plays a role, too.

      You have no respect for others. I'm sure someone will teach you a good lesson one day soon.

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      Margaret Davis 4 years ago from North Augusta, SC

      Actually I do not owe you an appology Witchy, considering the article is about how hard it would be to control guns in the US, therefore it is not the solution. If people want to stop crime, gun regulations are not the answer. That is what they are clearly saying. They are not wanting to get rid of the second amendment.

      And honestly, so what if they happen to not be from America? Does that mean they still cannot see what is going on? Does that mean they cannot watch the news? Them writing about America's situation is no different then Americans writing about situations in Iraq, Afghanistan, France, or anywhere in the country. It is no different than a person who writes about the history and events they weren't even alive to see. Not all people are as blind and ignorant as you.

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere


      Did you read the article? Apparently not. The person who wrote it wants to get rid of the 2nd Amendment and is saying all kinds of untrue and disgusting things about the laws and people in this country - although, he obviously is not even from here.

      You really should apologize to me for the disgusting, intolerant, bigoted, hateful things you said, but you probably won't.

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      MG Singh 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you magschemical for your comment.

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      Margaret Davis 4 years ago from North Augusta, SC

      Excuse me, but you call yourself a "witch" and yet you have the audacity to call someone "sick" because they believe in the US keeping it's 2nd amendment? Honestly, you also make no sense in that you justify women having a self defense weapon after being beaten, and yet it's wrong for this writer to think ALL american's should have them? America is shit, I know, I live here. You're lying to yourself if you think there isn't a huge amount of killing in NY where you LIVE. NY has one of the HIGHEST crime rates. Why? Because the criminals get the guns and the innocent don't. I think you, ms "Witch" should really check your facts and read the article before you become a hypocritical bitch.

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      OldWitchcraft 4 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Whoah! First line:

      "There have been widespread killings in America with guns." This is not true. It's certainly not true anywhere near where I live.

      Then, there's this: "The issue is not so simple in America which is a democracy." This is not true. The United States of America is a Republic and is not and has never been a democracy. In a democracy, you can take away the guns.

      And what is this? "People are forgetting that the US society is sick with a high divorce rate and break up of family life." Sick? I think you're sick - you want to subject innocent people to criminals. And, "divorce" - well, when men beat and rape their wives here, the wives get a divorce, an exparte and when necessary a self-defense weapon. How is that any of your business?

      Why do you care what happens in "America"- a term by the way that is never used by people who live here, which means you're not from here. You're sick...

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      Margaret Davis 4 years ago from North Augusta, SC

      I'm so glad someone is taking the time to write about this. I agree that guns are not the problem anymore than a car is to blame for a drunk driver crashing into or killing someone. I personally don't think a national gun ban or gun regulation will be set into place. I live in South Carolina (where we love our guns) and there are even cops and other state officials who are outright saying they refuse to enforce any gun regulations. I think every house is safer with a gun inside of it. Just because they regulate the guns, doesn't mean they'll go away, it only means they will become a prime target for criminals to get their hands on, and when they do, how will we defend ourselves?