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In the light of so many massacres in America involving Guns would you consider m

  1. safiq ali patel profile image73
    safiq ali patelposted 5 years ago

    In the light of so many massacres in America involving Guns would you consider making guns illegal?

    Over the past decade there have been a huge number of killings and deaths from people going on the rampage in the United States with Guns. In the light of there being so many killings for so long would you consider making the possession and use of Guns illegal in the United States. Please give me your answer....

  2. LandmarkWealth profile image78
    LandmarkWealthposted 5 years ago

    Actually you're factually incorrect.  Overall this type of violence is way down.  And No we should not ban the pocession of guns for the reasons already illustrated in your last question.  The use of Guns is already illegal if used to harm another individual in a malicious manner not consistent with self defense.  Perhaps we should ban Alchohol since there are just as many DUI deaths annually as there are gun related homicides each year.  Drugs and prostitution are dangerous and a health risk.  Clearly we need to ban those as well, than it will stop. Ohh...we already did...Sorry.    You can't legislate away morals or evil activity.  You can only react to it as it happens and try educate young people about the dangers they may face when they engage in risky behavior.   A gun is an inanimate object.  It is the person behind it that is dangerous.  Not unlike a car, knife, or a truck load of fertilizer in the hands of a guy like Tim McVeigh.

    1. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LandmarkWealth on this subject I can not agree with your comments. 22 people have died in this latest shooting and I am sure the next shooting of this type in the United States is not so far off. Shootings happen too often.

    2. LandmarkWealth profile image78
      LandmarkWealthposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Any shooting is too often.  But the overal incidence of violent crime is actually down.  Read for yourself...http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/11/us-usa-crime-stats-idUSBRE85A1JZ20120611

    3. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LandmarkWealth The number of incidents comming down is little comfort the those who have lost their lives. I am still finding it hard to comprehend your resistance to change.

    4. LandmarkWealth profile image78
      LandmarkWealthposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      View your last question for the answer.  The history of the world that his disarmed it's citizens is far more violent. The founders wrote this into our documents to protect us from the tyranny they lived through.

    5. grumpiornot profile image83
      grumpiornotposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Absolutely @land - it is not about the guns, but people. Society is living through an incredibly challenging time in terms of economics and politics, more global citizens than ever before and many other challenges. You can't blame all firearm owners.

    6. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LandmarkWealth. yes the history of the world that has no arms is more violent. Europe and the middle east have anti gun laws but the trade and use of fire arms there illegally is huge.

    7. LandmarkWealth profile image78
      LandmarkWealthposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Then that proves that the laws are pointless.  So why bother wasting taxpayer dollars to pass a law that is uneforeable against those who are ill willed and will only be abided by people who want to protect their freedom.

    8. bn9900 profile image77
      bn9900posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Safiq-But how can you argue that a gun kills people by itself. No some one is responsible for pulling the trigger.

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    Justsilvieposted 5 years ago

    I do not like guns would love to see a planet without any and would suggest bows and arrows to those who like to hunt for sport. I am neither paranoid, nor afraid of my neighbors or government so I could easily image life without a gun. We do have one and it is locked somewhere in our Attic and has not been touched in years, since my husband found no sport in killing animals unless they are attacking.

    Logic tells me ridding this country of guns is not doable. I do however think we need MUCH stricter controls and some weapons and ammo should not be available to anyone accept the military or police.

    This is really a complex issue, with so many variables it is hard know where to start, but taking Assault Weapons of the Shelf and even out of people’s homes would get my vote. Not willing to see another child die because some adults think their toys are more important than anyone else.

    1. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Justsilve your answer is spectacular. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I hear some wisdom and sense in your response. God Bless from safiq.

  4. adjkp25 profile image90
    adjkp25posted 5 years ago

    I don't think you can make all guns illegal because too many of them are being used as they were designed like hunting.

    I'm not a big gun person but I don't understand the need for the semi automatic rifles available that have large magazines holding a few dozen rounds in them.  These weapons are not meant for hunting or protection, they are designed to kill.

    We have a ton of guns in the USA so violence with them is a given but people do use their guns as intended.  It would be unfair to punish them for the few nuts who commit crimes with guns.

    1. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you adjkp25 for your comment here.

  5. grumpiornot profile image83
    grumpiornotposted 5 years ago

    I do not live in the United States and can tell you that the killings there are not unique. Any assumption that more rampages happen in the States than elsewhere are misguided and disingenuous.

    Check out the number of lunatics we have on the rampage in South Africa - you can find it on any search engine.

    1. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes very true. But the United States is built on the values of peace. Each time I hear of shooting in schools in the US I can not help but feel that something needs to be done because these rampages with bullets should NEVER happen. Not in the US.

    2. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes but South Africa is an emerging country that is yet to define itself legally. The United States is an evolved democracy and is meant to be a peace loving country. That peace is broken too often by the sound of guns. Africa is in civil war.

  6. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 5 years ago

    No, I would not consider it. We have not outlawed cars because of drunk driving. We have, however, outlawed drugs but that hasn't stopped people from getting and abusing them. 

    The guns or rifles that are killing people are just a small component of an even larger problem and there is no simple answer.

    1. safiq ali patel profile image73
      safiq ali patelposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Perhaps American authorities need to devise a program of massacre prevention that does not mean banning guns but rather treats those who are likely to misuse guns by going on the rampage....You are right it is a large or complexed problem.

    2. Jaggedfrost profile image79
      Jaggedfrostposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The Funny thing about cars or guns is that at roughly the same time as the shootings in Connecticut there was another event in China of similar proportions that was accomplished with a knives.

    3. profile image0
      Justsilvieposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      The children in China survived! Ours are being buried as we type! Bad Argument! Also, if we had as much of a control on gun owners as we do drivers that would be a start. Drugs abuse falls under health care, one of our week points!

    4. LandmarkWealth profile image78
      LandmarkWealthposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      correlation is not always causation.  Every male over the age of majority in Sweden is required to have a REAL Military rilfle in their home.  Yet their murder rate is lower than the US.

  7. BuffyGirl profile image78
    BuffyGirlposted 5 years ago

    Massacres committed by deranged individuals are isolated incidents. The problem I've seen in the past few massacres is that people who pose a risk having contact with guns are getting them legally way too easily or have easy access to someone else's. Proper screening of prospective gun buyers which includes who they have in their homes is one step in the right direction.  Proper training on how to safely store weapons away from people with psychological problems is needed.  Much more quality help for those suffering psychologically is needed and definitely more follow-up.  Since these types of massacres are so many times unpredictable there does need to be more security in schools and all public places.  And much more monitoring of the parking lots and other surrounding areas would help.

    Making guns illegal for responsible gun owners who want to protect themselves in a country where crime rises as the economy drops is not the answer.  America needs to return to the values the country was founded on.  Hollywood could help.  Game makers could help.  Musicians could help.  This is where "it takes a village" could change a nation, with effort from everyone.  But will they answer the call to help? 

    America has become divided at the hands of our own leaders.  We need peace and to be an example to other nations.  Did anyone watch the memorial service in Newtown that President Obama attended?  The interfaith service was beautiful ....everyone respecting offers of prayers from different faiths. I know I'm getting off on something else, but I envision an America that's no longer divided but everyone of all faiths and persuasions are united in a single effort to change the moral fabric of our nation before it's too late and we destroy our nation from within (although some would like that to happen).  Wake up, America!  Wake up out of your complacency!   There are new songs to write, new movies to make, new games to develop....we can shape our nation in a positive way if any will only answer the call.

  8. gios the martian profile image73
    gios the martianposted 5 years ago

    Definately, however its part of the american culture and they also generate alot of money for the government there

  9. Lee Tea profile image90
    Lee Teaposted 5 years ago

    The debate shouldn't be over who can and can't have a gun, or what other people are or aren't allowed to do. The tragedies that lead to these discussions are symptoms. The underlying issue at heart is people killing people. The solution is to stop killing people. Everybody, from the government down. Because until it is unacceptable for anyone, including our government and military, to kill another person, it will exist in our society.

    How can one allow for the murder of some but not others, morally speaking? Somewhere in every American's psyche is a situation, a justification, that allows for the killing of another person like 9/11, Hussein, Bin Laden, etc - when we as a nation heard of their executions and murders, we as a nation cheered and felt relief. Over murder.  This extends through our whole history as a nation, from the Revolutionary War for our freedom and beyond.  We're a nation born from and built on fighting for our rights. Understand that is a fundamental problem in our collective logic.  If we do not want murder to happen in any capacity, it needs to be corrected at this level if it is to be prevented at the most unfathomable.  If we want to help better the situation at home, we have to put a foot down and say "we allow for this no more", period.  Not sometimes, not in some circumstances, but never ever again.

  10. bn9900 profile image77
    bn9900posted 4 years ago

    No, taking a freedom away from some one is not right, freedoms are rights in this country, and you better not intend to take my right or the right of any lawful American just because the crazies are doing the killing, What needs to be done is a more through back ground check and if anyone sounds a little wacky they should be evaluated on a monthly basis...

 
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