I think its amazing that people can subscribe to the idea that once everyone has guns that all our crime problems will be solved, and we'll all be safe. Sure lets go ahead and give everyone a gun, because the average American with his average intelligence is surely bound to make only intelligent decisions with a fatal weapon. Hey why don't we make sure he can unload 30 rounds in 2 seconds, besides the more powerful the gun the safer everyone is right?
In england firearms are severely restricted, the police don't even carry them, yet there were only 3 police deaths from firearms in the last 11 years there, which disproves the whole we need guns to protect ourselves from other people with guns. The UK has .04 gun related homicides per 100,000 people, approximately 50x less than the US. The idea that more guns on the street keep us safe is simply ignorant and dangerous.
Gun regulation needs to crack down everywhere, most guns that get onto the street here are bought in states with lax gun laws and then sold in states with heavy laws for a profit. It all needs to stop, I'd rather give up my right to a gun then watch these mass killings keep happening.
Gun homicides may be low in England, but the UK has for decades had a huge problem with knife crime. In fact it is one of the worst places in the developed world for knife violence.
So your implication that reducing the availability of guns reduces violence is simply false. It reduces gun violence, but it does nothing to reduce violence overall. I wonder how many English policeman have died from stab wounds?
So since gun control does not reduce violence, why should we adopt such policies when they have such glaring downsides, such as leaving the population at the mercy of their country's armed forces?
Consider Switzerland, which has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. Most men undergo compulsory service in the national militia, and keep their issued assault rifle in their homes as part of their military obligations.
It's murders per 100,000 rate is almost half that of the UK. Crimes such as home invasions are almost nonexistent there. Clearly, high rates of gun ownership do not necessarily lead to high rates of violence or other crimes.
Your first paragraph is somewhat disturbing, you seem to believe that government's and police forces that have been proven corrupt are more trustworthy than the average man. Personally, I'd rather not place my life and liberty in the hands of these corrupt entities. One only has to look at world history to see the inadvisability of placing complete and total faith in your government, which is what you are doing if you allow them sole possession of firearms.
Edited by BlazedGlory, 22 December 2012 - 04:44 PM.