At 4/26/12 10:38 PM, Jesse-Ray wrote:
That's the debate used by all NRA toting Americans. The fact is, in nations where it's difficult to get a gun (especially in residential areas), gun crime is virtually non-existent. When the founding fathers of the US made the right to bare arms, it was to fight of tyranny oppressing it's bill of rights.
The legality of getting a firearm has little to do with how readily available it is to access them, barring islands which would have an easier time preventing the importing. Look at Germany, not relaxed on gun control, yet still relatively high. Then we have opposite ends of the spectrum where gun ownership is high and homicides with them low.
I'm suggesting it's too easy to obtain guns in the US, hence the homicide rate. If you get caught with a gun in public in Australia, you face a 2 year gaol (proper spelling) sentence. Basically law enforcement in our country is the only thing armed like crazy and this transition happened very quickly after the Port MacQuarie massacre. The US could od it too.
The US could do it too? You obviously know very little about the US. Our country was basically built on the ability to own guns. We not only have the Tea Party esque folks who will never let people take them away, we also have the gang members who will never let them be taken away, the enthusiasts who will never let them be taken away, and we also have the people who don't want to restrict freedom who will never let them be taken away.