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pnp Post time: 2018-2-24 11:48
What's your problem? The best way to make a strong point for gun control is to compare the US sys ...
Since when is comparing two extremes the best way to make a strong point? It's actually one of the worst ways, because you are not taking the middle ground into consideration. Switzerland was indicated as an example in a previous post. That country is a good example of a middle ground. Every household is required to have a firearm, by law. Why? Because the citizens of Switzerland could be called at anytime to defend their country. It is also for this consideration that every citizen is trained in the proper use of a firearm, and every citizen is required to complete mandatory military service. Firearms are respected in Switzerland. They are also controlled by way of educating the people about the dangers of firearms, from a very young age.
The availability and ease of purchase are only a small part of the problem. Society, for the large part is largely to blame. We live in an era where guns are glorified. We have blockbuster movies based around gang warfare. We idolize people like Tupac, and the Mafia. We play video games which give you points for every person killed or maimed, and you have a large array of automatic and semi-automatic weapons in which to dispatch your enemies easier. We live and play in a world of fantasy, where the solution to all of life's problems are solved by way of firepower.
We also have am epidemic of mental illness. That does not mean that people are "retarded", it means that 85% of the population suffers from some form of mental illness. Mostly, depression. And, it goes undiagnosed. Most people that suffer from depression are unaware that they have the condition. Having depression does not mean you are sad all of the time. Depression is a common medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. It can cause sadness and/or a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can also cause feelings of being unwanted, or even feelings of suicide. If you are a young person, undergoing puberty, it can also create feelings that everyone is "out to get you", and the only way to solve the problem is to "get them before they get you". If you have a girlfriend, and she breaks up with you, the depressed party may feel that everyone is laughing at them, and this can launch feelings of retribution/revenge, as well as suicide.
When I was a kid, we all had gun-racks in our trucks, and rifles in those gun-racks. Why? Because we used to go hunting after school. We never had the urge, or the desire to use those guns for anything other than hunting. Now, if the police see a gun-rack outside of hunting season, your vehicle is pulled over, searched, and you are going to jail (in most places). There are actually two cities in the United States where it is the law that everyone must carry a sidearm. Those two towns have practically zero gun offences. Why?
Gun "control" is not the issue here. The issue is how do we convince a population that guns are not the answer to every problem.