A contrario a sick (Belgian) bastard murdered 2 cops and one bystander this week in liege. He attacked with a knife but inmates say now he had been trying to get his hands on firearms. God knows what the body count would have been if he had had access to automatic rifles.
Yes, obviously violent people can kill with knives, with motor vehicles or other things, but except in such cases as the Nice killer (I think he actually was a truck driver) having guns or explosives greatly multiplies the death and grave injury count.
The 2nd Amendment to the US constitution is more restrictive: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." But still, it is ridiculous in the 21st century.
Nobody here is preventing hunters here from owning rifles; they simply have to be registered. So do cars and many other potentially dangerous things.
An old friend recently posted a news story with the headline "34 shot, including 4 young children, in 2 violent weeks in New Orleans".
Naturally I immediately posted airing my frustration over the lack of meaningful gun control.
Another reader wrote: I agree with more monitoring of mental heath background checks but am not sure what "gun control" legislation would actually help the situation. I support our Castle doctrine legislation in Texas where a homeowner can defend his home against an intruder. Agree that AR 57 sales should be more restricted. "Bad guys" seem to always have access to guns unfortunately.
This is pretty common thinking, unfortunately. What makes me want to run my head into a brick wall about that last sentence is that cops in NO have told me that most of the guns on the street in that city were stolen from law-abiding nervous homeowners who had the guns to protect themselves.
I must admit that I find the use of the term "bad guys" really annoying. Who are the "good guys"? Those with guns they don't need? It makes it sound like some old western with guys in white hats and black hats.
And more "mental health background checks"? With the reduction of what health coverage there was, how many people with real mental health issues are in some kind of listing that is accessible to gun merchants? What about the gun shows where people go for a day out with the family and buy guns? Pink ones for the little lady. I'm sure the sellers will say," come back in 3 days and we'll see if we can sell you this gun".
They seem to overlook very common domestic violence, often among family or friends who might not even have a criminal record, or just a minor one for non-violent crime (such as shoplifting or minor fraud). If there are guns, such rows can easily turn fatal.
I kind of regret that when I had to empty my parents' house in Florida and put quite a bit of the contents in storage for my brother to pick up, I put my father's handgun and ammunition in a special box labelled as such. I don't even know where he got the gun, but it was for "protection." Would he have ever used it? I doubt it. My brother was probably thrilled to take possession of it, even though he is just as likely to never use it, but I probably should have thrown it in the trash.
This is one of those articles that you wind up re-reading whole paragraphs because you cannot believe the psychotic stupidity of what is being proposed. Unfortunately, I am all too able to believe that the squirmy low-life Republicans will refuse to do anything to stop this madness. Honestly, this made me nauseated -- it seems proof that the right-wing crazies are so in control that there is no remedy. www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/politics/devos-guns-in-schools.html
... the main lawyer involved in passing on [Los Vegas shooting gunman Stephen Paddock's] nearly $1.4 million estate to the families of the 58 people he slaughtered at an outdoor country music festival is facing a quandary. Should the firearms be sold to raise as much money as possible for the bereaved, or would it be more appropriate to destroy the guns in an emblematic rejection of the kind of violence that Mr. Paddock carried out?