Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, or if you’re from the Bronx you might say that rappers do? Either way the hot debate in the wake of the elementary school killings is something of a fascinating and obvious presented outcome. Certainly from this side of the pond many view the gun laws in America to be brutal, barbaric and altogether ancient. Written over 100 years ago in a time when things where very different. For it was then that governments (The English Crown) rained terror on the colonies to which they controlled, and when freedom came knocking, people felt that the right to bear arms in order to protect themselves from governments was in fact a just cause. This certainly does make sense, as a rebel force of people with their own guns to protect their families seems just, however what happens when the guns are found to be in the wrong hands?
They have some pretty tough gun laws in Japan, as they do in any other civilized country in the world, and they’re not killing each other off with firearms. You have very violent films in Europe, yet it’s not causing the mayhem we see in our streets routinely here.
Michael D. Barnes
Knifes, baseball bats and even a pair shoes can be used as weapons in order to act out an individual’s internal maniacal rage, however murder with any of the above is more often than not localised into one or two people, how often do you hear of someone going on a killing spree with a knife or bat? The answer is of course, hardly ever. So this raises a few questions that certainly need to be addressed; I believe that people have the right to protect themselves and their families as this event clearly shows there are a lot of crazies around, however automatic weapons, whereby simply pressing a trigger can clock you up several kill points, is almost certainly a weapon that should not be allowed to be found within the hands of the crazy people.
It’s frightening how easy it is to commit murder in America. Just a drink too much. I can see myself doing it. In England, one feels all the social restraints holding one back. But here, anything can happen.W. H. Auden
No matter what you feel about this bygone law, we are living in a time where our intellects have improved drastically in the last 100 years, people are smarter, and thus deserve smarter laws. Unfortunatly there are still people that exist that cant meet in the middle, these people are idiots. Ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons America, and catch up with the rest of us.