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This one's going to be a little different because my main point actually revolves around a quote.

C.J. Cregg: There were 36 homicides last night, 480 sexual assaults, 3411 robberies, 3685 aggravated assaults, all at gun point. And if anyone thinks those crimes could have been prevented if the victims themselves had been carrying guns, I only remind you that the President of the United States was shot last night while surrounded by the best-trained armed guards in the history of the world.

That is from the TV series, The West Wing, after the President gets shot. See, that's my point. Guns don't solve anything. Just because someone has a gun doesn't mean that everyone is automatically safe. I'll admit that in *some* cases, it *could* be seen as helping but how often do you think seeing someone else with a gun has provoked them? If someone is really determined, nothing is going to stop them. And if you shoot them to stop them, aren't you as bad as them?

There are so many shootings that happen around the world that are unnecessary. How many of those people have a license or have obtained a gun through someone with a license? Guns are dangerous weapons and should be treated as such. If you want people to feel protected, make self-defence mandatory in schools. But don't teach them that carrying a weapon makes them safe and shooting someone is okay if you have a good reason. Because it's not.

Guns kill people. "The level of gun ownership world-wide is directly related to murder and suicide rates and specifically to the level of death by gunfire." The USA has the largest percentage of households with firearms and the largest percentage of firearm deaths per 100,000. That doesn't sound like a coincidence.

apr 28 2011 ∞
dec 15 2012 +