Sorry, I can't tell, was that a comment for or against guns? It could really go either way...
It was both.
The world is in a catch-22 situation. Either guns shouldn't exist (but then we'd just have another comparable weapon) or everyone should have guns. It's not possible to ensure that nobody has guns - the bad guys always will, and there's not much that can be done.
Guns are for defense against other people with guns. If guns are illegal, then only bad people will have guns, making normal people defenseless.
I hate guns, but because they exist, we all have to have them.
@Disch, there seems to be a correlation between being into gun porn and being American. This sense could be very much biased by the fact that many people on the net are Americans though. I wish I could find some statistics about it...
@ResidentBiscuit, there is actually no hard line between the sane and the crazy. Also, I recall someone saying that violence will never go away, because it satisfies basic needs of the aggressor - significance, power, thrill - in the fastest possible way.
As for your guns, do you claim to own them (all of them) for self defense?
@LB, while I don't agree with your point, that's not what I wanted to talk about. My problem is the warm fuzzy feeling some people seem to have towards guns. Even if you live in the wild west, I don't think that the capacity to murder with ease should get that kind of treatment.
There are many different reason to own guns in America. The first and foremost on and the reason why there is the 2nd Ammendment is so the american people have some sort of defense against tyranny. A populous that is armed (I believe the latest US statistic is that about 80% of the households in America own a gun) is a lot harder to force tyranny on then a unarmed populous.
Another reason people own guns is for self defense. When some rapist or some drug addict that is willing to kill breaks into someones house they should have the right to defend theirself with lethal force if it is needed. Everyone always says call the cops, but in some communities the cops are 5 mins - 20 mins away from helping you, so you need to protect yourself.
Another reason people like guns in America is for hunting. I know where I live (Northern USA in Minnesota) almost all my neighbors and friends like to hunt. It could be deer, geese, wolf (Which they just legalized), or whatever. Granted not everyone enjoys hunting but a good amount of people do.
So there are many reason someone might want to own a gun, and its a not a bad thing for them to have that right to. I own one handgun for defense since I have a armed house robbery happen to me and my family when I was younger, and I hope I never have to use it but if someone breaks into my house and is intent on doing me or my girlfriend harm I will use it.
@Script Coder, I am not suggesting that weapons should be banned. There are some reasons to have them. What I am suggesting is that people who find guns "sexy" should be shunned.
Also, my position is not in any way a product of whatever happened in US not too long ago. I'd be glad if nobody brought that up. I assume "psychopaths with guns kill people" and "crazy people getting a hold of them" were references to that, right?