|I ask why is that so ridiculous?|
Because you would need an armed guard every 20 paces for it to be effective. Even then, if the loony opens up with an automatic weapon, there are 30 dead people in about 2 seconds.
|If they take away the 2nd amendment (By going around the Constitution) kiss all your rights goodbye because that is a slippery slope. Next it will be freedom of religion, then it will be freedom of speech. All them are protected by the 2nd amendment (Which is there mainly to protect the populous against tyranny). |
I wasn't proposing removing the entire 2nd amendment - can't it be changed just to restrict gun ownership, but keep the other things?
I understand your point about taking guns away from law abiding citizens, but I can't help thinking it is a chicken vs egg situation - guns cause problems, but there are a lot of guns. I am just wondering what are the stats for armed burglaries / home invasions in the US? What is the reason for breaking in? Would they do that to steal your Plasma TV? Also, saying that various solutions aren't going to work, perhaps isn't the right approach. If the government were able to implement a range of policies, all of them together probably would make a difference. Again, isn't it time something
I am sure the culture in the US is rather different than Australia. We don't seem to have very many armed robberies of any type at all, thieves seem to take things while people aren't at home. We do hear about the occasional convenience store hold up. People have home security, some people live in apartment buildings with security. We are getting more and more CCTV cameras in shops, pubs, streets & taxis.
It seems the big problem for the US is that there are so many guns in the first place. It was relatively easy for the Australian government to implement policy because there were few guns to start with.
The other thing is the elevated threat of terrorism in the US compared to other countries. Terrorists should not be aided by being allowed to legally own a firearm.
I am not sure, but I am guessing that drugs & mafia are worse in the US than here. An obvious strong relationship with guns going on there.
was implying, if handguns could be regulated, that would help. Consider this: If someone wants to be a criminal, the first thing they do is acquire a pistol. If it was illegal to have one, that immediately makes it a lot harder & more risky. Sure, criminals will find a way of acquiring them regardless, but if they are illegal at least that it is better than just buying one. If the general population doesn't have them either then it is harder to steal one as well. It helps the police because it gives them 1 more reason to be able to arrest a known criminal, and the criminal has to be much more careful about carrying the weapon. As far as automatic weapons go, I heard recently (A speech by the President?) that the police were complaining about being "out gunned" by the criminals.
If there are very deaths from assault weapons, that is not a reason to regulate (or outlaw) against them.
Handguns are illegal in Australia & New Zealand. Hell, in NZ the police still don't carry handguns routinely,
but there is the equivalent thing to a SWAT team.
The whole situation seems completely mad - something should be done.