Re: I know this is a hockey forum but...
posted at 12/17/2012 3:06 PM EST
In response to 49-North's comment:
In my opinion, significant gun control laws will not be possible in the U.S. simply because the gun culture is too embedded in your society. You have the "from my cold, dead hands..." group, who will never give them up without a fight to the death. You have the most powerful lobby group in the country threatening senators and reps with wholesale vote losses.
Finally, you have what I believe to be a national mentality that firearms are a viable method to solve disputes. Whether it be road rage, marital conflicts, business issues with disgruntled past employees, or a way to silence those voices in your head, when a gun is available for use, too many people seem to choose them. Generations of violence seen in person, on the nightly news, in TV and movies, and in FPS video games have, I believe, desensitized many people to the actual consequences of pulling a trigger while aiming a firearm at a human being.
While there will always be those who cite the situation of the woman who defended herself from a recent break-in by firing a shotgun, does that side of the equation balance out the horrific incidents we have been seeing in Portland, Aurora, Oak Creek and now Newtown?
At what point does the nation decide that "the benefits of this Right To Bear Arms do not justify the costs"?
Perhaps, despite the cries from the NRA that this will be the "thin edge of the wedge", a ban on assault weapons, which have no use in hunting, and are designed solely to wipe out human beings with frightening efficiency, will finally gain some traction.
And now, the disclaimer: as many of you know, I live north of the border, so I am an 'outsider' in this debate, and do not profess to be an expert in this subject, by any means.
Glad you mentioned that incident. See my link above about the licensed citizen with a concealed weapon that averted the killer to a back hallway and ultimately his suicide in the Clackamas Mall shooting.
Additionally as I mentioned 95% of firearm related murders are carried out with illegal firearms. It's not the law abiding citizens that purchase the guns that are the problem it is their storage after they take them home. If the background check also required a safety check of how the guns were stored or if all guns were sold with a trigger lock or something to that effect I am inclined to think that illegal possession of firearms would go down. It is very rare that a licensed individual with a legally obtained firearm commit any crimes.