In response to patsfaninpa420's comment:
What really saddens/frustrates me about the whole 2nd amendment issue here is actually over events that happen in China. You see, guns are banned in China and if you pay attention to the news they have been dealing with mass stabbings on a fairly regular basis. In effort to deal with this the Chinese government has decided to address this issue, not by banning all things that are pointy, but by identifying and addressing the causes of the incidents in the first place.
The mothereffing Chinese have more logic and sense when confronting these situations than we do, what the hell does that say about the direction our society is taking? Meanwhile over here it's always the gun's fault and you have guys like Jason Whitlock spewing this utter garbage- "You know, I did not go as far as I'd like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America's gun culture ÂÂ I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don'ÂÂt have our best interests [at heart]." Of course it's the NRA's fault the black youths are turning their neighborhoods into shooting galleries. It certainly has nothing to do with the culture that their segment of society glorifies and perpetuates.
Ooo! Oooo! I want to answer this!
I believe the answer to the Chinese conumdrum is that they have lived for years and generations under Communist rule. The overwhelming majoirity of Chinese are poor and uneducated in anything by communist doctrine and philosophy. They were living in fear for their lives if they crossed any line that the State drew in the concrete. No idiocy like "I was raised very poor, so killing that man for his chicken wasn't my fault". Most crimes were punished by harsh sentences, served to the max. None of this "good behavior" mentallity. But, we're a more open society, and refrain from doing this, as it's one of the reasons why this country was founded.
English law provided for circumstantial evidence to be preswented in favor of the accused to possibly mitigate the penalty if convicted. Things like self defense, there was no other way out of a situation, other people's lives were at risk. Then, the case was decided on the facts. Now, we get psycho mumbo jumbo, with "excuses" presented and litigated well beyond these reasoonable defenses. In the 1700's, no way would a farmer be let off lightly for running down and killing a fellow farmer because the kids in the back of the wagon were acting up, or if he was trying to write a letter to his best buddy while driving the team of horses or the ox. There very little, if any personal responsibility for actions out there. It's NEVER their fault.
Sure, we could do as the Chinese do, and it COULD eventually happen. But, at the same time, we chide muslim Shuria (sp) Law for being so drastic. These systems are extreme, and the US is tucked somewhere in the middle. But, there ought to be a Happy Medium someplace in between.
The NRA/KKK comparison is a perfect example of "it's niot their fault!" by blaming someone/something else, never mind using the race card. Look at Belcher..... raised by a single parent, bullied kids in school, had "social behavior" issues in school, and made it in the NFL. The guy had serious issues, but none of which would have precluded him from buying a gun, as he was never convicted of anything. (Sorry, libbies; the laws says you MUST be convicted of a crime, not indicted for, accused of, or rumored to have committed a crime.) We have stats and certified/verifiable/non-challenged numbers as to the rise of kids being born in minority communities to single parents, and being raised that way. Let's all agree that education, or the distinct lack thereof, perpetuates and exaserbates this problem. With no nurturing father figure around, kids turn to the streets. And folks still wonder what's wrong. No wonder the music they listen to (the story of their streets) is what it is! (BTW, before the whining starts, the birthrate of kids being born into single parent familes for whites is also going up.) Do we severely punish these kids for a whole lifetimwe? No. IF caught using or having a gun during the crime, 10 years is more than reasonable for them to reflect on their personal responsibility and the choices they made.