Quote--Cari, you come up with two examples of parental neglect and try to make a case for gun control? We have more than enough laws on the books, including making parents responsible for insuring their weapons are not accessible to children. Obviously these laws were not followed.
You actually get to the crux of the issue namely by allowing firearms to be owned by civilians. You may indeed have the laws in place in some States but as you know America is a republic and individual States have their own laws which differ from other States, in fact itís a bit of a hotchpotch.
However letís assume there is a federal law that covers the safety aspects of gun ownership. Then we have to know how that law is to be enforced. A law that canít and never is enforced isnít worth the paper itís written on.
How many guns are legally owned by civilians in the US? I only know it runs into many millions. Can you imagine the cost of carrying out even the most basic checks in safety control on millions of gun owners? The answer is obvious; the cost alone renders any law unenforceable.
You say I have come up with two examples of parental neglect. Correct, do you want more? Ok.-- Gunshot wounds send about 20 children to the hospital every single day in the United States, a new study says.
A review of hospital records found that firearms caused 7,391 hospitalizations among children younger than 20 during 2009, the most recent year for which records are available.
These are American figures, not mine. They took me a few minutes to find on the Web.
Quote-- For everyone like you who claim we need gun control, I ask...how? What is the plan? How do you keep guns out of criminal hands at the same time you take them from law-abiding citizens just trying to protect their families? Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the country. They also have the highest murder rate. How do you explain that? Maybe it's that criminals don't follow laws....ya think?
To answer your question is you canít stop guns getting out of criminal hands, especially when the country is awash with them; which is part of the problem.
My answer is the same with your next quote.
Quote-- The old saying still holds true..when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. Is that the society you want to live in? I'll pass.
No, but neither do I want to live inside of an arcade game where the goodies can constantly pop off at the badies. Come on, you have a police service to protect you, if itís not working to your satisfaction then get it sorted, but the answer is not to hand Mrs. Brown an assault rifle and tell her to get on with it.
Quote-- Switzerland has NO gun control. They also have the lowest murder rate in the world. You want more statistics or perhaps you can look them up for yourself?
I did and found your statement is wrong.
Switzerland has a comprehensive gun-control regime that is governed by federal law and implemented by the cantons. This regime may be somewhat less restrictive than that of other European countries, yet since 2008 it has complied with European Union requirements. The Swiss Weapons Act requires an acquisition license for handguns and a carrying license for the carrying of any permitted firearm for defensive purposes. Exceptions exist for hunters. Automatic weapons are banned.
By the way, Switzerland has over twice the amount of gun deaths annually than the UK. Work to do methinks.
Quote-- The two examples of the children are sad indeed but do not speak of gun control. It takes more than shouting "We need gun control!". It takes a plan. If you have that plan, I'd be very interested in hearing it.
Really? No friend Iím not shouting "We need gun controlĒ Iím saying much more, guns have no place in the hands of the civilian population. The cost of allowing unlimited ownership of firearms carries a horrendous price which you have to pay each and every day.
I understand the fascination with firearms, its universal, especially with the young.
But if your attraction to guns is overpowering, then do what I did and join the armed services.
I was given a SA80 for free WOW!! Together with excellent tuition harnessed to a safety code that was rigorously enforced and you may even get to use your weapon for what it was designed to do. The downside is that you may also get to know what real conflict does to you.
As to your need for a plan, look to Australia, they worked one out and if you think Australians are pussies, think again.