this will be most likely be a touchy subject but I think I know the Bald Move community can have a reasonable discussion and will not resort to childish response. If the Aron and Jim do not want to allow this discussion then I completely understand them blocking or removing this thread.
Here is my view.
I’ve lived in the US for 25 years. I witnessed Columbine on TV as a freshman in high school. It was extremely concerning and scary for the first few days after this incident but luckily nothing happened. I went to NIU and sat in the same classroom that was shot up a few years after I graduated. I went to that classroom every Mon, weds and Friday for over a semester and sat in a chair that might have been a place where a student was brutally murdered.
I moved to Australia in 2009, a country that Implemented serious gun control a decade before I arrived. I watched the sandy hook massacre a year after my first kid was born.
I watched a terrorist Attack in Sydney happen in a coffee shop I walked past many times and the terrorist only had a pistol and was “luckily” only able to kill 2 people.
My kids have gone to school in Australia and Singapore for the past 4 years in countries with strict gun laws. I do not worry for their safety considering each country has never experienced what the US experiences on an almost monthly basis.
everytime I discuss gun control with gun supporters I come across the same 3 arguments.
1. Criminals do not abide by the law
2. People need to protect themselves and their homes
3. Citizens need to protect themselves from the government
here is my response to that.
1. There are criminals in Singapore and Australia. There are mentally unstable people. There are people who don’t follow the laws. There are knives and cars and all sorts of dangerous weapons. There are illegal guns in these countries. There are guns in Australia. You can buy guns in Australia but they have very strict laws and limits. Yet neither country has ever experienced a mass murder in a school. Why? Because assault rifles and guns are not easily accessible or do not exist.
2. It’s fact more people kill themselves with their own guns then they do defending themselves from intruders. Suicides and immediate family murders make up the majority of gun deaths.
3. The second amendment is an ancient law just like prohibition that needs to be amended. There is no excuse or reasonable explanation for why guns in the US are so readily accessible. The government military has tanks, drones, airplanes, etc. Good luck fighting a war against that. And if the government is that repressive and evil the military which is made of CITIZEN VOLUNTEER soldiers would fight for their families and rights. I have 2 close friends who served in the military and neither of them would ever follow orders to kill their fellow citizens.
Lastly, countries like UK, AU, JP, SG, etc don’t have repressive regimes when their country doesn’t have guns. There is no real world experience that free countries that give up their guns loss their freedom or are repressed. Nazi Germany from 1930s is not a valid excuse. No first world country in the past 80 years has repressed their population after taking guns away.
As an American who has seen all sides of the world I can tell you with 99% certainty the only reason US schools have mass murders is because of easy access to guns and assault rifles.
I’ve seen it all and have experience from every side of the equation. I’m open to hearing all arguments but as someone who has lived across the world and witnessed how successful strict gun control can be I’m very keen to hear why people think it’s a good idea for the US to continue allowing the current laws to stand as is when strict gun control is proven to work across the world.
I think Australia has it right. Gun ownership is allowed but under very strict circumstances where citizens are allowed to own specific weapons but have to follow guidelines for what types of guns are legal and the process of buying, owning and storing weapons is highly regulated.
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