In the U.S. so far, 1.4 million people have died from mass gun attacks. This is more than all the people who have died in all of the U.S. wars, from the fight for independence to the war in Iraq. If we ban guns, it might be true that criminals will think of other ways to attack the population. Yet it would be way harder and the felons will lose a lot of the desire and will to do it. A knife attack might be able to kill two people, yet guns can kill up to forty. The ratio between these two weapons is great. People arm themselves with guns so that they may protect themselves against intruders or robbers and the like. Yet if most of these criminals decide not to commit crimes , the population wouldn't have anything to protect themselves against, or at least a very, very small sliver of the threat posed before the banning of guns. The banning of guns will save hundreds of lives, maybe thousands, or even millions. If we ban guns, our lives will be much safer and we can live in a much safer environment.
you forget the main reason we have A 2nd amendment, in order to protect all the other ones. In the unlikely event that the government gets out of control locally or federally the people need the means to overthrow it. Pitchforks won't do much against 50 caliber machine guns. Too many people die from gun violence this is true, but we can't take away our only means of defending ourselves from an oppressive government. Might not be today, maybe not 50 years from now; eventually though, there will come a day when the American people need those guns. Look at the patriot act and the NSA spying, this is the groundwork for a bloodbath.
Well it isn't very likely for the government to turn on it's people, is it? And even if it did, we wouldn't stand much chance against nukes and the like. But so far, criminals armed with guns is more dangerous. Would you let the mass murders continue just because of a slim percent chance of the government turning on us?
The best actions for that are stricter gun laws and an expansion in community defense, things like neighborhood watch, maybe hiring unemployed veterans to guard the outside perimeter of schools movie theaters etc. Now how likely is it... Last time American citizens were put in internment camps was the 1940's not that far. Reagan openly lied about the Iran situation. Bush openly lied about Iraq. Only recently they've introduced legislation to put hackers in prison for 10-20 years for finding information the public should know about. They've tried to implement laws regarding internet use so I would say it's slowly going that direction. I'm not a conspiracy nut that thinks Obama wants to murder everyone but government overreach is real and it's happening. As to when I don't know, I can tell you this any criminal nutjob that comes into my house is getting 5.56 rounds put into his chest and his friends, good luck with your knife and baseball bat.
First of all, the reason why the 'criminal nutjob' as you put it invades your house is probably because he has a gun and, because of this, he has a lot of confidence. If he doesn't have a gun though, he wouldn't be attacking you so you don't need a gun to protect yourself. Secondly, your solution-- neighborhood watch, etc. could apply just as well to a country without guns, and there would be less danger. Lastly, if the government is working against the general public, do you think a gun will help? Even though the public might have the numbers, the government has the weapons, like nuclear technology. Guns wouldn't help us if the government wants to take over, it would just make them more annoyed and they would probably send in more weapons against us. Also, why would the government want to take over the country? They don't want to establish a monarchy. There is almost no evidence the government wants to take over. Guns should be used only in battle and wars. They shouldn't be used to threaten, kill, and destroy innocent people in America. Children lose their mother, their father, their loved ones. People all over the country is suffering because of guns. We should ban guns and stop the bloodshed, the killing, the horror of it all!
As I said I don't think it will happen tomorrow but somebody has to keep the government in check. As it was pointed out in the comments section stabbing and other forms of murder would go up. If a gang with police contacts and access to guns got them they could terrorize a small community and that community would do what? My main point is we don't want to be the Palestines in the Palestine/Israel conflict -throwing rocks.
Reasons for voting decision: Con failed to mention how ineffective a gun ban would be. It would turn out just like prohibition and the current drug war, costly to enforce and completely ineffective. (Not to mention increase crime).
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