The remedy against gun violence

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
CFynn
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Re: The remedy against gun violence
In reply to RobertSigmund, Jan 21, 2013

RobertSigmund wrote:

"There are complex, hand-wringing-worthy problems in our social life: deficits and debts and climate change. Gun violence, and the work of eliminating gun massacres in schools and movie houses and the like, is not one of them. Gun control works on gun violence as surely as antibiotics do on bacterial infections. In Scotland, after Dunblane, in Australia, after Tasmania, in Canada, after the Montreal massacre—in each case the necessary laws were passed to make gun-owning hard, and in each case… well, you will note the absence of massacre-condolence speeches made by the Prime Ministers of Canada and Australia, in comparison with our own President.

The laws differ from place to place. In some jurisdictions, like Scotland, it is essentially impossible to own a gun; in others, like Canada, it is merely very, very difficult. The precise legislation that makes gun-owning hard in a certain sense doesn’t really matter—and that should give hope to all of those who feel that, with several hundred million guns in private hands, there’s no point in trying to make America a gun-sane country."

I can't believe that in Scotland "it is essentially impossible to own a gun" since the place is full of hunters and bird shooters - a lot of their tourist industry depends on those things too. Canada has a lot of hunters as well - and, if you are one of them, I don't suppose it is all that difficult to own a gun there either.

You might have problems with guns not intended for hunting.

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