Hmm...I don't think I can vote. Because honestly, they're really quite useful in some cases, but it's like they're more for offense than defense. I think only specialized officials like cops should be allowed to have guns, and only on duty. With all the disarmament stuff going on in the US, I can honestly say, despite my hatred of guns, I DON'T think they should be illegal...just limit the amount of AMMO a person can have! I mean, seriously! Who cares about the guns--let em keep them! But without their ammo, the guns are useless, so put a limit on ammo, not guns! XP
God these blocks of texts in the comments... a lot of ideas. If you ask me, if you have someone who's willing to shoot up a place, they don't care who dies or what happens to themselves, and guns are illegal, why would they care? Right now, I don't think that bearing arms is so much as a right, but a privilege, and it should belong to those who're emotionally and mentally stable enough to handle it.
Many people believe that they need guns to defend against other people with guns. If that person didn't have the gun to begin with, we wouldn't have this problem. People buy guns to use in suburban areas, and so frequently we hear about guys who were able to just walk up to a store and buy a gun to shoot people with. In countries where guns are illegal, the death toll during attacks on civilians is so often significantly lower. People who want to own a gun for hunting in order to gather food, sure. But so many people are just buying them for the sake of the second amendment. Guns are illegal in several countries, and it's not like they're crime rates have suddenly shot up because of it. It's actually worked out pretty good in countries like Australia. Also, in regards to people who believe that people with mental instability are more of an issue than guns, and they shouldn't be allowed them then we'll all be safe, hardly any one with a mental illness goes on to kill other people. They are far more likely to kill themselves. In addition, the man who recently shot all those children at their school, not only was he not mentally ill, deemed fit for court, the gun was also his mother's, not his. So doing a background check wouldn't have prevented him obtaining one.
Whether or not something is legal doesn't change what a person will do if they're seriously determined. People make the assumption that guns are the problem, it's the weapons that need to go away, but that's not the case. People are the problem, and those who want to kill even if it's illegal, even if ANY weapon is illegal.
From my perspective, guns are protection from such people. I'm relatively small, I can't defend myself physically in the least bit. So if someone is coming after me with the intention to badly wound or kill, hell yes I'm going to shoot them. I'm protecting myself and my family, that's all there is to it. I would never use a gun unless I absolutely HAD to.
If guns are illegal, those people with the intent to hurt others will find a way regardless. They may even resort to more dangerous things.
though i think guns should be illegal..its not practical...cuz if it were illegal people who want it would try to get it by other means (ie. black market) though sure it might lower the amount of people owning guns...it won't solve the problem >< also there are some people who own guns for like protection or hunting or something (personally i dont understand why you need to have a gun....) and there are people who are using guns "correctly" and not to kill other people, should they be punished for the few crazies in this world? :T idk... i think instead of banning guns the government should maybe try to help those crazy people instead :<
Here is what is true. Please read all so you will understand. Guns are not the problem. The people who have the funds are the problem. Why should the entire country be punished for a few people's problems. The people who are doing the bad stuff are criminals. If guns are banned, THE CRIMINALS WILL STILL GET THEIR GUNS!!! also we have a RIGHT to own guns. Who cares whether it's for "sport" or not? we have a right!!
im my opinion, its not the selling of guns & stuff that cause shootings; its the fact that the people that are shot dont know how to protect themselves. the Gov. is talkin about having all teachers carry guns which means (1) they have to do more background checks on teachers so less kids get raped by teachers (2) teachers can defend the kids if a shooter comes to school (3) whos gonna come to school armed if every teacher in the building is packing a 12 gauge? exactly