Something I haven't seen anyone say yet I'd like to point out (although ~Lexi247 said something quite relevant), the estimated number of firearms in the US as of 2007 according to gunpolicy.org ([link]) is 270,000,000. Banning firearms is NOT going to make 270 million guns dissapear overnight. (Just speculation) It would likely take decades to round up all of them, and in the meantime, shootings would still be happening left and right, and probably more so with many people inraged by full gun control.
... And with that said, I'm not even mentioning my side cause dA politics is just mostly full of endless flame
Actually, it is. Fully automatic rifles have been effectively banned since I think the 1980s, and the few that are still around have become RIDICULOUSLY expensive. Really, only collectors have them nowadays.
Many adults own guns. Are you slow or something? I don't expect much from 18-21 year olds, but do yourself a favor and try and stick it out through school. More than likely, though, I'm talking to a drop-out destined to be a minimum wager for the first of his life. How does that make you feel?
Hmm, you need to watch Nova Science the episode about basically kids or even adults who go on rampages and shoot people. It's very interesting a tad bit disturbing if you have mental problems or just problems.
Basically it explains the columbine shootings and other crazy things. It also answered my questions to why most of this is done by boys, (girls too but mostly men).
In short it is a brain problem. Like one of the columbine kids had some serious depression, he wrote in his diary about how he wanted to die, and how he wanted everyone else to suffer too.
Not all people with problems are going to kill people, I have mental problems. Sure every now and then I think about hurting somebody but I never would do that. Ever.
This one sounds like he had depression or something. He probably just went on a rampage,lost his mind and just took his pain and anger out on the world. For those who have never been blinded by rage, it sucks, it's like turning into a werewolf. Or the Hulk, it's horrible.
Clearly America has poor mental health. It isn't the weapons that are the issue. If there were no guns, he'd most likely use something else and honestly, since when did a murderer care about the law? Murders will happen weather it's illegal or not.
I've heard this discussion on the radio before. Maybe we should stop blaming guns and focus on this nations mental health. Then again, you don't hear about these mass shootings happening in a nation like japan. (Are guns legal in Japan?)
The right to bear arms isn't a cause of these or any other mass shootings. A complete lack of mental health resources in the United States is the primary cause. Why doesn't anyone ask why we've almost completely defunded mental health facilities in the united States when some whack job haul's off and shoots a bunch of people?
And mainstream media portrays shootings like so: "Would you like to end your life? Why won't take others with you with the help of a gun to be badass? Here's a dude who did it!" Of course it encourages shootings.
That is not an argument. Someone with a gun that is a few feet away is much more dangerous than someone with a bat. You can stop someone with a bat. Hell, you can run from someone with a bat. You can't run from a bullet. You can't fight back against a bullet. You can basically only hope the guy misses. I'm not an advocate of banning guns, I just wish people could put down better arguments to explain why guns shouldn't be banned.
"Someone with a gun that is a few feet away is much more dangerous than someone with a bat"
Not necessarily. If the guy is within arms reach then it's pretty easy to disarm him, if you know how of course, without getting shot. It's a different story with knives or other melee weapons though, with those you're almost certain to get cut or bruised no matter what you do.
Take a self defense course. It's one of the first things they teach you
True, though if he's only a few feet away then more than likely he's looking to mug or rape you, in which case he will come within arms reach for you to disarm him and shoot him with his own gun (oh the irony, lol).
Of course it's all situational as you said, but there are situations were knives and baseball bats are a bigger threat than a gun.
Well, that's true, too. I just think if someone has the intention to kill they will try to succeed in it any way they can and no matter what. I never really thought too much about being able to stop them, but yeah the only positive I can see to banning guns is that people have more of a chance to stop the killer. But then again they can still get the gun from somewhere else...