Thank you SO much Paladinleeds. I have seen stats where assaults, bludgeoning attacks, knife attacks, and sexual assaults are all as high or higher in countries with gun bans. Violence is a society problem, usually at it's core is poverty or some sort of mental defect. Until high crime rate areas have a sense of hope and structure and we find a way to deal with metal defects properly, these acts of violence will continue. But that is such a HUGE undertaking it is easier to attack the method of delivery, not the core problem.
Originally Posted by Paladinleeds
Understanding I am a big gun's rights advocate, I will concede this: Guns increase the tragedy in these situations. No way the recent tragedies in Colorado or Newtown are nearly as horrific without guns. I am ready to have that conversation. I do not believe the removal of weapons is the answer, but neither is blind ignorance of weapon ownership. Even the NRA recognizes that what just happened was a tipping point. People have a right to sporting firearms and protection. But the time has come for a long hard look at what is or is not actually needed for those 2 purposes.