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quote:Originally posted by David SparkmanIf you can't have a gun, and long knives are banned, buy yourself a good baseball bat, and learn how to use it. It is far more lethal than a knife: breaks bones, smashes skulls, ...David
quote:Originally posted by i_have_no_ideaI wouldnt mind owning a nuclear reactor in my shed.
quote:Originally posted by drkevThe difference between us Europeans as you put it (which I find quite offensive as I am British not European. It's like saying Americans are Canadians or vice versa) is that we do not believe that we are ENTITLED to carry a gun.
quote:Nobody can escape the fact that it is not appropriate for anybody to have an M16 or AK74 in their house. Yes that is correct, the gun is called and AK74, the AK47 was a cheap American copy of the 74.
quote:However, the Americans feel that it is their constitutional right to have an automatic weapon. They feel that god gave them the right to carry a handgun.They argue that the government tries to interfere with their lives and that nobody should be able to tell them what to do.Now that I am a lawyer (well nearly I qualify in June) it is obvious to me that we need some element of control from the government otherwise there would be bedlam. We need to strike a balance though.
quote:This is the difference, just because you have a right to have something it doesn't mean you should. Most people only have a gun because everyone else has one.The police are currently processing my application for a gun. I have applied for a hunting rifle to go deer stalking. However this has a specific purpose.I do not see the need for a semi automatic weapon or a fully automatic weapon.
quote:The fact is that you do not NEED a gun. You WANT a gun. I don't NEED a car but I have got one because I can have one. I feel it is the same with guns. In the USA people can have a gun so they do. They feel they are entitled to it and nobody can take it away.Well you ask the parent of anyone who has been murdered with a handgun wether they think you should have it.
quote:America is a disgraceful country of violence and crime. That is not to say I do not like the American people because I do and I do not stereotype but look at the numbers of people killed with guns each year compared to every other country. Millions are killed each year in the USA compared to less than 200 in Canada and 400 in Australia.
quote:Do you know why guns are your constitutional right? So that the white man can "defend" himself against the "evil" black man. Look really closely at the law. It is about the whites persecuting the blacks and then when they killed them all they turned on each other. Watch bowling for columbine it really does open your eyes.
quote:Originally posted by i_have_no_ideaIn america you cant just go around with your AK-47 you have to first be able to own a gun then keep it locked up in a gun case or if its in your car you arnt alowd to be able to get at it (has to be in the trunk or something). Although if you get a permit to cary a consealed weapon then yes you are but that would be like a hand gun.
quote:Originally posted by Andy28Look at the columbine high school massacre and several other similar incidents. They were commited by kids who had been given detention and other stupid reasons. America is totally foolish to allow people to have guns. The only people who should be legally armed are the police in all countries.
quote:Originally posted by Andy28Pest controllers and farmers? Ain't they the ones that shoot innocent little animals. Sorry i don't agree with it. Animals have just as much right as we do on this planet.
quote:Originally posted by MirageI hate hunting but I don't mind pest control to a certain degree. One of the problems I have with it is when they turn it into a sport, it's not a fun day out, it's just cruel.
quote:Originally posted by MirageNo worries hun. I think a course is a good idea. However, I think it fine for hunters to own a gun, but feel there should be a line drawn as to who else can own one outside of those circumstances.
quote:Originally posted by Andy28You know what i hate most? When you see those snobby gits from the royal family driving around in their land rovers and shooting birds, etc. I once read in the paper that a fox hunter fell off his horse and the horse crushed him to death. Now thats justice!
How come guns aren't banned in the USA like in the UK or the majority(all?) of europe?
Surely the US would be a safer place if guns were outlawed?
here's the main problem i see... if you tell the people that guns are now illegal and could you please turn them in to the government, who is actually going to turn them in? the criminals? i don't think so. only the people who had guns with no intention of shooting them at someone unless they were shot at...
Gun crime has kind of reared it's ugly head in North Dublin and it's mainly over drugs and stuff. I think that could be a lot of gun crime actually. I suppose the solution is to stop buying drugs. I told a group of friends the other day, to stop buying drugs because it's indirectly putting money into the pockets of some scumbag from Clondalkin who'd gladly shoot someone's kneecaps off for some money but I don't think they payed attention 
yes because the criminals know that nobody else has a gun and can't defend themselves!