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quote:The bottom line is one of attitude. Populations with training in civic virtue, though armed, generally do not experience sensational massacres or high crime rates. Switzerland fits this mold. But the United States does not. As H. Rap Brown declared in the 1960s, "Violence is as American as apple pie."
quote:Originally posted by CorbeilleThe UK has no written constitution. Does that make it a better or worse place than the USA?you can't crack me I'm a rubber duck!
quote:Originally posted by CorbeilleQuite true that banning guns would mean any remaining guns would be possessed by criminals but the US has a problem with killings using legally held guns. The guns that killed JFK, King, Lennon and students at Columbine were legal. In the UK the spree killings at Dunblane and Hungerford were carried out with legally held weapons. A ban on guns would go a long way to preventing ordinary people seeing the red mist and killing someone in a fit of rage. Any of us are capable of it. Children wouldn't play with their father's gun and injure or kill themselves. However with so many guns in circulation, many people will hang on to one illegally for self defense. It would take something massively tragic for public attitudes to change.Anyway, the question was why aren't they banned in the US? and the answer is "it's everybody's right to have one"