"I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally" ~ W.C. Fields
I'm all for personal responsibility. I generally don't agree with legislation to protect people from themselves (the drug war, for example, or even something like seat belt laws). The problem with guns is you can kill lots of people, not just yourself. A whole different deal from your example.
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Just like government raising taxes....show me you can cut spending and then i can listen to an argument for more revenues.
Let's say for the purpose of argument that the US passed Australia-like legislation instituting a gun byback scheme and tight controls. In your view, would overall gun violence:
3. Not be affected.
You don't do the same things as your great great grand daddy did either jackass, my great grandfather drove spikes on the rail road for a living, feed 12 kids by making about 3 bucks a week busting his ass. He did it because he had 12 kids and needed to feed them and wasn't looking for hand outs. He didn't trust the bank or the government and as shortsighted as I thought his opinions were, I'm finding myself saying maybe this uneducated immigrate from Italy knew more about the ways for the world then some of the most educated people in the world.
I tell my son not everything is what it seems, remember to question what needs to be question and get as many facts about things before making a decision.
Last month, a gun buyback in Oakland brought in a mountain of guns, but thousands of dollars went to dealers and collectors who were unloading cheap or antique guns at a profit, not reducing the private arsenal of the inner city.http://www.baycitizen.org/blogs/puls...lence-oakland/According to Oakland Northís analysis, the city has seen 117 homicides as of early December, 14 more than last year's total. And of the nearly 1,600 reported shootings in Oakland last year, 143 of the victims were 17 years old or younger. In addition, six of the 91 people who died in gunfire-related incidents were younger than 17.
I don't know the details of the Australian buy back (My Internet connection sucks right now), but there is one thing that is for sure different in the US than anywhere else. We were raised on a culture of guns being a right, not something the government gave you.
Buy backs are great for clearing out the old and useless guns law abiding citizens want to get rid of. If you're counting on gun buy backs to eliminate weapons and drasticaly reduce gun violence on any grand scale, you're in for a rude awakening.