Nobunaga wrote: Woodruff wrote: Lootifer wrote:
What possible relevance does this have to the gun control debate?
The authors of the study blamed impunity (only five to eight percent of crimes are solved in Brazil compared with 80 percent in France) and insufficient efforts to combat a prevailing culture of violence.
Seriously Im tempted to report your post its that absurd...
I presume he's trying to claim that since there are other means for killing, ALL means of killing should be treated exactly the same way. Which doesn't make a lot of sense, really.
... Yeah... something like that. 1.1 million murders is a lot of murders. Many are arguing that fewer/no guns in the hands of Americans would mean fewer murders. I am attempting (with little success apparently) to demonstrate that perhaps things are not that simple.
I certainly would agree with you that even if we were to go the "get rid of all guns" route, it's not going to stop all murders from happening in the United States.
That being said, there IS a difference between the use of a gun to kill someone and the use of most other weapons. Most other weapons are more "personally involved", which for many people makes a tremendous difference psychologically...the gun is a much easier method for them for that reason. Most other weapons also provide more of an opportunity to "fight back" and maybe at least cause more evidence to be left at the scene (blood of the attacker, etc).
Don't get me wrong...I am NOT a "get rid of all guns" advocate, nor even a "get rid of any guns" advocate. I DO advocate required background checks for all gun sales, however. That won't stop any murders directly, I don't think...but it will help to resolve them after the fact and in some cases make it more difficult for criminals to get guns.
...I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag.