Gun Control In the USA

I realise in writing this I could be gaining a few haters with this opinion. But when I wake up and jump on my computer to have a read of the news and what’s going on in the world. it saddens me to see yet another shooting in the USA, This time at LAX Airport.

I have done a little research in shootings and how they have increased over the years not just for the US but for the world. one graph that I found had the highest gun related murders in US then Chilli.

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now when we all hear in the news or god forbid be a witness to one of these horrible crimes, we all a saddened by what’s happened, we morn for days and have remembrance for those lives lost. So if were so sad I ask again, why wont the US do something about it.

Not only have guns been used for mass murders, but illegally obtained guns are used for these mass murders we have seen for years in schools all over the world and the US.

So if the weapons being used are the ones being stolen from there parents or purchased on the black market, then why isn’t the laws changed to stop guns from being obtained legally to then be stolen and used illegally.

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Guns Obtained illegally can mean many different things, off the top of my mind, Guns not locked up properly therefore are stolen, Guns obtained by parents stolen by kids, Guns paid for with a fake ID, Guns purchased from the black market.

We have read about all these reason and more. The rate for casualty and injured has gone up massively over years. and I ask again why don’t the US do anything about it.

If we have a dangerous road that has caused accidents we do what we can to prevent more accidents. like putting up a sign and making oncoming drivers aware of the danger they are about to hit or they can avoid it all together. So I ask again if we think its the right thing to do is adapt things to assure ones safety, why not adapt the laws to ensure the same thing?

I’m not sure about many others, but in my life I have found my self having this debate with many Americans and it all ending the same way. And that is me loosing some respect for the person. I think its amazing how some people can honestly think having a weapon in there home makes them more safe than not having them.

considering the fact that when there has been a tragedy in a school where many innocent children have died, were at the hand of a stolen weapon from there own homes. so I would think the start would be that law.

In Australia we had a shooting that was refereed to as The port author massacre. 35 people were killed and 23 were seriously wounded. it changed the way we thought. and we changed gun laws, those who owns weapons were to hand them in by a certain date and they were all burned never to be used bought or sold again, ill never forget this day.

My dad use to go hunting and he had a few shotguns, one wasn’t registered and he thought he would get away with keeping it. but they came knocking for it. since this law has passed and there has been laws against anyone owning a gun automatic or any kind, the percentage in mass murders and massacres had dropped massively and its very rare we hear of something on its kind in our news or on our televisions.

Something ill never understand is the NRA. and I think they are the main reason why the laws stand as they do. now I’m not to sure about this so please do quote me if I’m wrong, but having the right to own a gun is written somewhere in there constitution. which was written years ago. we have politician’s creating new bills to pass new laws all the time, so cant something like that be re written with modernised laws with things that happen today. but when someone tried to pass such law who it is that fights against the people and stop the laws from getting passed? its the supporters of the NRA because they don’t want to have there beloved weapons taken away from them. weapons they have stacked  up at wall mart like shoes.

I also ask this. Isn’t there president a member of the NRA? http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2011/04/brad-kozak/ttag-exclusive-obama-joins-the-nra/

you make something like that as accessible as you do things like LAX airport are never going to stop happening.

The Us concentrate a hell of a lot on its terrorism. but in my eyes this is terrorism for a teenager to go into a pre school and shoot innocent children in there own country to prove what point exactly? that they were bullied themselves in school which pushed them over the ends to do a mass murder.

Well I could literally ramble on about this all day. but I shall put it to rest. it is a dead subject because things in the Us are not going to change any time soon. the thing I don’t understand the most is they spend more time criminalising marijuana then owning a gun, get caught with some weed go to jail, get caught with a gun, you have the right to protect yourself..

Go figure?

Our laws in Australia on guns is tight. and I can safely say I feel safer living here knowing we don’t have the access or the laws for weapons they have over there.

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9 thoughts on “Gun Control In the USA

  1. You have a chart “Gun related murder rates …” as if people only murdered people with guns.

    Check out Russia. Less guns, more murders.

    “Our laws in Australia on guns is tight. ”

    So why don’t you just keep them there and mind your own business? And how is violent crime working out for you in Australia these days?

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

    • Lol I don’t have to mind my own business that’s the beauty of writing a blog!

      Violent crimes happens everywhere not just Australia I can find the necessary facts and charts for that if you like including in the US, I can dive into even more of them you like, gang related murders is another one you have that Australia doesn’t have, and involves guns purchase off the black market. Still boils down to the Biggest problems America has and that is there gun
      control!

  2. “…the Biggest problems America has and that is there gun control!”

    America has many issues, but gun control is certainly not at the head of the list. Illegal drugs and highly _centralized_ violence in our inner cities are some of our biggest problems. I would bet my little town in Texas is as safer, if not a lot safer, than many areas in the U.K. or Australia. Our homicide rate most years is 0. And me and my neighbors have plenty of guns.

    “gang related murders is another one you have that Australia doesn’t have,”

    Again, gang violence, largely among blacks and hispanics in our inner cities is to blame. Much of America is quite safe and and with lots of guns. As a matter of fact, I just went to Academy (a sporting goods store) and bought a bigger gun safe this very afternoon. My old old was running out of room and by Texas standards I have a “beginner’s collection” of firearms, including dreaded “assault rifles” (actually target rifles).

    If my country can put a gun in my hand and ask me to defend it, then it damn well better not say I can’t have one to defend myself or my family. As a matter of fact I carry a concealed handgun in public every day, including to church today. I am licensed to do so legally.

    “one you have that Australia doesn’t have, and involves guns purchase off the black market.”

    I am sure there are plenty of guns being bought and sold on the black market in Australia. One thing I do know is that gun crime in the U.K. has doubled since their gun ban.

    “Lol I don’t have to mind my own business that’s the beauty of writing a blog!”

    That is true. You don’t have to actually know anything either.

    —-

    According to some of the latest and most sophisticated research by Kleck and Getz Americans use a firearm up to 2.5 million times a year in self defense and upwards of 400,000 lives are saved with guns in the hands of private citizens.

    Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (Northwestern)
Guns and Violence Symposium,
vol. 86, no. 1, 1995: 150.

    ARMED RESISTANCE TO CRIME: THE PREVALENCE AND NATURE OF SELF-DEFENSE WITH A GUN
    Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz
    http://www.saf.org/lawreviews/kleckandgertz1.htm

    Home invasion crimes where gangs break into a house they know is occupied is very rare in areas of America without repressive gun control laws. Do that in Texas and you will stand a good chance of getting ventilated by an armed citizen.

    regards,

    lwk

    • You can break my comment down in point form, but your only making yourself look more stupid. you think that i’m the one with the one minded opinion. but my entire country and half of yours feels this way.

      you think i know nothing. well i guess that’s your opinion and your entitled to it. doesn’t mean i’m going to “mind my own business” or so you put it. your Government cant even sort there shit out atm shutting down potentially loosing millions of revenue.

      so your racist too? its not just the African American causing your gang violence. but my point was mainly the innocent people that die in the crossfire of gang violence.

      you think you can inspire me to change my mind on this, your wrong.

      come and visit me in my home town and tell me you feel safer in the US than you do here. we also have a 0 Homicide/murder/rape/gang violence/anything here.

      If you want to defend something. then join the army where you have to right to carry a weapon as you are defending your country and those you serve.

      stop making other country’s like us fight the battles you created in the first place with your outrageous laws.

      i read your modernized sentence, and it basically said it was written so we “America” have the right to be the higher power over anyone else as we can shut you down with excessive force if need be. there fore giving us our Freedom. Right?

      just sounds like more useless jargin saying violence is the way to go, or at least threatening it.

      • “so your racist too? its not just the African American causing your gang violence.”

        Gang violence in America is largely blacks and hispanics, but for some reason the FBI in the U.S. classifies hispanics as “white” so their statistics are harder to get.

        Per official FBI statistics for 2011 for homicide where the race of the offender was known it was black 52.4% of the time although blacks are less than 14% of the population. Yes, the facts show that gun homicides are a huge problem with blacks in our inner cities. That is not racist. That is a fact affirmed by official FBI statistics. Blacks are something like 8 times more likely to be involved in violence or homicide.

        “If you want to defend something. then join the army where you have to right to carry a weapon as you are defending your country and those you serve.”

        I served in the Vietnam War and helped kill a fair amount of people during that war. My son is currently serving in the Marine Corps as a machine gunner.

        You know, the Nazis had a similar statement back in the late 1930s. If you want to carry gun join the Wehrmacht. They were into gun control then too.

        “stop making other country’s like us fight the battles you created in the first place with your outrageous laws.”

        The right to keep and bear arms is the right to defend yourself, and your family. The police have no legal obligation to protect you as an individual in the U.S. (and probably in Australia, unless you can sue them and win if they fail to protect you). Also when seconds count and your family is being attacked the police will at best be minutes away.

        “i read your modernized sentence, and it basically said it was written so we “America” have the right to be the higher power over anyone else as we can shut you down with excessive force if need be. there fore giving us our Freedom. Right?”

        I honestly do not understand your point here. The right to keep and bear arms in America is an American right and Australia or the U.K. can do whatever they please.

        “just sounds like more useless jargin saying violence is the way to go, or at least threatening it.”

        Again, no idea where you are coming from. I do not like violence. I have lived over six decades and have seen violence, and the detritus it leaves more often than I would have liked to, but I believe I have a basic, innate human right to self defense and a basic innate human right to defend those I love.

        regards,

        lwk

      • Omg dude go away! Clearly have to much time on your hands! My blog is my opinion! Like it or lump it! States in the title if you don’t like my opinion then go read someone else’s blog!

      • “My blog is my opinion!”

        It is largely uninformed opinion as far as I can see. You know little or nothing about the U.S. and the problems we face. I don’t spend a lot of time pontificating to Australians on how to run their country. I know that there is a lot I don’t know. You are obviously not restrained by the same principle of ignorance. 🙂

        I do however remember some memorable nights with some Australians I could admire at the Waltzing Matilda Inn in Kowloon, Hong Kong when it was a British territory and were united in killing a common enemy in southeast asia.

        regards,

        lwk

  3. “Something ill never understand is the NRA.”

    Probably not. I doubt you know anything about it other than what some biased liberal media talking head has told you.

    The NRA was founded after the American Civil War to promote rifle practice and marksmanship. Today it is a major force in firearms competitions in the United States and has worked very hard to promote firearms safety training. If allowed the NRA will for no cost teach its Eddie Eagle program in schools, typically early grades, where they teach children if they see a gun laying around to go tell an adult. They don’t try to indoctrincate kids to want to grow up and be NRA members or buy guns. They just try to teach a simple and important safety lesson. But anti-gun bigots who hate guns more than they love children have worked tirelessly to keep gun safety training out of schools.

    “… and I think [the NRA] are the main reason why the laws stand as they do.”

    The NRA has power only to the extent that it represents the interests and desires of millions of Americans. The idea that is buys off politicians with deep pockets (as some claim) is patently ridiculous. To put it into perspective the pharmaceutical industry is at least 100x as profitable than the personal firearms industry and if anyone is buying politicians, they have the money to do so. They also have the motive. See:

    Guns And Drugs
    http://free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/guns-and-drugs/

    “…the right to own a gun is written somewhere in there constitution. which was written years ago.”

    The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that the “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Pretty straight forward. There is a part about a “well regulated militia” but that is purely explanatory as to the Founder’s intent. In the Federalist Papers, a series of articles written by writers of the Constitution to defend adoption of the Constitution, the intent was clearly stated. They said plainly that if the Federal government veered onto a course of tyranny that an armed populace, acting under state control in militias, could use force of arms to defeat the Federal government.

    Most recently the Supreme Court ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, just like the right to free speech in the 1st Amendment.

    “..so cant something like that be re written with modernised laws with things that happen today.”

    Because the 2nd Amendment is part of the Constitution it would require a two thirds majority of both the House and Senate to change it. A simple majority is not enough.
    There is another way through a Constitutional Convention but that has never been attempted, yet.

    “…its the supporters of the NRA because they don’t want to have there beloved weapons taken away from them. weapons they have stacked up at wall mart like shoes.”

    Just for the record, those parts of the U.S. where there are lots of NRA members with guns “stacked up [like] at (sic) wall mart stores” that are some of the safest.

    The most dangerous areas are typically inner cities, with a War on Drugs, and highly restrictive gun control laws.

    The homicide rate in the U.S. overall is something like 4.7 per 100K, a relatively high number, but you need to understand it is an average. Most of the country is far less and just as safe as Australia. It is these cities that make it appear ghastly:

    Homicide rates per 100,000:

    New Orleans 62.1
    Detroit 35.9
    Baltimore 29.7
    Newark 25.4
    Miami 23.7
    Washington D.C. 19
    Atlanta 17.2
    Cleveland 17.4
    Buffalo 16.5
    Houston 12.9
    Chicago 11.6

    Look at New Orleans. A lot of war zones are safer than that.

    Remember the U.S. as a whole is 4.7. So to get 4.7 as an average, you see how bad some concentrated areas are (as above). There are numerous reasons for this that have little to do with guns. One part is that the unintended consequences of social legislation starting in the 1960s absolutely destroyed the black family in the inner cities. What we really have is a huge social problem caused by extrordinarily bad policies. But politicians can’t admit they caused the problems, and the media helps them lie by saying it is the guns.

    It isn’t.

    regards,

    lwk

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