Are stiffer gun control laws the answer?
It appears that the left has taken the approach to politicize
the Aurora Massacre to call for stricter gun laws and maybe even an outright
attack on the 2nd amendment. However, I suggest they look at Europe.
European countries do have strict laws. Even Switzerland, with the loosest, requires
a permit to buy a gun from a shop, while a mere written contract covers a
private sale. Britain outlawed pistols in 1997, a year after a man with four
licensed ones shot 16 children to death in a school playground in Dunblane,
Scotland. French licenses require a police and medical check and membership in
a gun club, and they expire after three years. It seems though that these laws
don’t deter anyone from committing violent crimes:
UK had a greater number of murders in 2007 than any other EU country – 927 –
and at a relative rate higher than most western European neighbors, including
France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
In Erfurt, Germany, an expelled student killed
13 teachers, 2 students, a policeman and himself.
In Nanterre, France, a psychiatric patient shot
dead 8 city councilors with no warning or explanation.
In September of 2001, a 57-year-old man angry
over a dispute with a bus driver threw a grenade and fired an assault rifle at
the regional legislature in Zug, Switzerland, killing 14.
In November of 2007 an 18 year old entered the
Jokela Hich School in Finland with a semi-automatic pistol. He killed eight
people and wounded one person in the toe before shooting himself in the head.
He died later that evening in a Helsinki hospital.
July 22, 2011. A 32-year-old Norwegian man bombed
the government center, killing 7 people, before heading to an island summer
camp for young members of the governing Labor Party and killing at least 80
Around the world, from Australia to England, countries that
have recently strengthened gun-control laws with the promise of lowering crime
have instead seen violent crime soar. In the four years after the U.K. banned
handguns in 1996, gun crime rose by an astounding 40%. Since Australia's 1996
laws banning most guns and making it a crime to use a gun defensively, armed
robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and
kidnappings by 43%. While murders fell by 3%, manslaughter rose by 16%.
Looking at this we should all be able to see that gun laws
are not the problem. The problem I see is enforcement and stiffer penalties. What do you think?
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