Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold
Worked in Oz, where firearm related deaths have almost halved since tough ownership restrictions were put in place following the Port Arthur massacre in '96.
Has it stopped it altogether? No, as you've noted there'll always be lunatics on a mission. But the figures don't lie. Isn't it at least discussion worthy as a nation? Isn't it at least worth considering we may have seen a very different outcome if the recent shooter didn't have such easy access to a ready made arsenal in his mothers cupboard? 26 people also had a right to defend themselves too.....but that argument didn't really work out too well for them, did it?. As it stands that Einstein quote is speaking volumes. Especially given no one even wants to have the conversation to begin with.
I'd never be so bold as to try and dictate to American opinion from an armchair in Melbourne, Australia. But the head in the sand approach just seems too silly to not pass comment on too. Ultimately, whether you "should" or "shouldn't" is an issue for the American people. But blind Freddie could tell you that you should at least be willing to have the discussion and lay all the cards on the table.
What worked for Australia and the rest of the world simply will not work here, We already have states separating from the union at the mere thought of banning guns and they are tired of the federal government getting too big and controlling. I simply do not want to live in a country where you do not have the ability to defend yourself. May be time to move back to Texas or Oklahoma where they will never ban guns.
What do previous gun owners think about the bans in your country? Don't they feel naked? I am sure all the criminals turned in they're guns as well. What about rape? I hear that went way up.