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Friday, December 10, 2004

Guns Don't Kill People...

... Bullets Kill People

Another nut with a gun climbed a stage and wasted innocent people this week.

I firmly believe that that government governs best, which governs least. I think the bill of rights is critically important. And I think that responsible people have the right to buy guns to protect themselves, for sport and for their own reasons.

I also think that if a person steps out of line once with a gun, it should be all over. If you're a felon, a drug addict, a drunk, no guns. Here's something scary based on a FBI crime report:

"In 1996, handguns were used to murder 2 people in New Zealand, 15 in Japan, 30 in Great Britain, 106 in Canada, 211 in Germany, and 9,390 in the United States."


  • At 12:07 AM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…


    So what kind of places do you like to eat at? Steak? Chinese? Japanese? Mexican? Seafood? We got it all!

  • At 12:54 PM, Blogger Tony said…

    I agree. I wouldn't want to ban guns, but penalties for use should be very harsh. In my world, if you shoot at someone in the course of a crime, the punishment should be the same whether the innocent person survives or no or even if you miss them by a yardt: you used a lethal device, you have attempted murder and for me, that's the same as actually doing it.

  • At 3:43 PM, Blogger Piltdown Man said…

    And how exactly does creating harsh penalities lessen those statistics? In most places there are already severe penalties for crimes committed with guns.

    Someday, someone needs to show me the statiscal balance between how many people are shot with handguns each year and how many gung-ho gunslingers manage to "defend their families" with one.....

    Piltdown Man

  • At 8:25 PM, Blogger Stew Magoo said…

    I've seen these same stats. The major differences between the countries listed and the US is the enforcement. You rarely hear of gun crimes in China for instance, that's because they kill you. Immediately.

    US criminals are pretty much generally treated to three squares and a quick punchout for early parole. Where's the penalty?

  • At 9:28 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    I agree. We have enough laws, but not the right kind og enforcement. What about training for the gun owners? Don't scoff; I personally trained sailors in the Navy to handle pistols and rifles - folks who had already been trained in boot camp - and you would be shocked at the basic safety that they didn't know. It isn't like running a VCR. What kind of training do you think they get when buying a gun at Wal*Mart? That's why having a gun in the house results in 22 family injuries or deaths for every bad guy stopped with the gun.


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