Well I thought I may as well throw my hat into the ring on this subject.
Since The Sandy Hook Massacre the issue of firearms has once again taken center stage with some hoping it would help led to stricter gun laws.
Sorry for my cynical view but I doubt much will change, the reactions to Columbine and Virginia Tech weren't much different.
But this isn't the main point of this post, My main point is problem I have with NRA idiots.
I personally don't mind the ownership of firearm but I also think there should be strong regulation in reguards to them ie; training in use and
storage, type of firearm a person can own etc.
Having said that I have to say that I cannot find it in me to agree with the US gun rights lobby, they have proven themselves dogmaticlly unwilling to agree to any firearm regulation no matter it's form, or even to the idea that Ameirca has a prolem when it comes to guns. They make the 'Free Tibet' movement look reasonably.
I've had the misfortune to argue with gun nuts on a number of occasion and they refuse to listen to any point, I once pointed out in the year 1973 at the height of The Troubles in Northern Ireland there were around 250 murders in Belfast while in Detroit in the same year there were over 700 murders. The guy's response was to brush this off and say that Detroit hads a higher population than Belfast, so the fact that there was a three way hit and run guerrilla war in Northern Ireland at the time means nothing to these people.
Along with this they ignore the fact that most people aren't shot by criminals, most people are shot by family members or friends during domestic incidents or most criminals who use guns steal them from the homes of people who buy them legally.
They also bring up that Switzerland has a high level of gun ownership but low crime, while this mostly true, they overlook the fact that Switzerland has conscription so people have military training, psychological evaluations etc
I may or many not add to this later for now leave your opinion in the comment section.