Quote:Every time some act of gun violence or some terrible mass shooting happens, we either get the media or some political pundits who start to call for stricter gun laws, or who are going to start bashing the NRA, etc. I'm wondering how long this will take. So far, luckily, it seems that people have been focusing on mourning the victims and praising the police. I hope that this remains the case. But I'm sure that it's just a matter of time before this starts.
As I said below in the jesusfan's thread (Cut n paste) There really is only one solution to the problem at hand.
Get rid of the guns. Get rid of the right to bear arms, get rid of sale of military grade weaponry to civilians. Just start getting rid of it all. Round up people who have these ridiculous weapons and turn them over.
In my opinion, there should not, nor should there ever be, a legal right to access something that can end the life of another human.
I read recently that to get a gun in Japan, you have to attend a class held monthly subject to availability and then pass a written test. You have to take and pass a shooting range test. Then you have to have a drug test, and a mental test which get filed with the police. Then finally you have your background thoroughly checked and if there is the merest sniff of criminal activity or being part of a group that is injurious or harmful to others you are denied. Then if you pass all that, you have to keep your weapon and ammo locked away in separate units. The police have to inspect your setup once a year, and you retake the gun class and the exam every three years. Japan has virtually eliminated gun death.
Sorting out guns in the USA I imagine will be akin to straightening teeth, its going to be painful, and take time. But that saying of omelettes and eggs is so true, it really does need drastic action or else shootings like this are just going to be par for the course of being an American, to be an American it seems, is to live in greater risk of being shot than in most other "western" nations.