Hypothetical question. There is no more guns on our streets, would the crime rate go down?
- Just look at human history prior to the existence of guns and you should have your answer.
- breakfast: yes that is what would take place, they would laugh you out of the bank.
- if you could somehow vaporize all the guns on planet earth simultaneously, yes, gun crimes would go down by 100%.
ilovettatt2 posted two tables of interesting statistics of gun violence. What is notable is that the countries with little gun violence are basically homogeneous societies, unlike the US which is heterogeneous. Moreover, the US has perhaps as many as 12 million persons in the country illegally. We have people here from all over the world, who come from different political structures, different cultures, and different belief systems. People don't change over night. It takes time and education, education that problems are solved through the ballot box and not by the gun. None of the other developed countries listed in the table have these particular problems in such great numbers as the US.
It should also be noted that the US has taken in, legally and illegally, large numbers of persons from the countries that are listed as nations with high rates of gun violence. These people need time to adapt to their new country and learn that political problems are solved through the ballot box and not by gun violence. So to be fair one must compare the US with a nation that has a similar population mix.
It would also be interesting to see the statistics for France, which is surprisingly not listed in ilovettatt's tables.
Stricter gun laws are merely a band aid on the problem. Though it won't solve the problem overnight, education and better access to mental health facilities are the way to a permanent solution.
you're an idiot and a racist. please post stats on gun crimes that are caused by immigrants in the US. you have to back your crazy assertions there.
Also those other countries with low gun crime rates have a varied population as well. Stop talking out of your ass.
far right, far left.... the answer is in the middle somewhere....
in the meantime...... molon labe
Making guns illegal would not take them off the streets.
Crime would not go down.
gun related crime would go down.
CRIME would not.
gun related crime would not END, but go down.
what would disappear is mass shooting sprees. Not gun crime, not crime itself. And that's good enough.
For goodness sakes, two punk ass kids went to a department store and bought a pressure cooker and went online for instructions on how to make it deadly. They killed 3 and maimed 264. The number dead could have easily been in the dozens if circumstances were slightly different.
Evil sick people have existed and killed long before guns, and will continue to do disgusting acts no matter what tool they choose to use.