Haven't been on this board in a while, but this VT massacare has got me pretty upset.
I've debated countless times with gun lovers over gun control. There logic is so deeply flawed. Let me point out what I think are a few big obvious realities they miss:
1. less guns = less gun deaths. There's really no way around this fact. Every country with strict gun laws has less people dying of guns. It's real simple. I'm not sure what the big disconnect is on this. England, Italy, Sweden, Canada, they all have minimal gun deaths. They have plenty of "criminals" who have supposed "access to the black market"...yet for some reason, they don't have the gun rampages we do. Interesting, no?
Sure, people get murdered. You can't prevent that. But for god's sakes, killing somebody with an axe and killing a bunch of people with an AR-15 are two different things entirely. An axe has a purpose outside of being purely engineered to kill as many people as possible. I"m not talking about preventing the unpreventable. I'm saying prevent the preventable.
2. "Guns don't kill people, people kill people" - True, but guns make killing lots of people very easily. And let's face it, guns have one purpose, to kill. You can't cut your steak with them, you can't hammer your nails in with them, you can't scratch your ass with them, etc. At least you have a fighting chance with a hammer or a knife. I'd rather face a knife than a gun any day (I've faced both in my life, mind you, I"m not just making this shit up).
3. "Oh, if only the students were armed, or the teachers were armed, they could've prevented it from happening." That's retarded. That's all we need, shoot outs at the kegger and pep rallys whenever some wanna be gangsta wants to impress a chick. Forget Cho, there'd be plenty of dead VT students just from campus shootouts.
It also reminds me of the cold war logic, MAD, mutually assured destruction. Like pointing a bunch of nukes at each other made the world a safe place. People will say "oh but see how nuclear war never happened!". Well, imagine if it did. Hell, it almost. The solution isn't arming kids, it's asking ourselves this: How the hell does a person with a green card and a history of mental illness get 2 guns and over 1000 rounds of ammunition? And we still don't think there is a problem?