then again, guns still need to be severely restricted. there will always be lunatics around us but i'd prefer if those lunatics didn't have access to assault rifles.
Indeed. If a lunatic is set on going on a killing spree using an assault rifle, it's very hard to prevent that. However, strict gun laws do work.
In Flanders, Belgium, we had a shooting in 2006: some lunatic was set to go on a killing spree on the street before a police officer was able to shoot him down (he killed 2, seriously injured a 3rd person but an alert policer officer was able to take him down before he could go on). The man was part of a shooting club and was able to buy a rifle in a shop.The gun laws have toughened up and since then, the gun incidents have been cut in half.
You can't prevent it from happening but tough gun laws can reduce the number of victims.
You can't totally prevent a person who is set on going on a killing spree. If he can't buy a gun legally, he'll find a way to buy it illegally. However, it shouldn't be that easy to buy a gun that can spew several bullets per second. If you want to buy a gun for defence against burglars or something, you don't need to buy a gun designed to go to war. People shouldn't be able to have easy access to that sort of gun.
In my newspaper, they listed a number of popular guns and how much it costs in average in the US to buy them:
- A Sig Sauer
, 9mm munition, fires 5 bullets per second, a small gun, easy to hide: $ 650 to $ 950.
- A Glock
, 9 mm munition, fires up to 5 bullets per second, including "hollow point" bullets (designed to maximise damage because they open up when entering a body), also easy to hide: $ 520 to $ 600
- A Bushmaster
: .223-kaliber, this is a semi-automatic weapon designed for warfare: $ 600 to $ 1000.
If I compare the prices of those weapons with what it would cost me to buy a brand new iPad from Apple or a computer, it's ludicrous that it's more expensive to buy an iPad or a laptop.
Then, there's the ads surrounding those guns. Bushmaster Firearms - Consider your man card reisssued
The killer in Connecticut used a Bushmaster.