An American Facebook friend wrote something I liked on his wall:
Only in America: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/tx/7528619.html It’s not that I’m pro-gun control (I have no strong opinions either direction), but some are sure able to demonstrate a lack of responsibility in their gun ownership. What’s a people to do?
He wrote this status in reference to the story of a kindergartner who brought a loaded gun to a school, injuring himself and two others when it fired after falling from his pocket. I too don’t have a strong opinion of whether citizens should own guns or not. The issue is very debatable both ways. Here are some reasons why people buy guns:
Killing and Protecting
There will always be thieves and criminals out there. Some of those have guns and they don’t hesitate to use them. Knowing this fact, some good people feel it is necessary to own a gun to be able to protect their family or their business when in danger. On the other hand, we know some people are crazy and lack common sense should those people own guns? The purpose of a gun is to eliminate humans. It is a killing machine, isn’t it?
Jordanian parents reading the story of the kindergartner, above, will be shocked. Judgment of bad American parenting will be the first to come in mind. Mind you, their children might be attending a wedding or Tawjihi celebration happening in the neighborhood at 11pm under the fire of kalashnikovs. For non-Jordanian readers, celebrations in Jordan is usually accompanied by shooting live bullets into the sky. It is not rare that some people are killed during these celebrations. Although, Jordanian law bans this unexplainable behavior people still do it.
Some cultures like in Jordan and USA men like firearms. For those men, it is a away to show masculinity. And oh man, Midwesterners like guns a lot. In Missouri, a car dealership quadrupled his business after starting giving guns for free with every car sold [story].
How about this story to explain how guns can be used to terrorize others:
Fundamentalist Christian pastor Terry Jones who recently incited riots in Afghanistan following Koran-burning rumors is planning an armed rally at the largest mosque in the US.
Jones said his rally will continue as planned, and that he comes in peace – with guns. He claims the protest is not against Islam, but radical Muslims. He claims his fight is not about hate, but about standing up for America.
Do you think countries that ban its citizens from buying guns or have very strict pro-gun control are safer?
Would you still have the same belief if the government is corrupt and not trustworthy like oppressing its citizens?
In the United Kingdom, the majority of police officers do not carry firearms. I don’t know much about crime rates in UK but I just think it is a bad idea that policemen do not carry guns. Are there any other countries with the same policy? Do you think it is good or bad? Do you think UK is safer because of that?
What is your thought that you can own a gun for protection but in the same time your crazy neighbor, Abu Fulan, is also having one in his house?