Generic wrote:I am wholly unconvinced at the argument that removing Americans' legal access to guns will put an end to violent crime.
And you would be entirely right. Criminals will commit crime. They alway shave. Always will. (EDIT...Sorry, That is meant to say "They alway have. Always will." I'm pretty sure that criminals don't always shave)
What it completely puzzling to most Australians is why Americans what to have millions of deadly weapons floating around. The idea that somehow owning a gun can somehow defend you from being the victim of crime is pure fantasy. The simply fact is, the vast majority of assult, sexual assault etc occurs domestically. The victim and attacker are usually known to each other. The presence of guns will not stop these, only exacerbate them.
When it comes to the 'random' type crimes like burglary, where the victim is not known to the attacker - again, all the presence of a gun will do is to potentially escalate a petty crime to a homicide. I have twice caught burglars in my house. Both times, teenage kids nicking cameras, jewelley, CDs etc. Both times - they run away, I call the police, insurance company pays me, I buy new stuff. Minor inconvenience - but nobody hurt. I shudder to think how those incidents may have played out if there had been any sort of firearms in the vicinity
Generic wrote:Second of all, are there no hunters in Australia? Hunting is a huge sport over here in the U.S., and especially in rural areas many people kill and prepare their own meat to be more self-reliant and save money.
Guns are very useful tools for managing feral animals. Pigs, goats, rabbits, foxes etc need to be shot. Some people like to shoot these things for fun as well. And there is nothing stopping people with legitimate uses for a gun from owning one, so long as they are properly licensed to do so. Owning a deadly firearm is an activity licensed by State to those who have been assessed as having met a certain set of conditions . It is not a "right".