Posted by MMMMarcia on April 26, 1999 at 13:11:58:
In Reply to: Re: Violence and history, has anything changed? posted by Ilse on April 26, 1999 at 11:48:44:
: Now, in the US another choice is made, and seen as a freedom. I cannot judge or condemn that because it is not my country. However, following the news, I can conclude that the powerful pro-gun lobby finds this and the other tragedies an acceptable price to pay. And to me, personally, that is a bitter conclusion.
Ilse, I am inclined to agree with you on this issue. (Sorry, Champ). I know that it's the "person" and not the "gun" which is responsible for the killing, but I think these horrible incidents will continue to escalate as long as it is so easy for kids to acquire guns. I understand that some people can handle the responsibility of owning guns, but others cannot and do not. Possibly there is no easy answer, but something has to be done make it much more difficult for these weapons to be distributed so widely. And I don't really believe anyone, anywhere, outside of law enforcement and the military, needs an assault weapon. Certainly not for any legitimate purpose I can think of.
I don't mean to be argumentative, but in my heart, I know America's attitude towards guns is off-base somewhere. It's very sad. Surely there is some midground between taking all guns away from our citizens and having them so easily available that we need metal detectors at our schools!
And speaking of metal detectors, I can assure you that when I graduated from high school (back in the DARK AGES...1962), not one student in my school of over 2,000 would have dreamed of taking a weapon of any kind to school. It was absolutely unheard of. We did not, unlike today, have a resident policeman at our school, nor dogs searching for drugs or guns in our lockers, nor dealers hanging out on the atheletic fields. Something has changed somewhere, and in this case, not for the better. Whatever the answer to this problem is, we'd better be looking for it VERY hard. This level of violence is totally unacceptable in any civilized society.
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