Friday, December 14, 2012

A Tragedy

Canada is one country out of 193 and most Canadians currently think we can do nothing about our economy; yet when one person out of seven billion uses a gun to kill we think we know the problem and how to solve it.

Either we as a society recognize our ability to shape and influence our situation in the world or we don`t, we can`t do both.


Jeremy said...

Guns must be banned completely and totally. This means no guns whatsoever. Secondly we must spot the people who are troubled and may commit an offence of violence then we must embrace them and show compassion. If we as a society helps a troubled person we have then created an inhibitor for them and they will feel loved. said...

Jeremy, I agree with 90% of what you said.

I have a few problems with the idea that guns must be banned completely. The first is that the suggestion only appears to be really argued for after a tragedy; its proponents seem to lose they're ability to campaign, speak up, and fundraise at any other normal time. This almost opportunistic whim detracts from the credibility of the position.

The second problem I have is that I don't see guns as the prime cause behind this and other gun-related incidences. Poor provision of mental health and social programs seems to be the driving force, not just behind gun violence but also behind other serious violent incidences.

The Mound of Sound said...

I assume Jeremy is an urban dweller. If he lived anywhere that humans could be prey for serious predators he would realize his call for an outright ban is quite ridiculous. I have a firearm for predator protection and I carry it when I am travelling in the backwoods along fire roads or logging roads. That said I am a firm believer in strict gun control.

This Newtown shooting comes in the same week that the final State was forced to rescind its concealed carry handgun ban. Sad isn't it.