In Reply to: Re: Bowling for the truth - Michael Moore's documentary posted by marina on April 11, 2003 at 22:16:28:
It's probably true that we have a higher homicide rate than other industrialized nations.
Perhaps the answer is tighter control, but better education.
I havn't owned a gun since I was a kid, but as a kid I had to go through a training class before I was allowed to go hunting, or even go to target practice.
What sort of educaton they have now, I don't know.
But this I do know, if someone is going to use a gun in a criminal way, they will get a gun, whether guns are restricted or not.
We have the right to bear arms in this nation, and to take away that right would be criminal.
My suspicion is that the most of the homicides committed probably had to do with criminals killing criminals. Of course innocent people get murdered too, but most of these homicides are done between criminals.
I used to work for the Medical Examiners Office here in Portland, OR. For years, the company I worked for would send guys out onto crime scenes to remove the corpses for the ME's office.
My observation with murders: it was usually a criminal being killed by a criminal. Not always, but usually.
I'm not saying that criminals killing criminals is a good thing, but it certainly puts a different light on the subject.
I mean, someone with a murderous heart will kill with a knife if they can't their hands of a gun.
There are deeper issues to the high homicide rate in the USA beyond guns.
To coin a worn out phrase: GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE.