This poll is regarding the controversy around gun laws. It was also inspired by the death of Christina Grimmie a couple days ago! RIP
- Guns are the problem - if people didn't have access to guns, there wouldn't be as many murdersVote A
- People are the problem - even if guns were banned, people would still find a way of killingVote B
Most Helpful Guy
I wouldn't say that guns are per se the problem, HOWEVER what most Americans don't get is that A CULTURE OF GUNS is a huge problem. For anyone having ever travelled outside of the US, this becomes more than obvious. Let's take Japan as an example. Yes, Japan has murderers to, no doubt about it. The question: how many? The result: The murder rate in the Japan is 1.02 per 100,000, in the US, it's 5 times higher. Japan has 0.6 guns per 100 citizens, America has 88.8 per 100 citizens. America has ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY EIGHT times MORE guns than Japan. It's hard to completely grasp how much that even is.
America is BY FAR the most violent country among all developed countries. And it gets even more insane: in America, more people are killed with firearms every year than in Iraq. In other words: the US is more violent than a failed state in the middle east that used to be a war zone until recently. Conservative Americans don't know this but several foreign countries (such as Greece or Australia) issue official warnings to their citizens traveling to America to watch out because the gun violence in the US is a serious threat to these foreign tourists. America is a very violent place and it is also by far number one in gun possession. Anyone who claims this is pure coincidence is either very stupid or tries really hard to remain ignorant.
Psychos exist anywhere, even in the most peaceful society. And yet, gun crime rates in western Europe, east Asia or Oceania are nowhere close to what they are in the US.
Perhaps the best example of how culture/mentality makes a huge difference is my country Switzerland. Switzerland is very popular among conservative Americans because it's apparently a proof for how gun possession doesn't necessarily lead to crime (Switzerland is currently the 5th safest country in the world). The problem is that these conservative Americans know very little about the status of guns here. Yes, Swiss people have a lot of guns - but NOT because we like them. Contrary to the US, Switzerland's army service is mandatory for all men. After your service is completed, you are REQUIRED to keep your rifle at home, in case a foreign country attacks us and there is little respond time. This system is called "armed neutrality" and it is based on a militia-style army. No Swiss person would consider it "fun" to walk around with his/her guns and feel all proud about it. Guns are something we keep in our closet at home and the only time we take them out is for0
Most Helpful Girl
Let's just say, it's harder to do a mass murder with a knife. A gun sprays bullets in every direction within seconds. Mass murders would drop considerably without guns.
The UK has had 7 mass shootings since 1849 and America has 7 since Monday. America had 1000 mass shootings in 1260 days. It's unheard of in my country. Removal of the guns would be a good decision.1