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Poll: What do You Think About Guns?

There are currently over 10,000 gun laws in the US. Many people aren’t aware of this. In order to purchase a firearm, a background check is also done, too, including at gun shows, despite what the media reports. This is required by law.

The media does everything it can to make it sound like there are a lot of gun-related killings in the US, though the number is actually low enough as to make shootings of law-abiding citizens rare. The media also doesn’t like pointing out that most shootings that involve more than one victim, such as at schools, are done in places where guns are illegal; “gun-free zones”. They also ignore the fact that legal gun owners prevent up to 3 million crimes per year, including shootings, rapes, and other violent crimes.

It is also interesting that every time the media starts talking about increasing gun control, gun and ammunition sales increase significantly and more people join gun organizations like the NRA.

What do you think about guns in the US?

  • Do you support stronger and more restrictive gun control laws in the US?

    • Yes
    • No, criminals who use guns don’t follow laws
    • No, but something needs to be done about gun violence
    • I’m undecided
    • It makes no difference to me because I don’t live in the US
  • Who is responsible for a gun-related killing?

    • The guns
    • The person pulling the trigger
    • Society
    • The government
  • Time after time, it has been shown that the largest number of shootings occur in places that have the strongest and most restrictive gun laws in the US. Knowing this, are you in favor or stronger laws or gun bans?

    • Yes
    • No
    • I’m not sure
    • I don’t care what happens in the US

What do you think?

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Written by Rex Trulove

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  1. The one who pulls the trigger is responsible for a shooting death, but society may have helped push him to pull the trigger. Laws that protect criminals also make shootings more likely. Criminals with murder in their hearts won’t be stopped by tougher gun laws — only by tougher enforcement of laws against harming innocent people.

  2. It’s like illegal drugs, prohibiting something won’t stop it from happening.
    I don’t think we should remove them entirely, but more education and training towards the matter must be done. Banning doesn’t solve anything, indeed.

    • That is entirely true. It is the reason my belief is that to address gun violence, we need to address the mental issues of the potential shooters. Addressing the guns and gun laws does nothing at all except take the power to defend ourselves out of the hands of the people.

  3. I’m not from the US so I don’t know all the gun laws. But I do know about a few shooting cases – both in and outside US.

    I’ve heard of some experts that analysis a few shooting cases, some of the shooter actually were victims of bully and probably reached out for help but were ignored.

    I think society plays a small part too … although its not always the case. I can only say for those “famous” cases which were brought up

    • What sort of surprises me is how many people in other countries tend to think that shootings are commonplace in the US. They are actually rare, but the media likes to make it sound like they are everyday events, all over the US.

  4. I do not live in USA, but you have asked the right questions about the law on weapons.
    In Serbia, you must not kill a burglar either in the house or in the yard.
    He is responsible for the incident, or a breakdown, and we are for murder.

    As far as I know you are forbidden to shoot him in the back.

    • In the US, in most places anyway, you are permitted to protect your property, family, and your own life. We have what is called ‘justifiable homicide’. However, you are only permitted to use the level of force that is needed to protect your property, family, and life. That means that if a person picks up a stick from the ground and comes at you with the intention of hitting you with it and there is a bigger stick that you can get your hands on, you should use that bigger stick rather than a gun.

      Each shooting that does occur is handled on a case by case basis, though. If a 250-pound man tells a 90-pound woman that he is going to rape her and then pushes her down on the ground and unzips his pants, she has the right to pull out her gun and shoot him. She doesn’t actually need to wait for him to start raping her and her actions would be justifiable.

    • I totally agree. Guns are a tool, nothing more. There are actually people who are saying that people don’t kill, guns kill. I’m not kidding. For the last 10 years of my father’s life, he had a half-dozen deer rifles that were kept in the gun cabinet and weren’t fired because he wasn’t in good enough shape to shoot them. If guns kill, every one of those rifles must have been defective since they didn’t kill anything at all.

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