maydijo wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:37 pm
So, while the law is on the books, it would seem like not all states do an adequate job enforcing it.
There are laws on the books that say mass murder (or even single murders) are illegal. With the quantity of guns sloshing around, anybody intent on perpetrating such an atrocity is not going to be deterred by possession of firearms being illegal nor is he going to find it difficult to obtain the hardware.
I wonder whether the possession of firearms changes some men's outlook. If they had not had affection for firearms and access to guns earlier in their lives, would they be wishing to do these vile deeds in later life?
I find it difficult to believe that there are lots of men in those other countries in the table fantasizing about how they wish they could gain revenge by wreaking carnage on their neighborhood church, school, college campus, etc., but they are thwarted only by the non-availability of guns. There is a thread of violence and a motif of bloody revenge running through American society.
Also, guns don't just replace less lethal weapons; I'm fairly sure I saw statistics some years ago saying that the US's violent crime levels using knives and other non-firearms are roughly equal to other comparable countries.