Anarch Allegiere wrote:I got a few other thoughts to add to this subject.
It's not only in the US that events like these are transpiring, in European countries and other modernized western countries these things are happening more and more often too.
No, you cant draw comparisons between the "ad hoc" events in the last 10 years in European countries and the events in the US.. Finland was a unique situation comparable to the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma.
Schools and public areas are not attacked on an increasingly regular basis, and the reaction to the 1997 shooting at a school in Scotland, resulted in the final banning of hand guns because of public pressure.
Anarch Allegiere wrote:I think it's just a given that as population numbers keep increasing this will keep on happening more often. The population of Earth is going up at an exponential rate and so obviously are the amount of crimes and murders that happen every day or even every second.
Popular theory in sociology is that people will start respecting life less the higher the population density becomes, not just for government but also civilians. Gun-control would be nothing but a band-aid in the end that lessens the severity of attacks like these, but will not be able to fight the rising number of events like these.
No disagree.. statistically you may think that if there are more people, there are more gun related crimes and deaths.. India, Japan, Singapore, Korea, .. as the populations have increased, there is no specific correlation in this.. AND.. Japan, India, Korea.. (incredible density in their cities) they have very very strict gun laws and subsequently.. Mumbai or Tokyo (populations of tens of millions) are very safe to walk around.. unlike comparative cities of Washington DC, Los Angeles
The banning of hand guns in the UK in 1997 resulted in a 40% decrease in gun related crime.. the population of the UK has increased by 7- 8 million in that time to over 62million in an geographical area, a third of the size of the State of Texas, and has fewer gun incidents than Dade County in Florida...
So I would disagree on the respect for life and the correlation in density and size of population.
Common sense tells you .. in a population which is defined as having 25% of its population suffering from some form of mental illness and then add 83 guns per 100 people... well.. you do the Maths and probability of that lethal concoction.
Monkey with a machine gun comes to mind... they can pull triggers you know !!!!