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Gun controls

That's a twist for you: a 'right-wing' UK newspaper saying that the Arizona shootings justify tightening of gun controls in the USA.

I don't know where I stand on gun ownership. I have a pet theory that the 'safest' societies are on the extremes: where nobody has guns, or where everybody has guns (viz the Swiss). On the one hand if it was harder for nutters to get hold of guns, there might be fewer of these mass murders. Or murders and firearm accidents in general. But you have to weigh up the cost of policing gun ownership and look at how effectively it's done (viz South Africa). On the other hand if plenty of people had been armed in that parking lot, the nutter might've not been able to shoot so many people. Again, you have to weigh up the cost (increased murders?) of widespread gun ownership with the benefits (discouraging murders, self-defense etc.)

Personally, I don't own a gun, never have, never want to. I grew up with friends who had BB guns and the like and was a shottist at school for a while, so it's not like I'm a stranger to guns, but on balance I prefer living in a society where nobody's packing (and where nobody feels the need to). But just because I feel that way doesn't mean it's the right, or best way for things to be.

{2011.01.11 - 17:36}

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