Thanks Gary for this great clearing answer. The thing you said about the statistic of killing a familymember by a fit of rage is one of the things which concerns me as well. It was also the purpose of this thread to here something about that. Everyone is different and some people are more emotional then others. I think rage is very dangerous when you own a gun. With rage you are not able to think proper and especially in the less educated and lower-class areas (you know what I mean) owing a gun is asking for trouble. Rage also occurs after drinking or using of drugs. This must be also giving a lot of problems with (emotional and uncontrolled)killings.
Last year a former UN soldier who stayed in African countries and Bosnia killed 4 of his family-members in my neighbourhood. Its not even easy to get an illegal gun here (it was obiously easier for him to get it), but when legal this would probably happens more...........it was obvious that he wes mentally sick and out of control.
I agree 100% with both of you. On the news you hear so many stories about relatives killing other relatives. When a gun is right there and available to use, then often people end up dead. Without the gun right there in the house, maybe 5 minutes later the person would have "came to his senses" and then everyone would still be alive. That's what scares me most about guns, that someone will use them during brief fit of rage when they just lose control.
Just last night, on the news, they showed a story of a boy who was to graduate form High School today. Instead, a couple of days ago his Father (probably in a fit of rage) shot the boy, his 21 year old brother, his wife, and then himself. A whole family wiped out in minutes. The remaining family says they want his cousin to attend the graduation today so that they can bury the boy with his diploma. Very sad story.
I cant understand why anyone would want to own something thats sole purpose is to injure or kill. It's not like guns have a use other than this. I think this just shows how wrong society is today. I am proud to come from a country where people cant just keep guns in their homes. Gun crimes are a lot more common in the US than Europe - this shows that having tighter laws on ownership does make a difference. I have never even seen a gun and hope it stays that way for the rest of my life. I think they should be banned completely.
I cant understand why anyone would want to own something thats sole purpose is to injure or kill.
Like I said before, I have never owned a gun. They are very scary to me. However, If someone broke into my house with the intent to injure me then I would definitely wish that I had a gun (and to use it for exactly the use you describe above). I personally don't see anything wrong with injuring, or killing someone, that has entered your house with the intent to harm you.
I saw once on famous COP-TV how 6 to 8 heavily armed cops gunned down in cold blood a drunk armed only with a knife.
They did not shoot for the knife, or the knees.
They shot to kill.
They obviously have not been trained to use their batons to disarm a drunk wielding a knife.
Away with guns in America.
That is a very general statement JIN. But if someone starts to reach for something and doesn't put their hands up (to show they don't have a weapon) I would not be willing to risk my life hoping it is only a knife. And anyone trained with guns know that you aim for the largest part of the body. Never a hand or even the head. I say this as my opinion as I have never been in that situation and can only imagine.
Actually, to the person who said that there are no European countries where guns are legal, I believe that in Switzerland, it is compulsory to own a gun for national defense, although I expect this is a rifle.
As a result, crimes against property are extremely low!