As the U.S. continues to grapple with its gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Christiane Amanpour, host of CNNi’s “Amanpour,” joins “Starting Point” Wednesday to discuss international gun policies and how changes have been made around the world to decrease gun-related murders.
“Remember in 1996 in Scotland, children the same ages as those in Sandy Hook Elementary School were massacred," Amanpour explains. "In that case, they banned the easy access to handguns. They also put in a buy back scheme. They also then backed that up with penalties and fines for any violations.”
“The fact is that it worked,” she adds.
The ABC Global Affairs anchor also notes that in Japan stricter laws than those in the U.S. have brought the gun-related murder rate down significantly.
“In order to have your basic air rifle [in Japan], you have to have a skills test, you have to have a license, you have to have a drug test, a mental evaluation, and you have to have police background check, file with the police, all sorts of fines,” Amanpour explains. In 2008, there were 11 gun-related deaths in Japan. In the same year, there were 12,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S.
Amanpour argues that the link between tighter gun laws and fewer gun-related deaths is not “brain surgery.” She adds that the United States needs to have a serious discussion about how to get “sensible laws.”
Australia imports, registers and allows ownership of semi-auto handguns. Semi-auto rifles & handguns are controlled at a higher level than bolt action rifles for example but a few are still allowed to posses them, such as professional pest controllers.
Trust a journalist to get basic facts wrong. Is laziness a universal job requirement to become a journalist?
Peer reviewed research has shown Australia's decline in firearm crime began before 1996 and continued the same trend after 1996.
If Australia's gun laws are so effective why are the leftists clamoring for more laws?
In the last couple of years Sydney has had near weekly shootings of houses, humans and cars with primarily illegal hand guns (which are subject to the highest level of control) nearly all of this crime is related to motor cycle and drug gangs.
Customs workers have recently been arrested for smuggling handguns into the country.
I do not understand why defending the 2nd amendment is considered 'fanatical'. I do not own a weapon but enjoy the freedom to have one if I so desire. Of course there is occasionally gruesome and disgusting violence, but the contract has been forged and we shall abide by it. If you disagree, I don't see why you can't move to a place with fewer freedoms and more 'peace'.
Just what we need, another foreigner telling us how to run our country.
The main problem I see is that the USA does not enforce the laws on the books. Just look at some of our cities where guns are already banned. How has Chicago done with enforcing their gun laws? It is not apples to apples when comparing the USA to other countries.
It's not brain surgery. Exactly! Assault weapons produce NO positives for society - only negatives. There is no logical argument against this simple fact. Ban assault weapons now. .
I understand we are upset about the massacre, which we can all agree it was, but shouldnt we be putting our focus on the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff which "our" president has led us to. All he needs to do is give us a push and he can watch us all plummit.
Someone might have to remind Ms Amanpour that 2 out of 200 countries do not make a complete data set. The goal is to reduce overall crime and murders, not simply shift the instrument of death to bombs and knives. Journalism is dead in America.
How has it worked in Scotland, murder is up 19% – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-16175439
Disarming this country leaves us open to invasion by foreign governments. Did you not learn in school that the US has not been invaded because so many of us have weapons? Take our guns away and see how long we last before we are invaded by China and Russia. They are just waiting for their chance.
Ok, so gun crime goes down. How about the stats on violent crimes in general, do they change? I doubt it. Evil people exist, and they will do as they will, no matter the tools provided to them. Show me a study that shows violent crimes on the whole are reduced meaningfully by restricting guns and I'll consider your arguments. Until then, I'll view them as what they are; cherry picking stats to make your argument sound better.
Simple fact is, the genie is out of the bottle and can never be put back in. So in absence of the ability to make all the guns in the world simultaneously disappear the next best thing is to educate, train, and arm responsible citizens to provide for their own protection and the protection of others.
If people really want legitimate gun rights there is a process of removing amendments from the constitution. So unless the government follows this proper procedure I am against any kind of legislation. Executive orders, passing bogus laws through congress. All of it is unconstitutional methods to restrict a constitutional right that many people don't seem to comprehend its importance anymore.
wwhy is it that when someone talks about gun laws that work, they talk about countries that are totally differant than here. I said it before we aree spoiled and greedy, we won't more than we need, Criminals want everything you want so they dont have to work hard for those things. I know i used to be one. We use to drink and make fun of the people worried about presidential debates and gun control. We used to say go ahead America, Make it easy for us to enter your front door. The Marines turned my life around, but thanks to my training and personal experience know my daughter and young sons sleep good at night with dad and his Ar-15 assault rifle standing post.
Her stat is misleading. What we need to see when comparing countries like GB and Japan is how many murders per capita there are. Doesn't matter if they are gun related or not. Show me that stat. Remember, PER CAPITA.
Everyone is quick to point out how the gun violence falls in these countries that have stricter gun laws than the US. But they never mention the other violent crimes and how those rates skyrocket once the criminals find out that the common person is defenseless. As for the uneducated, paranoid gun lovers of the US. Stand tall carry on! The US government will never dare take our guns by force, they know they will lose.
Japan would be an appropriate comparison if the US was homogeneous, had no border countries and had lived in a feudal state for centuries where the only real punishment was beheading.... maybe not such an appropriate comparison.
People always use these statistics and numbers to show why OTHER countries deal with the problem so well. In these instances, try to remember that Japan has a very different Culture and treat each other very well. They do not have an "inner city" with really poor people who live their lives in gangs and doing illegal activities. To take our country as a whole and then compare it to Japan for gun crimes, is very misleading. They could allow Japanese to own guns with no paperwork or process and they would still be very very low crime rate compared to America. Just silly.
Wow, she almost had me, but then reality set in.
First, not all 'gun related' deaths are bad. If a woman shoots a man trying to rape her, that's good.
A cop shoots a bank robber, that too is gun violence but that also is good.
As 'gun violence' goes down, and that goes down because law abiding citizens are unable to defend themselves, the overall violent crime rate goes up because the thugs know that their prey is unarmed and unwilling to defend themselves.
She's right, this isn't brain surgery, but to blame the acts of a person on an object is simply stupid. The gun does nothing, it doesn't come to life and start shooting, it's controlled by a person.
There are over 30,000 deaths each year in the United States because of cars. Nobody says that we should ban cars because that would be stupid. It's just as stupid to say that if we ban guns 'gun crime' will go down. In China today, a man ran over a dozen school kids. http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Chinese-man-drives-car-into-students-injuring-13-4144574.php
I'm not even sure how she speaks without laughing because she knows what she is saying is all garbage. She's probably laughing right thinking that there are actually people out there that are stupid enough to believe her.
CNN keeps wasting their money on fools that claim to be journalists. At least she isn't as vile of a person as Piers Morgan is although she is just as stupid, ignorant and bigoted.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Notice the justification given in the text of the amendment itself: “necessary to the security of a FREE State” (emphasis added). The right to own firearms has more to do with maintaining freedom than preventing crime. If the people are not armed then they are at the mercy of their government and can easily lose their freedoms. When the people are armed they can resist against their government if their government pushes too far and takes away too many of their freedoms. This gives rise to the saying: “The Second Amendment ensures all of the other amendments.” In other words, the only way to guarantee freedom is to have the ability to resist against those that would take it away from you. Martin Luther King and Ghandi would have been useless against someone like Hitler or Stalin. Power-hungry maniacs like that can only be stopped by force. Many European countries that tried to deal with Nazi Germany peacefully found that out the hard way. The occasional shooting is preferable to genocide at a national level. The media should be focused more on the psychotropic drugs these shooters were on.
I would love to see a politician undergo a mental health exam. Because let's face it. Political power is much more dangerous then any gun
What you failed to say was that other crimes in these areas INCREASED ! Home invasions murders Japan in fact is the ONLY country that it really worked ! due to Cultural differences ! The fact is if you have more gun control the crime rates will go up 30% its just they use a different method to commit a crime ! Why should I have to use a method of home Defense because others don't want to purchase a gun to defend themselves !
I LOVE how Piers Morgan and CNN constantly compares the United States to "other" countries as if we are in a never ending struggle to maintain both economic/military superiority AND moral superiority. GUESS WHAT! NO ONE GIVES A SHIT WHAT CNN THINKS THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE! I am pretty sure we didn't become the most powerful, giving, aspired nation in the world by doing things like "other countries"....
if gun owners get frug tested and mental health evaulations then any one getting a handout from the government either should be drug tested or forbidden from voting since your pockets are lined with government dole.
The United States Supreme Court has already determined that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. It is settled law. We are not going to be one of those countries where gun ownership is prohibited to the common citizen. Now deal with it or head for the exit.
The United States Supreme Court has already determined that the government has every right to regulate guns. The NRA propaganda that claims the government is planning to confiscate everyone's guns is total fabrication and a great example of the fanaticism that controls the NRA. The NRA is about taking advantage of vulnerable people by convincing them that someone/thing is out to take all the guns and using that fear to make fortunes off gun sales. The most disgusting and despicable behavior I can image. The reality is this country has no choice but to regulate military style assault weapons or become a 1980's Beirut society. The vast majority of American's will not accept that for our families without a fight.
What the hell is an assault weapon? They don't exist, the term was invented to describe weapons that look like military weapons, ignoring the fact that there are few, if any real differences when it comes to lethality. Folding stocks? Bayonet mounts? Pistol grips? Barrel shrouds? None of these things actually increase lethality, and large magazines are less reliable than smaller ones, and the time to changes mags is negligible, using a 9mm handgun with 7 round capacity magazines, I can get off well over 60 shots in under a minute,
At least try and make an effort to understand what you are talking about, hell, with 5 minutes of free time and a trip to Google you could probably fake knowledge.
I understand that the NRA can be seen as having an extreme point of view on the issue, but so does the anti-gun party. I feel that some action may be necessary, i.e. mental evaluations, drug testing, and education. I do not feel that banning anything has even been seen to work. There are several issues I have with all the comments made on this article, especially some of the facts. There is one extreme problem that I truly want people to address and that is the correlation of homicide to that of firearms. She touts the British policies however homicide has gone up since the regulations were strengthened, granted not with guns, but by other means. So I feel the way they imply that banning guns reduces murder is incorrect. Check out justfacts.com to get a good idea of the point I am trying to stress. Our society may seem terrible, but we are still seeing lower rates of crime than we have in 200 years. Feel free to check that fact out also. Just a few weeks ago they had an article in the news where New York made had a Monday without murder. Fantastic given population density! I understand that everyone needs to think about these issues, but remember that the worst massacres are normally caused by explosives not guns. Check out the Bath School Disaster to see how one of these tragic events can turn out in America. I feel the NRA statements were not very eloquent, but truthful. Try not to make the vast majority of law abiding gun owners pay for the sins of a lunatic. If this happens then his horror will forever be stitched into policy, and many of the true causes of these crimes will never be addressed.
The NRA hasn't claimed anything regarding to confiscation. However, several senators and state governor's have. So yes, some of us are concerned about that being proposed. Also – the term "Assault Weapon" is a mis-nomer. The Clinton era AWB attempted to regulate and ban certain features which were nothing more than cosmetic features of these firearms; pistol grips, telescoping stocks, etc. (the ban didn't do a thing to curtail crime by the way) A magazine-capacity ban is silly – all you need to do is just reload the spent magazine. These "assault-weapons" are no more deadly than any other firearm, they just have a cosmetic look that is parallel to a military style weapon. For some reason that makes people who know nothing about firearms terrified – which is a completely illogically reaction to them if you know anything about firearms.
Majority...how is 47% of non (legal) gun owners a majority? Even the brady camp says there is 50% of american households have a gun the fbi belive it to be higher at 53 to 56% LEGAL add 10% for illegal owners. How are you the majority? Second "assault wepons" have accounted for less than 2% of Firearm homicides since 1976.....do you think you will notice 2%? i doubt it. look at Chicago gun free Americas most dangerous city WOOO over 400 killings 50% from guns!!! then gun free detoit Violent crime rate: 2,137 per 100,000 residents WOW then, CA gun free oakland.Good ole Baltimore and Camden NJ. Its not about the rifles it about the lack of mental help for people how would commit crimes like this just because you gun free does not mean crime goes away Look at the UK the most violent country in the WEST even higher than South Africa... with a crime rate of 2044 per 100 k ....the USA lower than more all of europe with a 466 per 100k violent crime rate.Get over your selfs they have sold more guns and ammo in 2 weeks then the past 3.5 years this year WE GUN OWNERS ARE GOING NO WHERE... thats just something you will have to square with.The military votes aginst obama 5 to 1 and most cops around the country are pro gunners.... so i ask who will come claim our guns?
Every time the NRA starts one of the gun-law scares people run out and buy millions of dollars worth of guns and ammunition. It's a scam.
I have seen a lot of people say that in all of these places where there are strict gun laws, that there is very little or no gun violence or death. They have pointed to a lot of different countries as examples to back up their claims. They have however EXCLUDED the shining bright example that sinks their theory. MEXICO. Mexico has strict gun laws prohibiting the possession of guns. However the law abiding citizens are the only people who adhere to these gun laws. In doing so they are left at the mercy of CARTELS, DRUG SMUGGLERS, and CRIMINALS. You never see them pointing to Mexico as great example of gun control.
The 2nd amendment says you can have a gun, but it also says, in so many words that with it comes responsibility. If tighter gun laws work in other countries, why do you think they will not work here?
so you condone this perpetuation of gun violence in the U.S. good for you. maybe you will become a statistic
Very thoughtful argument Christiane. But if you read the posts of the Americans with a gun fetish, you'll see that logic, reason and facts will not impact them. These uninformed, paranoid and self-absorbed gun owners are our real road block to reducing gun violence.
Except that none of her facts appear to be accurate. I've asked her to show me her sources, since I honestly have no idea where she pulled them from. Alas, I've received no response.
I know! I always try to give these folks a chance – comparing what they say to what I can find in terms of publicly available records. I second the call for releasing her sources.
Do you really think she is going to answer you on a blog?
Your utter lack of logic and stupidity is what flies in the face of the NRA and most gun supporters.
oh it must be true if a reporter said it right look up your own statistics these media clowns have an agenda.
You have to realize the NRA is a completely fanatical organization. Outside of groups like Al Queda or some other extremist organizations you can't find any groups that are comparable. It's followers have been brainwashed and indoctrinated to a point that is going to make this a very tough fight, but one that we have to take on if we are going to rescue our country. One thing for sure, no matter what facts are presented, they will discard them and rationalize them away to maintain their fanaticism. This is going to be a hard long fight but we owe it to our children and generations yet unborn. Fortunately there's 310 million of us and only 4 million of them.
Rod, Your opinions are noted but ignored since you seem to be just Anti-NRA.
There are "extremists" everywhere on every side and don't even act like the media and liberal politicians are not trying to get their own agendas across.
They would love to take the guns our of all the people's hands and if they try to do that it will be a civil war.
This is more of a war of attrition between a cultural normality and the attempts at changing attitudes.
You can see it with just how everything is portrayed when it is reported on. Only the negative and how that negative is so terrible you only want it the way that we want it.
You never see the good stories of how homeowners and business owners have killed intruders protecting their families and business.
"Rescue our country"? Really? You think taking away guns will "rescue" our country? Man, I have read several of your response and quite frankly I believe you are just as brainwashed as you believe members of the NRA to be. Im not a member of the group but do support them and do not believe that gun laws will do crap to fix anything. Taking away weapons does nothing to get weapons out of the hands of criminals. Criminals do NOT follow the laws. Its common sense! Quit comparing the United States to the rest of the world. Lets look at our own issues and set precedents and laws based on what is going on HERE. Not in Iran or any other country. I can understand making the process of obtaining weapons (military-style) a more complex, extensive procedure. But banning them will do nothing but piss off many people. More than 4.3 million. It will open the door for more shootings. I hate to break it to you but you can not keep every single weapon out of the hands of criminals or mentally unstable people who commit these shootings. This whole thing is about politics, not the fate of our country. I can promise you, theres not only 4 million people fighting for gun rights. You have isolated one group of people who support something they have a right to. Something they love. You criticize them. You are entitled to your own opinion, as I to mine. And I believe you are doing nothing but feeding the fire. Wanna "rescue" our country? Support mental health research. Get educated on the laws you are supporting and stop sitting on the internet and criticizing people and their views. If people listened and worked together logically, we wouldnt be having all these issues in this country right now.
Rod, you have made four judgmental statements which any reasonable person would need to question.
1. NRA is a completely fanatical organization: based on what? YOUR opinion?
2. It's followers have been brainwashed and indoctrinated: Really? Based on what proof? Based on he NRA's nationwide training program which isolates their members from the rest of society to perform the necessary brainwashing techniques?
3. no matter what facts are presented, they will discard them and rationalize them away to maintain their fanaticism: do you really want to lump 4 million people in with this statement? None of te 4 million have their own ability to think for themselves?
4. Fortunately there's 310 million of us and only 4 million of them: Again, you're very misinformed.
You don't have all your facts straight.
1. Many of my family members are NRA members. My brother is a former cop who left to start his own business. Several cousins are Houston firemen, one if a firechief for HFD. NONE of my family memnbers are fanatical. That would be people like David Koresh. Ever heard of him? Here's another fanatic: Timothy McVeigh. Ever heard of HIM?
2. It's members can't POSSIBLY have been brainwashed. Do you have any idea how much effort it takes to brainwash the human mind? They might be misinformed or speaking out based on past ignorant attempts to ban all guns but they just need to be set straight. Just like you do. I was a Psychological Operations Specialist and an Interrogator in the Army. I know EXACTLY what it takes to brainwash someone. Do YOU?
3. How can you possible speculate as to how 4 million NRA members will react? Are you THAT intuitive? Based on what I read from you post, I highly doubt the women in your life would agree.
4. There may be 4 million NRA members but those are not the numbers you need to know. There are MANY more 2nd amendment supporters (approximately 150 million) and about 95 – 120 million gun owners representing an estimated 380 million privately owned guns. Of those 380 million guns, only about 2 % are considered "assault weapons" by the liberal bill passed in 1994. That 1994 weapons bill showed the world exactly how ignorant the Democrats are concerning firearms in general.
Be careful, Rod. Your statements are making you look uneducated on this issue. You might want to study a bit before you do this again. If you would like to discuss this offline, I'd be more than happy. My other liberal friends say I'm their favorite conservative because we can sit around and rationally solve 90% of this countries problems in a single day. I'm not a fanatic but I do own quite a few guns. I also agree we need MUCH better mental healthcare, more hoops for purchasing guns and stiffer penalties.
Ohh, one more thing. The 2nd amendment was not put in place to protect our hunting heritage. Our forefathers put it in place so the people could rise up and take over a corrupt government if and when it ever happened. It was put it place to protect the US citizens from politicians who are no longer concerned with being 'civil servants' but rather more concerned with lining their own pockets at any cost. THIS is why gun owners do not trust politicians with enacting "more gun regulations".
lol...of course, anyone who diagrees with you is a "fanatic" or "radical". Whose really the extremist here? hhmmm....
When the terrorists (just like gangs,home invadors etc.) atacked the twin towerson our home land( just like our homes).
what did the president do? He got his Seals to grab there "assault weapons" and hunt/kill Binladin.
If the president can defend the country agianst foriegn enemies, why cant we defend ourselves against domestic enemies? Its the same situation, domestic terrorists attack our home and we certain firepower to do so. Youve never been in an urban combat situation, I have and before the Marines I was on the other side of the law. I know exactly what these animals are waitting for. All of your talk about peace and love without guns and bad mouthing the NRA, doesnt prove a damn thing. The criminals just like the ones i used to associate with are laughing at you while they sit prepared and waiting. I challenge you or any one from indivisual to media to a debate. I can speak from more than a politcal standpoint, because politics dont save families, only a fathers wil to protect his family at any cost can do that and an assault rifle just makes it easier............cant wait to here your response......please dont try to fancy up your response with political terms and stuff you googled about the law....I'm talking man to man father to father(if you are one)........the thin line we walk to protect our families
i've been reading some of your post and you seem to have this idea that everyone in the country agrees with you. however, recent polls suggest that the country is fairly split on gun control with a majority of americans actually not favoring an AR ban. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/26/gun-rights-assault-weapons/1791827/) furthermore, the argument that you've made about the NRA and it's members (which i am not a part of if you're thinking of attacking me) that they are indoctrinated and cannot understand reason for lack of intelligence is not an argument, it is a logical fallacy known as a personal attack and it only makes you sound like you have nothing intelligent to say yourself.
Again rod, quit trying to act tough, we all know better.....lets just hug it out. Go back to your parents basement and light up another joint, nobody cares about your gutless opinions.
Since your such a fan of logic and statistics that prove a position how about we look at the HUGE amount of crimes averted or stopped by firearm owners – or we highlight the fact that every country that has gun-control measures has had gun-related deaths and violence increases. Christiane's comparison of Japan and the U.S. is a horrible comparison – it has little to do with firearms but much more to do with the cultural difference between our two countries. You complain of firearm owners not listening to logic and reason? We feel the same way towards those that espouse falsehoods regarding them and the wanted regulation of them. The statistics and "facts" are NOT in your favor.
Soooo, it's hard to own a gun in Japan? Well of course, who do you think implemented that policy? Japan was pacified by the United States following WW2........ Think about it.
I don't live in the UK. I don't live in Australia. I don't live in Japan. Stop comparing a republic to countries with constitutional monarchies that do not afford their citizens the same type of freedoms as citizens of the United States. The best description of a U.S. citizen is self reliant. That self reliance includes the ability to individually defend yourself as illustrated in the Bill of Rights and affirmed by the Supreme Court. For anyone that believes life is better somewhere else, I encourage you to move.
All the while they conveniently ignore countries like Jamaica that have had guns banned since 1974 but have a murder rate 10x's that of the USA. While GUN deaths may be down in the UK 7 Japan...what about OTHER means of homicide?..please disclose THOSE numbers as represented per 100,000 in population
Since there is always going to be crime there always needs to be a deterrent. 99.9% of everyone in America goes about their day with out a incident. Thats pretty good in my book. You are never going to have a perfect world. But cops in schools and get the mental people on a watch list.
The first guy is a dummy. The health care professionals failed to inform the court? This Sandy Hook guy was not even in a mental hospital or clinic. How the hell a health care professional failed to report? This guy is retarded.
In Japan, after the tsunami disaster, people turned in lost valuable properties (safe, cash, etc.) to the police so they could be returned to the owners. In the U.S.A. after a natural disaster, people go looting. Tthe key difference is culture.
Also most gun homicides in the U.S. are committed by minorities trapped for generations by the welfare state in housing projects broken families, etc. The Democratic party has a vested interest in this kind of 21st century slavery for votes.
Does Amanpour want our country to be like Iran, Mexico or China where there are strict gun laws? If she wants that kind of society, she can go back where she comes from.
She needs to cite some studies or point to some reputable sources. Those are some heavy claims to be taken on faith.
If we get rid of candy, we can rid cavities. If we get rid of cars, we can stop auto theft. If we get rid of camping, we can stop forest fires. If we all look alike, we can stop hate. If we take away more freedoms, we can get rid of the need to be held accountable and responsible and the need to learn from mistakes. Hearts are in the right place, the idea is not. The kids that lost their lives deserve to be remembered as having progressed American thinking. I'm no NRA, but when you go to court, ride a plane, protest, parades, etc....you see armed services(police, army, etc). Some businesses have armed security. Why not schools? You don't see the guy on he plane with a gun, you don't have to see the guy at a school,with one either. Who says it has to be some guy wearing army gear and marching and pacing....
I agree with Kaleb. You can't compare the U.S. to any other country. Japanese are sheep, mindless followers of authority. Just read the report on the Nuclear reactor that was hit by the Tsunami.
You can't compare us to the British either. It's a dying empire and a melting pot of civilizations. And we should deport Piers Morgan for trying to force his views, by mostly yelling, upon Americans.
The only country you can compare America to is Australia and they're still in their infancy. They can try gun laws because their government can get things done. Ours is bought and paid for and can't even balance a checkbook.
Kaleb, you are full of it. There are no stats and facts against what she is providing. Your just selfish and don't want to give up your toys. People are not talking about gun crime. They are talking about mass killings. You need to learn how to understand a topic and issue.
Did anyone notice on how few of the parent's of the murdered children came out against armed classrooms ? I did. Maybe they should sue the school district and the teacher's union for enabling the killer to target their children. If I were one of those parents I would be furious with them. I have 2 small kids....I want armed guards at their schools immediately.
☭ "We don't let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?" – Joseph Stalin
Christiane has never been an american back in the gulf war she objectively was biased against our troops fighting for our freedoms including the second amendment. She bias ignores that in the Netherlands anyone can get a machine gun with little paperwork and in Switzerland not only do they give you a rifle but they hand you ammo.
CNN needs to report more objectively and find reports who live in fantasy land.
also, look at the populations. the higher the population, the higher the ratio.
guns have become the object of our society's poor ethics and lack of responsibility. let's stop creating causalty-comparing gun-laws and the number of gun-related deaths-and start talking about the core problem here.
Amanpour's facts are all wrong. She claims UK's hang gun ban has stopped works while ignoring that shooting rampages have continued. Then she cherry picks countries with strict gun laws and low murder rates (Japan) while ignoring countries that contradict her opinion (like Mexico and Switzerland).
She's right. We need to act on the greater good of society not some paranoid delusion fostered by scared gun worshipers.
Most NRA members are in favor of gun control. I'm a life time member and i absolutely support training classes, mental evaluations, drug testing and criminal background checks. But only as long as its not going to cost the average gun buyer $1500 in fees and 6 months to complete, but i feel this is what what you want and will do if i give you an inch! The last thing i want, or this country needs is to create another incompetent Government run, Red Tape bureaucracy. The fact of the matter is 99% of gun owners are law abiding. The system we already have in place works 90% of the time. This country has a long history of gun ownership so much so THEY PUT IT in the constitution! We all want perfection but that isn't found in one civilized nation among us. So dont lie to yourself and make this about guns! This was about some mentally ill kid that was a ticking time bomb, and irresponsible mother that didn't hide the key to the gun safe.
I'm not scared of the fools on this web site but the fools who would follow them. Realize that many of the posters here are denying and warping the statistics. They cite reasons like different culture, fear of "Singaporean dictatorships", there's no murderers in Japan or whatever. They are trying to scare you – keep your guns or the government will take over your lives! In the UK gun violence went up after gun control! Do some basic research please on sites that are not emblazoned with a big eagle and you will find they are lying to you or at best are practicing willful blindness. Civilians don’t need guns in America to preserve freedom. That's B.S. and they know it. They want their guns period, and cry "from my cold dead hands". Yes – maybe that's what it’s going to take in this country to prevent the next Newtown. I predict many more Newtowns before we can even begin to see any effects of reducing the millions and millions of guns already awash in our country because of 220 years of gun culture build up. But we have no choice. We have to start somewhere. Continuing our current direction of arms proliferation among civilians is the wrong direction.
It's not so much a gun problem, it is a cultural problem. The problem is that kids these days grow up thinking violence is the answer, but how can we blame them when every show on tv deals with solving a murder and every video game is black ops related. In the "movies" when someone doesn't get their way, they shoot it out. My father taught me at a young age about firearms and what they can do. Just as I learned the rights and wrongs of living, I learned the rights and wrongs of being a respectful and responsible shooter. But most kids the days don't have fathers, do they? We must learn to solve our problems with out minds and not our fists. I am in favor of gun ownership, and I am in favor of making sure that firearms do not fall into the hands of those who abuse their right to bear arms.
Please get your facts straight, PLEASE!
There were so many inaccuracies and misgivings in your rant I lost count!
So... do you hold car makers and owners responsible for drunk drivers and automobile accidents too?
If guns are bad and have no use then take a stand and have all the armed guards at CNN Center dismissed and see if your good intentions can stop some criminal armed with a weapon.
Oh, by the way, there were more people murdered by BASEBALL BATS than so-called "assault weapons"... why do you not advocate the banning of assault sports equipment and high capacity blunt objects?
Get the facts and tell the damn truth, will you?
What a load of biased crap this supposed "news" segment is!
Really CNN? Anyone there FAT CHECK any of the lies and misleading statements spewed in this shamefully biased "news"?
Yea, gun violence went down YEARS after the gun bans in England and Australia... no, not "disappeared" as a ban would suggest... and I guess she just forgot to mention violence and crime using other weapons has skyrocketed so high the statisticians can barely keep track!
England, a country with an outright ban on guns and guns for defense, is the most violent country in Europe! ~FACT~
Oh yea, WHY would any gun maker or elected protector of the Constitution waste their time by coming on such a biased network where they will be personally blamed for the tragedy (like that moron Piers Morgan does) or will be silenced as your other guests spew lies and falsehoods as they do on all these hit-pieces you do?
No wonder CNN is in the bottom of the ratings!
Also, if these so-called "assault weapons" and armed guards are so evil and such a bad idea... WHY DOES CNN CENTER HAVE ARMED GUARDS WHO USE THESE VERY WEAPONS YOU SEEK TO BAN? If armed guards aren't good enough to protect our kids then YOU, CNN, ACT AS YOU PREACH AND FIRE ALL YOUR ARMED GUARDS!!!
Your hypocrisy sickens me!
I will be writing your sponsors now!
Gun related murders, maybe. But what about murders in general? If someone wants to commit murder they'll find a way. If there's no access to guns, they'll create a bomb.
What Amanpour is missing, is the cultural differences between the USA and other countries. Culture is a much bigger and determining factor in crime than guns ever will be. Gun laws will not fix a culture that enjoys violence. YES, the USA ENJOYS VIOLENCE! Look at our movies, our video games, our sports. Then look at our high drug use, our major gang problem, our illegal alien problem, our lack of mental health care, our DUI problem, our unemployment. Right now America is feeling guilty for enjoying violence, and for some they conclude that some metal and plastic object is the cause of our violence. Ban the guns, and we can go back to enjoying violence, and not have to feel guilty about it.
The countries Amanpour listed were never big on firearm ownership, Japan has NEVER had guns available to the public. Believe me, the Japanese LOVE GUNS, they come here to shoot them. Japan would be a huge gun market if the govt allowed it. Japan does not even allow their citizens to have swords, even Singapore restricts knife sales. Stabbings in the UK have risen since the gun laws have been enacted. Gun laws have proven to be a failure in Canada and Australia. Switzerland and Israel has armed civilians, even armed teachers in Israel, they have less problems than the US.
There is always more to the story, and Amanpour needs to do more research. If the US only bans guns and does not address other issues causing violence in the US, then all we have done is put a bandaid on a compound fracture.
I noticed she forgot about Mexico. Our illustrious neighbor, who has taken the stance she wants the U.S. to take, has banned "all military weapons" from civilian use. So its good to see gun control working everywhere in the world. What about Sweden? How is that they have a lack of of gun control and low crime? Apparently, journalism integrity is limited to researching only the information that supports ones point. Way to approach the topic unbiased. When are we going to get a news network that isn't slave to one party or another? FOX, CNN, and MSNBC you all be ashamed of yourselves.
Kaleb, could you post links to the statistcs you mentioned?
when addressing this issue only look at mortality rates of various objects. in the west the first thing to be banned should be cars based solely on mortality rates. in the US guns were used in about 8500 murders. car fatalities were at 40000. how can anyone rationalize guns are worse? THIS IS STRAIGHT OUT BSSSS!!
First off, violent homicides have been on the decline for the past 4 years, declining 6% in the last year alone. Any person can access those statistics via the FBI's website or the Office of Justice Programs. Second, what kind of effect does having all these tests have on the average individual? Does this create a gap in the ownership of any airguns in Japan based on the ability to pay for these checks (I'm assuming they aren't free). Third, Timothy McVeigh killed 160+ people in Oklahoma City. He didn't fire one bullet, and bombs have been banned a long time. Fourth, and finally, I'll give up my right to own a firearm when you give up your right to vote or drive your own car. It's in the Constitution for a reason.
Why do someone need 10 to 20 guns anyway, you're trying to start a war?
This article is liberal blindness at its best. In Australia the gun law ban has reduced the number of total gun related incidences but the overall number of crime incidences have actually increased! There are incidences of families being held hostage in their own home. Just like CNN to color the discussion towards an extreme liberalist view.
The only statement worth discussing is that of mental tests for gun owners.
I am in favor of both IQ and mental tests for all gun holders.
Let's also consider countries like Iran and Singapore where you are not allowed to own guns.
Iran is a totalitarian theocracy. Dancing, listening to secular music and practicing the wrong religion are not allowed. The population lacks the means to assert basic human rights.
Singapore is nominally a democracy, but the same elite stays in power. Singapore has the death penalty for being in possession of certain drugs, including more than about a pound of weed, and you can be punished (by jail or a beating, which they call caning) for not flushing a public toilet and many other "offences." The people lack the means to assert their basic human rights.
The example of Scotland is well chosen to make the writer's point. Scotland is about to vote on independence and it has no tradition of gun ownership. What the writer omits is that the UK, of which Scotland is now a part, has many nanny-state laws and regulations, high taxation, high unemployment, and educational sytem that is failing (a necessity on the road to totalitarianism) and an enormous problem with youth crime. The people there lack the means to change the system, which is quickly becoming intolerable. The UK also has a problem with certain immigrants of a certain religion who have sworn to conquer them, and these immigrants do not care what the laws say.
We are not going to be like those countries. We do not have laws like that and as long as we have guns we never will.
Seriously, get some help with your paranoia. While you're at it grow a brain.
In Mexico guns are illegal. Read any newspaper and you can see how well that has been working lately.
With all due respect , you people are entitled to your opinion, but I am sorry you cannot be entitled to your facts
Check these links ...
If u know german, check this pdf files from BKA ( german FBI )
At the end I will say....: "Eye for an eye makes world blind". I think non violence is a proven system. Countries have won independence with non violence. Even Martin luther king admired a man like mahatma gandhi.
well go ahead with your non violence when a rapist breaks into your home tell him not to be violent ok
You cannot simply implement a "non-voilent" solution that systemically disarms law-abiding citizens in a violent world like our's, no more than you can implement a socialist-state run economy in a free-market. When are you liberals going to understand that. The world and our country are imperfect, man up and find a way to get bye and pray our problems are small compared to the most of the world.
First off, you must have been a sleep during your History classes. Second, you do realize statistical information can be presented (twisted, spun) to favor whichever view you want....
If you want to be a 'sheep' and not buy a firearm that's your decision. But don't try swaying people to your beliefs dictated by emotions.
In reality, non violence doesn't wok. I think millions of people who have died fighting in various wars would agree.
The right to bare arms is there for a reason. Again, had you paid attention in your History classes, you would see that throughout history, when the people are NOT armed, tyranny and oppression will almost always occur.
Yeah, I think you're really off in your argument against her points. You're comparing one of the most economically stable countries in the world (the U.S.) to two third world countries.
Iran and other middle eastern countries are no doubt behind us in terms of religious freedom, military technology, healthcare, education, and a number of other factors. I think you'd be better served comparing them to the U.S circa 1900 than to the current state of the U.S. Much of Iran's issues comes from the last 70 years of our foreign policy. And when it comes to religion, we are the MOST religious country in the developed world. There are many things here, still, in the U.S., that are banned due to the population's "religious preference" (e.g. Gay Marriage).
Her points are correct. If you want to reduce gun violence, you need to invest in greater gun control. Controls on Wall Street ensure that wealthy bankers can't make off with your capital, leaving you homeless. Controls on the drug industry make sure they can't rush products through testing, selling the public medication that may be damaging. Likewise, gun control, and limiting who can own weapons, will reduce crime rates. How could no gun control ever result in lower crime?
Brian, Singapore is hardly a 3rd world country. It beats the US in economics, education, healthcare, the list goes on... Wastrel is simply trying to show the conditions of two different countries, both with firearms bans.
wow brian like the housing crash hmm. Wow brian like the tainted drugs in massachussettes that have killed several people in my state. Our guns keep us free period if americans never were allowed to have guns then we would be speaking in british accents wake up guns are necessary to a free nation.
1) The US is in no way economically stable
2) Gun control is like the war on drugs, completely ineffective. Comparing our culture and society using statistics without understanding the other cultures is pointless. Lots of people love comparing Japan to the US in gun control and effectiveness while forgetting that Japan ( just as an example ) works on HONOR ! and is completely controlled by the Yakuza ( an organized and highly regimented MOB ) .
3) In a situation like 100's of school shootings that have happened over the last decades around the world, If the teachers carried weapons or the schools had armed guards the damage might have been minimized.
Brian, in what universe is Singapore considered a 3rd World Country?
Ever hear of the saying "If you make something illegal then only the criminals will do it"
Same with guns, if you make them illegal then all you are doing is handicapping the law abiding citizens. The criminals will still have them and now have a leg up on everyone else since they know that you can't lethally defend yourself.
Probably because gun control and previous assault weapon bans have never worked – ever...well, other than disarming law-abiding citizens. Remember that Columbine and the Belt-Way Sniper both occurred during the Assault Weapons Ban of the Clinton era. If you want to reduce violence in a society it's an utter fallacy to focus on a single tool used to commit violence – focus on the root cause: the improvement of society via improvements in many different areas; education, poverty, etc. Focusing on just firearms is akin to blaming the Wright brothers for 9/11 because their invention was the tool used to commit atrocities. A firearm is simply a tool – an inanimate object. We are wasting so much time and resources focusing on them when we are missing the real chance for change by focusing on Mental Illness, the degrading values of society, the abundance of glorified violence in our media, etc.
p.s. – we already have gun control – just look at the proliferation of regulations required already. Let's support enforcing what is on the books; an area we are sorely lacking in, rather than shouting for new, worthless regulation.
I think her statistics are probably correct. The problem is, I'm worried about all crime, not just gun related crimes. If your murdered, it really doesn't matter if they do it with something besides a gun. The Palestinians have trouble getting guns, so they make bombs instead. Either way, they are killing apart. What Christiane doesn't mention, is any change in other crime rates. I know that the US ranks about 15 on the Murder list, behind countries like Australia and Sweden, that have stricter gun laws. We are even farther down the list on crimes like Rape and Robbery. If you take away guns, you leave the most vulnerable people in your society defenseless. The elderly and women, will be completely defenseless. While I don't think anyone needs to own an Assault rifle with a 30 round clip. I am an adamant supporter of the 2nd Amendment. If you get rid of guns, the crime rate will go up. The murder rate with guns may go down, but the overall murder rate will increase.
Our fore-Fathers fought so we could have the right to bare arms the right to free speech the right to assembly and the right to free religion ! Don't destroy our constitution by widdeling away at it a piece at a time and don't make their deaths and sacrifices meaningless !
Actually, you can own guns in Iran including handguns (semi or revolver) with a permit. Open public carry is also allowed with a permit as is concealed. However those concelaled carry permits are rather rare in Iran. Furthermore, hunting and the shooting sports are very big in Iran (including hunting tourism google it), so despite the gun bashing from leftist like Piers Morgan and Amanpour, and the Iran haters on here, the Iranians have guns with no problems or politizing like we do here. I would also like to inform Mrs. Ammanpour that had more of her countrymen (Iranians) owned from guns, then thier revolution wouldnt have been stolen from them by a bunch of crazy, dirty, corrupt mullahs.
Yep... Let's quote an Australia article:
"HOME invasions have swept Sydney with crooks "storming " into houses in the latest crime fad to hit our streets. "
"In the same way car jackings increased when manufacturers made cars harder to steal the criminals evolve and adapt,"
... He helped provide counselling for one family in Prestons, who sold up and moved after a violent home invasion last year.
"The could not live in the house anymore," he said.
"They had no idea who is responsible; they have no idea whether they are going to come back.
"It's completely and utterly destroyed their lives."
Criminals find ways to get their goals... and does it honestly matter if they rob, injury or kill you with a gun or a knife? These mass killing spree's are the abnormality, not the normal violence. Yet those in the media, and those with agenda's will tell you it is.
People are the problem, not the items.
Sorry that article BTW is from the Daily Telegraph in March of THIS year.
Wrong! Those statistics are accurate. I'm pro gun ownership and carry, but anti assault weapons. The faction of US citizen who believe it's their right to obtain assault weapons in case of their tyrannical government tries to take them are complete lunatics.
Unfortunately for Sandy Hook Elementary it is too late to be wise and learn from the mistakes of other nations, but it is not too late to learn from other nations and implement REASONABLE limitations on gun ownership. Forget the politics and let's craft the most intelligent plan we can to prevent as many of these tragedies as we can. My heart is broken for the families in Connecticut.
Did strong gun laws prevent the mass killing of these school children in China, Christiane?
On March 12, 2010, Zheng Minsheng killed 8 children with a knife at a elementary school in Nanping, China.
On May 12, 2010, Wu Huanming killed 7 children and 2 adults with a cleaver at a kindergarten in Hanzhong, China.
In August 2010, Fang Jiantang killed 3 children and 1 teacher with a knife at a kindergarten in Zibo, Shandong province, China.
Check out the gun laws in Korea.
Do Japan, Australia or Scotland have a constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms in which their Supreme Courts have ruled that right is an individual right? This argument is apples and oranges.
Also, this entire argument is not about protecting children. The government allows over 3,500 children to be murdered each day in the US through abortions.
Get to the root of the problem and stat with the mentally ill who commit these crimes instead of high health care costs and putting these people on the street. If the Sandy Hook shooter's mother did start proceedings to have in placed into a mental institution, then the fault lies with the government for making the process difficult to have him committed. He should have been picked up immediately, evaluated and treated.
LOL - disarm the biggest army in the world - Not gonna happen.. The right to bear arms is not the issue.. Mental health IS the issue.. The events in Newtown feds into the socialist OBAMA regime's plans to strip Americans of their rights one at a time.. When your grand kids great grand kids can't even leave the house without a permit you will roll over in your graves wondering how the FREE WORLD was lost.. MAKE MORE GUNS, BUY MORE GUNS and if need be fend off those who PLAN on stripping the USA of it's ability to think and act FREELY with those guns.. CARS ( drunks and texters and idiots ) KILL MORE PEOPLE IN THE USA THAN GUNS EVER WILL but no one is going after the auto industry of your drivers licence.. Bunch of do as your told puppets.. Exactly what they want.. Conformity by minipuation.. The begining of the end is upon us.. Buy, shot and and shot somemore.. Carry your gun so when a phyco goes ape you can take his banana ..
Mexico has some of the most restrictive laws on weapons, no civilian is allowed to have them. So they must have no gun crimes there.
Who cares about "gun deaths?" I'm interested in whether or not total vilolent felonies go up or down. I'm sure few victims care if the weapon is an AK-47 or a baseball bat, dead is dead.
How does she know that the Scottish gun laws worked? The laws could have remained the same as before the shootings and another incident might never have happened anyway. And while these figures claim that gun deaths are down, what about overall deaths? If someone is motivated to kill another, did they use another means? Does a dead person care about how they were killed? They are still dead. And Japan has a totally different culture. Give them guns and they still might not use them. The USA has a people problem, not a gun problem. And what about the culture of death and destruction that is the automobile. Tens of thousands die each year in the US fron car crashes. Cars re used to commit homicide, suicide, sexual assaults, kidnappings, drive by shootings, etc. Why is there not more controls on cars?
Comparing gun crime in a place with guns to a place without guns?
That's quite logical!
It's not like they would find some other way to kill each other!
No a completely homogenous society like Japan would surely have more gun crime than anywhere else?
I would point of the success of gun laws in Israel but Amanpour would jump up on her desk and urinate all over it screaming something about the Evil Jews.
It is also much more difficult to obtain a car in Japan, however a 12 year old boy postitute is easy to find. Do you want this country to turn into Japan so you can molest children?
The reason is because people on either side of ANY debate can always find statistics to back their argument. That is the nature of the beast. It's important to look at who collected the data, how they did so, and how it was analyzed. Who's to say your stats are any more valid and/or reliable than the stats used to back Amapour's argument? Truth is relative. Truth is in the eye of the beholder.
A VERY liberal view point and, as usual, cherry picks the facts to fit her agenda. Look at the laws and the increase in gun violence in Mexico, England, Europe, Middle East...the stricter the laws on law abiding citizens, the greater the increase in gun violence against the citizenry by criminal elements. Facts...they're not just for liberals anymore...never have been.
Fortunately for the United States, we have a constitution that has protected Americans from enemies, foreign and domestic for over 200 years. I realize there are subversive political and social elements, some holding office, that would try to convince Americans that the US Constitution is outdated and obsolete. They would like to see Americans defenseless against despotism.
This type of thinking has been tried before in other countries. Hitler achieved it. So did Stalin and Bonaparte. The governments of many of these nations have changed many times in the past 200 years.
No CNN, the answer doesn't reside in the laws of other nations. It resides in the the abandonment of multiplicity in morals, fracturing of social values, stopping the fostering of injurious diversity, and the and disengaging in the notion that only dictated thought is "politically correct". America needs to revisit its core values and start living them again.
Japan does not have any weapons because we dropped 2 nukes on them and took them over. DDDDDUUUUUUHHHHH That was the stupidest thing I have ever heard someone say. Japan has tight gun laws. Newsflash – Japan can't have guns because when we took the country we told them no guns as we did not want an insurgence to start up after WWII. OMG read the history books. Also it seems law abiding citizens are not the issue here, it is the mentally ill. Lets see, health insurance cost upward of 8000-9000 a year especialy for a diagnosed mental disorder and the meds witout insurance run 1000-2000 a month. NEWSFLASH ILLEGAL DRUGS ARE CHEAPER THAN LEGAL DRUGS. Whats wrong with that picture????????????????
What aspect of our culture you are referring to causes these mass murders in the US? They do drink, date, watch violent movies, listen to pop music..
Note that I am not referring to violence related to gangs, drugs triggered by criminals with illegal weapons. I am talking about an irresponsible/mentally unstable individual involving in mass shootings by getting hold of guns that were legally purchased. There are irresponsible/mentally unstable people everywhere in the world including Japan. It just seems that one of these guys getting hold of a gun in our country is much easier...and this is exactly what needs to be addressed.
All lies. Scotland is rated in the top 5 of the most violent of places in the Western world. According to the U.N., as of 2005, Scotland was the most violent country in the developed world, with people three times more likely to be assaulted than in America. Violent crime there has doubled over the last 20 years. 3% of Scots had been victims of assault compared with 1.2% in America. (Scotland tops list of world's most violent countries, The Times, September 19, 2005)
What ever happened to reporting the Truth?
Kaleb, thats a pointless statement. I have lived in UK for years and i can assure you never was i worried about my kids being shot at school or anywhere. Gun related crime is EXTREMELY low in UK. Even most cops dont carry guns.
Point is everywhere in the world gun crimes are low simply because general public dont have access to it. In U.S. anyone can buy guns and walk in and start killing people. Wow ! U.S needs to update its ancient laws.
The comments this morning regarding the 2nd Amendment were not well informed. I know rational law-abiding farmers, who are rightly concerned about loss of livestock (the destruction of livestock due to the questionable FMD outbreak in the UK occurred after guns had been confiscated), people who have discussed their use of non-standard medical treatments on the web, and have been attacked by swat teams in their homes, pc's and legally prescribed medications confiscated while they were held for hours without access to legal counsel, and people running members-only food buying cooperatives, who have been attacked and had their goods removed by swat teams, and others like them, who fear the government and want to be armed against it.
Kaleb- you find all those websites that fly in the face of the "statistics" she's providing because the "statistics" are mediafied (pending trademark on that :) )
The media loves to state 'facts' about UK. Japan. Australia. I've lived in Japan. Spent considerable time in the UK. I'd hardly call either to be low in violent crime, nor any lower than before their strict laws went in place.
Horrible one-sided article to fit the one-sided CNN agenda. Shame on you CNN.
Why is it that I can find about 999999999999999999999999999999999999 websites that fly in the face of the statistics she's providing? Pretty much all statistics seem to agree that UK gun-related crime increased following the ban on handguns.
As for Japan, comparing them to the US is like comparing apples and steaks. They're not even in remotely the same category. The gun crime there has much more to do with culture than laws.
why don't provide those website then?
and if you says japan is so because of their culture, then american culture needs to change. And sometimes changes have to come from the top down. The problem with many americans (especially gun advocates) is that they are resistant to change! If it were up to them, there'd be nothing to keep anyone from getting a gun.
Ok, put your numbers up. She put hers up. Put your numbers up, and don't bring them from the biased drudge report either. We want actual statistics, not conjecture.
First, commas: 999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999. Second, there are estimates of maybe 600 million, 700 million websites in existence. So I am SLIGHTLY disinclined to believe YOUR statistics, sir.
It's short sighted hysteria reporting....
Even better than that is all this bs talk about how laws are going to keep at the b@tshit crazies from commiting crimes... Do they really think someone who is willing to kill, then kill themselves gives a flip about the rules? Anyone with half a brain could come to this conclusion.
The real question which should be asked is why the hell do we year after year add more officers in prisons, and don't even think twice about putting an armed guard in our schools to respond when things like this occur? .....I know ... mind blowing isnt it... and to think we are paying congressmen $120,000+ plus full ride benefits after term, and they can't even figure this out....
Fair enough point... Why not compare against Canada then? Same basic culture, way stricter gun laws. WAY lower gun crime rate. Why are American's scared all the time? Here's a link to a story involving a Michigan Police officer who was visiting Calgary Alberta, Canada and became the laughing stock of an entire nation, read the comments you'll understand what the rest of the world thinks of your "need to feel safe", second ammendment BS. LOL And before anyone tries slamming Canada saying we're soft.... just remember, we're the only people to ever beat the US in battle on their own soil.
Your absolutly correct, its a cultural difference of our peoples or more so the people of Japan with the kinds of people we have here in the U.S. I wont go on about this for to long and will instead point to a simple example of our peoples differences... Look at how the Japanese people responded to the earthquak/tsunami that struck them recently. They werent trampling eachother, looting, rioting, forming "rape gangs", and compare that with what our people did during lets say Katrina. Im not saying there arent a lot of good people in the U.S with big hearts and good morals, but there are a good number here who rather enjoy being a part of the rape gangs (and dont tell me they dont exist, I saw it first hand as a NG responder). We need guns to protect ourselfs againt not just a tryanical government but also those who would do us and our loved ones harm in a disaster which would be a breeding ground for oppertunisic violent criminal types (most of which will hae guns desite the gun laws).
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