04 June 2010

Our Supposedly 'Tough Gun Laws' Are A Joke.

This is a response to Paul Burgin's post on the Cumbria Massacre.

Paul, what possible justification is there for a taxi driver to have these sorts of weapons at home?

The equation seems simple to me. If we want to reduce these incidents from once a decade to perhaps once every 20-30 years, we need to reduce the 600,000 gun licences we issue and the 1.7 million legally owned weapons swilling around out there.

As our glorious leader DC says, 'a flick of a switch' in anyone of these 600,000 and it will happen again. When you consider 1 in 4 of us will suffer severe depression or mental illness in our lives, we are taking one hell of a risk dishing out this many legal weapons into the community. We have to ask ourselves is the 'right' to shoot animals or play games shooting clay disks worth this sort of risk? I think we are mad to tolerate the gun lobby having fun playing with guns and putting us all at risk. (Oh, and just to add, there is no way someone could inflict such carnage with a bread knife etc. and anyone who argues that is simply being absurd).

As for having 'tough gun laws', I think they are a joke. This guy had a criminal conviction and apparently legal gun owners can go 10 years and no-one will check their home or that their mental health is still ok. Even in the gun-happy US, this guy would never have got a licence. Apply for a gun here and you can even refuse to let the police see your medical records. It is ridiculous.

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