This will bring up the same issue as the movie theater shit. Gasoline and a lighter are readily available, as are household chemicals that can be explosive. Crazy people kill others, inanimate objects cannot kill people on their own.
Those take time, effort, etc. A gun takes one second. Look at the guy in China, for example. He was mentally unstable and he used a knife.
Yeah but the point is it can still be done. I think the hardest part of murdering a fuckload of people is deciding you wanna murder a fuckload of people. When you've got that far in your head i think the trouble it takes to go get some petrol and a lighter ain't really much trouble at all.
I mean, it's by definition an extreme action or reaction, when you've reached that point, nothings too much of a stretch.
Chances are, there will be more harm done with a gun than without one, period.
I dunno, i think an arsonist that sets fire to a block of flats at 2am could do a fair bit of damage too. Or a homemade bomb on a train. And hey, if those thick fuckin' terrorists can put em together using fuckin' nails and perfume then i bet your average nutter could pull it off.
But you need to consider the type of individual. Some people are cold, malicious, and evil and nothing society can do will prevent them from causing mayhem and destruction. People like Timothy McVeigh and Osama bin Laden following a destructive agenda because it suits their political purposes. Gun legislation will do nothing to quell these types of people.
But what about the people who snap, who just lose it? Do you think those people are in the mood to sit and plan out how to maximize their killing spree? By having limited restrictions on gun ownership, society enables and provides further capacity to individuals who snap to cause harm. Do you think the guy in China sat around and thought about how he could kill the most amount of people? Something tells me that had he easy access to a semi-automatic weapon as opposed to a knife he would have taken the gun.
Gun regulations won't eliminate or curb all forms of intent. The truly evil will always find their means, but that's not who gun regulations speak to. The loss of some archaic right seems silly when you consider the lives possibly saved as a result of sensible gun regulation. This wooden treatment of the constitution and second amendment rights is asinine when you consider the technology possessed then and what is capable nowadays.
Edited by downzy, 14 December 2012 - 06:53 PM.