In a message dated 7/3/98 12:04:02 AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
There is a feedback loop at work, though perhaps not of the sort you imagine. Here is how it works, over a cycle of 5-10 years: Legislators pass new gun control laws in the name of preventing crime; crime increases due to the lesser availability of guns to potential victims; legislators cry over towering crime rates and pass more gun legislation. In general, it seems that if you feel that people are generally more apt to use a gun to defend themselves against crime than to commit it, you favor proliferation of guns. If you feel that people in general are only waiting for firepower to commit as many crimes as they can, you favor gun laws.
Interesting explanation for high violent crime in America. It's not the fact that so many have guns, it's the fact that not ENOUGH people have guns. According to your reasoning, if EVERYONE had a gun, crime would decline dramatically. Thanks, but I'd rather not turn this country into a national version of Dodge City.