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How would you feel if the government carried out a serious ban on guns?

Here in China, the government doesn't allow the free gun sales and the man who want to have his gun (usully for protecting the forest or animals) legally must have the arm licence which is also hard to obtain.
But I hear about that in many other countries ,any adult can buy guns freely just as biscuits.But as you all know, terrible shooting accidents are happening now and then.
Does your government start to draw out decrees over gun control or gun ban?How do you feel if the government carry it out seriously? I just want to know your true feeling without any offence.Thank you!

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    Jun 25 2013: Here in the USA, the ownership of guns is a basic right under our constitution. There are some restrictions on them
    in cities and certain types are restricted. As our nieghbor to the north has said, there are elements in the USA that use guns for their criminal activities. Some times when such activities are viewed by those outside the USA, they seem to be more pervasive then they actually are. The power of the media in the USA can take an incident and through the internet and broadcast can bring superlative to any story making it the biggest or the worse or the most outrageous. Sometimes even incorrect. For example, a recent incident where a disturbed individual murdered a number of children was describe as the worse killings of children ever. Not true. The worse happened in the 1920, when a disgruntled farmer destroyed a new school house by explosives. Over a hundred children died. The farmer was madden because
    the government took his land to build the school..
    I have heard that mad men have attacked children in china with knives causing death and destruction. Madness is not
    endemic to the USA or even China. There have been cases in Australia and Canada.
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      • Jun 25 2013: And in each case, a mentally unstable person was behind the trigger.

        Is this a gun issue or a mental health issue?
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          Jun 25 2013: Thank you for you input, Bob!
          Yeah, such powerful weapons are just tools and how they can affect the society is all decided by us human. But as you know, knifes can also be regarded as a weapon, but it doesn't have dustructive power as guns so that it won't induce the severe consequence as guns do. In another word, guns amplify the bad effects of human's behaviors. If guns are not easy to abtain for the mentally unstable people, will the terrible shooting accidents be avoid?
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          Jun 25 2013: Bob,

          Mental instability can be claimed for anything that doesn't have consensus of the masses, it isn't necessarily so.
          Or one could argue that we're all a bit psychopathic... http://www.ted.com/talks/jon_ronson_strange_answers_to_the_psychopath_test.html

          Like Billy says, guns have way more destructive power than say knives, and should not be wielded by men.
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        Jun 25 2013: I can't understand how can people defend right to own guns whilst so many innocent kids have died thanks to these damn things. It saddens me...
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          Jun 26 2013: They somehow thinks that it keeps them safe... And that it's for the greater good of society...
        • Jun 26 2013: Can I assume you will be calling for a ban on automobiles since so many people are killed by drunk drivers? Of course, it's not quite the same thing, is it? After all, driving is a privilege, while the right to keep and bear arms is a Constitutional right.
      • Jun 26 2013: Of course it is not acceptable, and NO ONE thinks killing is a constitional right.
      • Jun 27 2013: Most if not all of those shooters were whackos or psychiatric patients who gave warning signs that could have and should have been acted on prior to these crimes taking place. If anything, you are pointing out the incompetence of government.

        So now since government is so incompetent, I am to pay the price and have my Constitutional rights abridged?

        That makes no sense whatsoever.
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        Jun 25 2013: LaMar,

        You just keep making your insightful and informative comments here on TED...

        I like it, keep it up!
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        Jun 25 2013: Sorry Lamar,
        You looked it up, I was relying on memory... maybe over 100 included injuries, it''s a dim memory and i was only making the point that today's media who have the best resources, better then my old memory don't always look stuff up as you do. Yes,he was angry at someone for taking his land.
        But all you got out of that comment was some example i made was off and said nothing about our national media has surrendered their duties under the first amendment and become the national propaganda agency. Good pickup

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