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Billy Zhang

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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 26 2013: Aside from other countries, for me, Korean government's ban on using guns is fine.
    I think it kind of depends on each country's own circumstances.

    But in general, I think government's intervention in dealing with weapons like guns could be regarded as preferable unless it provokes seriously strong disagreements among citizens.

    Btw, Billy, I’m also curious about your take on here.
    Do you think, as a Chinese, the government’s ban on guns is fair?
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      Jun 26 2013: South Korea is in an unique situation. I believe that the average Korean citizen does not have a legal right to own guns... South Korea has an unfriendly neighbor on it's border, with a very large army. There is an attack against South Korea, The large Army overwhelms the South Korean defense forces and breaks through invading the countryside. Could it be possible? Yes, in spite of what the Generals say.
      On the other hand, consider the USA. I can honestly say, that I believe that Canada has not attacked the USA is because of the 100 million armed citizens in the USA.. Of course, there could be other reasons.
      • Jun 27 2013: hahaha...
        Yes, we’re ‘in a unique situation’.
        But um..that's not how it works

        "Could it be possible? Yes, in spite of what the Generals say."

        Well, I see your point. And presumably, it might be.
        But I'm telling you.

        Not gonna happen in that way.

        it’s quite amusing at times seeing the different points of views of people about Korea, but some people’s ideas just sound a bit ridiculous—far from the reality.

        Perhaps, you should’ve been here.

        We—Koreans, I think, shouldn’t have guns.
        Because we also have horrible 'gun death' history records.
        Those were dreadful.

        We fear guns.

        And I think this is the most important thing here:
        We don't need guns.

        Having guns just because of the fear that the North Korea might(or might not) cross the border and attack citizens willy-nilly...

        That'd be the last decision we'd ever make, I believe.

        Here in Korea, all men are conscripted into the army when they're young TO PROTECT the country.

        Without exception(well, there’s an exception for particular situations, though).

        (And yes, Canada has never attacked USA. Why would they do that?)


        With all due respect, Mike, I think by 'unique', you should have pointed that out more clearly with a proper understanding of the country you're trying to explain.
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          Jun 27 2013: Hi Ms. Gu
          I wrote a response to your comments and when I reread it before sending, I realized that there was nothing I could say that would affect your beliefs. So I deleted it.
          I did spend 27 months in Korea back when things were not as they are now.
          I have a great deal of respect for the Korean peoples, their sense of survival and the highs that they have achieved in just a few years after total devastation.
          And I never met a bulgogi I didn't like.
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        Jun 28 2013: Canada has never attacked the USA because they are too well-mannered to do something that crude. Do they like our religion-soaked pontificating right wingers? No. Do they like us sneaking across the border for free health care, clean streets and good jobs? No. Do they like our gun crazies? No. If we dropped off the earth they would have a quiet cocktail party to celebrate. But attack? NEVER!
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      Jun 27 2013: As for me, I don't think that guns can be put in use in our daily life and I even thought that guns only belong to the policemen or policewomen when I was a little kid.To tell the truth, we seldom have the oppotunity to get access to guns and it seems a common sense among us that gun isn't a necessity.

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