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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 30 2013: I sort of want to know what a more limited access policy on guns in the United States would be like. More than that, though, I wonder how the underlying fear that compels people to lean so fanatically upon the instrument can be addressed. I'm not sure, but it seems to me that if you could properly address that fear, then the number of guns might not matter so much.

    You know that so many children, for instance, die from gun related accidents per year. Usually those are because the gun was kept in some easy to access place in the house, out of fear. Well, children are pretty good at searching around houses and finding things in both easy and not so easy to access hiding places.

    You don't hear much preemptive reasoning amongst gun owners, discussing how guns ought to be kept locked up or have trigger locks placed upon them. You don't hear about it because when the topic does come up it is obvious that the discussion has put its finger squarely upon the real issue, people are afraid. Out of fear they completely reject trigger locks, those being the usual thing that comes up. In their complete refusal to listen to the arguments the basic underlying fear of the gun owners almost palpably materializes.

    My Dad taught me something he learned in WWII, that just because you can point a gun at another person does not mean you can pull the trigger. In the war he learned that many soldiers can't shoot anybody. Only a percentage can actually do that. The rest tend to follow along and point their guns in the general direction of the enemy, but they don't aim.

    One thing about the immediacy of fear is that it fools those who can't shoot at another person into believing they can. It's the wrong time to find out you can't shoot when you have already introduced a gun into a confrontation. This issue is not unknown to the "manly". Why else would so many gun incidents occur around macho posturing. Here too fear is the master.
    • Jun 30 2013: Micah: What you hear about guns in the US is filtered through the "media" , who are almost all anti-gun fanatics. They neglect a lot of relevant information, such that of all the shootings in the US, a great chunk is suicides. Another great chunk is "children" , who are actually young drug gang hitmen shooting their competitors. Another fact: something like 2600 attempted assaults, robberies, rapes, etc every day are thwarted by armed would-be victims. This doesn't count as a statistic, becausse "nothing happened" (usually there is either no firing, and /or no damage, the assaileants (who could guess?) run away, b ecause they don't like getting shot. Then there is the real reason for the 2nd Amendment: namely that the Founders were wise enough to know that governments cannot be trusted automatically not to become corrupt and dictatorial, so that an armed population is harder to abuse, just as an armed civilian is harder to assault.

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