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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 30 2013: Most of these comments seem to address the USA and the legal ownership of guns and all the bad things that happened because Americans can legally own guns. A lot of the comments come from people outside of America, probably as many as comes from within. Now, no one can deny the tragedy of a nut shooting up a movie theater...over 70 killed and wounded.
    I turned on BBC news. Now, I am a typical American. My world is about thirty miles across When people talk about stuff up north, they may as well be talking about across the Galaxy.. But this day, TV filled with summer reruns, I turned on BBC.
    The BBC from around the world. Does anyone realize what is happening out there? Civil War, riots, terrorist bombings,
    assignations, the announcer lamented that nearly a billion people were at war.
    So, I don't understand.
    People outside the US are living in and near all this commotion, and are criticizing US citizens for having a legal right to own and do own guns.
    Critics in the US of gun ownership I can forgive, most like me aren't too aware of what's happening past the shopping mall down the street.
    So, let's see... gun nuts in the US have no reason to have guns or need guns or or or... righttt!!!
    Oh! I forgot the ... if there were no guns there'd be no war... righttt!!!.
    So, can anyone out there in LaLa land really come with a convincing argument that Americans shouldn't be concerned.
    with what is happening?
    • Jun 30 2013: Do you mean concerned enough to keep their guns loaded and sitting on a bookshelf by the door, or on a nightstand? Or do you mean concerned enough to purchase a gun and learn how to safely use it? There is a difference, you know.

      Why should anyone living in a civil society treat the kind of bad news you've mentioned as a warning that the sky is falling? Why should they approach gun ownership in any manner other than the most careful and respectful way?

      Of course, we could embrace the more Roman over the Christian viewpoint, rejecting the inherent value of man, and fob off all of the death as necessary destruction in the course of a more individuated society. Why not, we do that with the automobile and the death it brings?

      Yes, we do recognize that the automobile is capable of evolving in its use and comportment, it may yet evolve into something a whole lot safer which we no longer drive. Guns don't really have a developing future. Their future mainly lies in the current comparison with the car, in the education of their use. But being at that more mature, where they never will operate themselves, stage, they call upon more than what happens at the shooting range or the safety class, they call upon the attitudes toward their use within society. As such their use touches upon a number of things, like mentoring and cultural education into adulthood, which can help quell fear and free people to be more reasonable.
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        Jun 30 2013: Micah,
        Were you responding to my comments? You didn't really address the my question except to imply that world concerns are the stuff of a fable. I remember stories about the Brits, Poles and French back in 1938 were not concerned about all the goings on near their borders.
        And most of all, civilized people in the US must believe the the 9/11 incident had no relevance to issues outside the US.
        I am familiar with the teachings of Christianity, but I must have absent that day they taught you were to lay down your life for no reason other then your enemy's need. Of course, if you are accepting of martyrdom, I have heard a number of people are out there to accommodate you.

        You asked about getting gun training and keeping a gun ready in case of need. There is no difference. Purchasing a gun could be a large purchase. Most training or instructions come free, unless you are going for a special license, so the question begs, why would you spend the money and not follow through?

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