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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: There seems to be some disagreement on this topic. Let's try some data to bring people together. I think we have different experiences based on where we live, and that influences obviousness. I have a friend whose adult son lost an eye because someone (a friend) shot him while playing with a gun. I have lost friends to drunk driving accidents, where they were not the driver...

    Anyway, back to facts:
    New York City has 34,500 Police Officers: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/faq/faq_police.shtml#1
    And a response area of 302 square miles: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/36/3651000.html

    That is 114 officers per square mile (or 44 per square kilometer).

    Texas has about 73,000 peace officers: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113805196
    And a response area of 261,231 square miles: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html

    That is 0.28 officers per square mile average (or 0.1 per square kilometer)

    So by doing the math, New York City has 407 times more police officers per square mile of response area than Texas does.

    I live in a town of 39,000 people, in Texas, that has 3.36 Police Officers per square mile. That means New York City has 34 times has many police officers per square mile as where I live. Where I live has 12 times as many Officers per square mile than the average square mile in Texas.

    Why am I calculating per square mile instead of per person? It is based on response time.

    Police in Texas mostly take reports after a crime has been committed, then try to find the people who committed the crime.

    Law enforcement support varies by several orders of magnitude based on geography. Law, and what is reasonable, vary with geography as well.

    I hope this helps bring some agreement, while explaining the the diverse set of views you see from this side of the world.

    The main point being: choose your friends carefully.

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