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Enrico Petrucco

Senior Scientist, Johnson Matthey

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Guns are designed to kill people. When are guns actually a positive influence in society?

Guns are designed to kill people (or animals). I would like to open the floor for honest concise input: How can one use this destructive tool as a constructive tool for society?

Topics: war and peace
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  • Feb 7 2012: What distinguishes the gun from the bomb? Scale.

    The gun protects the interests of the one who holds it. Whether the person who holds the gun will use it positively or negatively is a question of whether societies can make good decisions.

    The gun is more effective than the sword. The bomb is more effective than the gun. The more efficient the weapon, the more unstable the whole world is. At some point, societies need to make better decisions, or we have to find an alternative to "guns."

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