Re: Nutters vs Guns
I am a 63 year old 'Nutter' as you would call me with two sons, one of which is a law enforcement officer, and a grandson. I have worked is IS for 41 years, have a lovely wife of 44 years and belong to the NRA. Now, I don't know what I've done that qualifies me as a 'NUTTER' in your opinion but I strongly agree with the 2nd amendment in our constitution so that must be the qualifier you use.
Also, I have no idea where you get your statistics. According to the FBI statistics there were 14,980 homicides in the US in 2005, 2006 numbers are not available yet, of which 10100 were by firearms. This information is freely available on the internet (http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/05cius/offenses/expanded_information/data/shrtable_07.html ) but if you live in the UK, that information is not so freely available presumably because they don't want anyone to know. Lives saved by armed citizens information is not available because NO ONE wants to hear that number.
I own your so-called 'assault weapons' and thoroughly enjoy going out to a farm or gun range and make holes in tin cans. It is a pastime that keeps me active and my motor skills sharp. If that is another 'NUTTER' qualifier then so be it.
Also to the individual that states the guns can easily be acquired via mail order in the US has been listening to the wrong kind of news reports and/or politicians. If you wish to purchase gun via mail order, the gun must be shipped to a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer who then assumes the responsiblility of background checks, etc.
The two biggest problems in the current situation are the fact that aliens in the US are entitled to all the benefits provided by our constitution. That should not be the case in my opinion. Also, people with mental problems are NOT supposed to be able to purchase guns legally. There might be a loop hole there but one has to be very careful when allowing others to determine your mental condition. It should be a consensus among several professionals and carefully defined. I know this because I fell and broke my hip a year ago and, as a result of the trauma, I had irregular heartbeat which is normal according to my cardiologist. However, now I have a 'known history of heart problems' according to my medical records....there for the insurance companies to see and charge accordingly.
Perhaps I've rambled enough but there is false information in some of the comments and I just had to correct what I could. Have a great day and pray for ALL the victims of this tragedy.
An old 'NUTTER'