There are many websites here in the US, and many more people reading them, who strongly believe that being able to own a gun is a basic right. They claim it isn’t easy access to guns and ammunition that leads to people being shot, and that crime can be actively reduced by allowing gun ownership ( Guncite.com, the NRA ). These people hold sway over a large number of politicians and votes ( Wikipedia – Gun politics in the United States).
However, I find myself comparing the events which lead to my earlier posting “And nobody mentioned gun control” with this story from today’s BBC News website ” Three held after school shooting”. Just read the story now, and note the following points:
- The ‘gunman’ was a thirteen year old
- The weapon used was an air-rifle
- Nobody in the busy playground was harmed
- Police arrested those involved
Contrast this with the events in the schools of the United States. It is a point where statistics don’t really work. To say, as has been quoted in some “pro-gun” articles, that schools are safe with gun laws as they are because so few children are shot each year misses a vital point;
- No child should be shot, regardless of whether they are in school or not.