Guns, so sick of them

I saw a chocolate-related post today at my bloggy friend, Jen’s Rundpinne blog which reminded me of the conversation I had last night with my husband.

We were seated together in front of  the computer looking at another disgusting news that swept the US over the weekend. Another random shooting. Fourteen are dead. It isn’t the first time that news like this make headlines worldwide and break people’s hearts – Virginia Tech, Columbine, Omaha, the list goes on.

Why does this happen so frequently? How many more “random” people with promising, peaceful lives, with families waiting for them have to die before America considers to abandon guns?

Japan (where I lived for 10 years) is a gun-free society but still, random and senseless knife attacks grace the news every now and then. The UAE is also a gun-free society and so far, there are no reports of anyone running amok with a deadly weapon. Without offending anyone from the US, sometimes, I personally think that living in the UAE (although it is situated in the Middle East) is safer than living in the gun thriving society like the US.  

Back to Jen’s chocolate post – I told my husband, why is it that when some men feel depressed or frustrated or angry,  they would drink, curse, hit or worse, randomly shoot people but women? you’ll just see them in one corner munching chocolates.

Women, chocolate, world peace. A great slogan. If only.

Seriously, for a country like the US, is it that hard to live in a gun-free society?

7 thoughts on “Guns, so sick of them

  1. It would be nice if the US becomes a gun-free society. Although as you pointed, living in a gun-free society doesn’t necessarily result in a violence-free society. People will find alternatives as how the Japanese would-be-shooters found knives.

    Sad I know.

    But at least it is not as often in Japan than in the US and with knives, I think it’s easier to “escape” – unless of course, you’re unlucky enough to be in front of the crazy killer.

    With guns, bullets travel in split seconds.

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  2. I’m in the US. This is such a hot button issue over here. Pretty split down the middle. People are either for (strongly) or against. It comes down to the ‘rights’ of people. ((sigh))

    I could never own a gun. Although I’ve fired one before (at a practice range). It was scary and loud.

    There’s WAY too many guns over here. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with people having them for hunting or protection. But they more often then not end up in the hands of people who shouldn’t own them. You wouldn’t believe the number of kids that are shot accidently over here, getting a hold of a parents gun or relatives gun. Simpy senseless.

    The current situation in the US is really scary and sad. Countries imposing a gun-free society doesn’t mean not respecting the ‘rights’ of people but building on a much safer environment when one can go out in the middle of the night or simply go to school or shopping without having to think of random shooting rampages.

    I could never own a gun too. I find it COLD (literally) and scary – the idea that the thing can kill a person in a split second is too cruel and scary for me.

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  3. I don’t agree that everyone should have a gun, but it is in our founding; we have the right to bear arms. It stems from our foundation as a country having resisted and been formed out of revolution.

    Whatever.

    Violence will happen regardless.

    With that said, I don’t know how violence can be reduced. Gun education? Strictly imposing rules when buying?

    The UAE, being situated in the Middle East must have experience a lot of revolution previously and they even have a traditional dance of men twirling long guns…but I wonder how they have kept the common people from possesing guns and thus having a very peaceful, gun-free society.

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  4. I think the reason this will never work is two-fold. First, as someone pointed out, it’s in our constitution. And beyond that many people use guns to hunt and use that as a main source of food. (funny how many of these gun related violent attacks happen in cities rather than in the country where guns are used more commonly for hunting and safety is taught along with that).

    Second, it would be impossibly hard to get rid of all the guns that are out there now. People would resist and really, you would just be taking away the guns from the law-abiding people. The criminals are never going to just surrender their guns. And if we can’t keep drugs and even people from being smuggled in from Mexico we’re certainly not going to be able to keep guns out. 😦

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  5. Hi Krista,

    Thanks for your comment. I DIDN’T know gun possesion is allowed or mentioned(?) in the US constitution. With the reasons you stated, yes, it seems very difficult to totally abandon guns.

    With the recent shooting rampages, I am sure many people are living in fear! I can’t imagine thinking (if we lived there) if any of my daughter’s classmate is bringing along a gun with him or her. Scary thought, really.

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  6. I always wonder how it is possible for everyone to have a gun. We have no opportunity to have guns with us in Europe and there’s 10 times less gun kills.
    But there are always other tragedies like earthquake in Italy that we can’t foresee.

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