Jubilee wrote:I'd rather be in a country where neither of the people in that scenario had a gun...
Move to Canada, our Possession Acquisition Licence program is is very effective, the RCMP teaches it to civilians and there's a 45 day wait list while they check your background and your references that have to have known for three years. I believe there's a 5 round cap on assault rifle clips, apparently there's a pin/bolt screwed in by the gun dealer. If that pin is removed it's automatic jail time, 5-7 years I think.
It's pretty much the perfect system because banning guns outright isn't going to make you "safe". Nothing ever will. People bent on massacre won't be stopped because of a lack of means is merely the mother of invention. There will be more suicide bombers, knife wielders or arsonists. It's always so shocking to hear about these incidents in the media but it's significance is amplified through selective exposure. Swimming pools and cars still kill more kids than guns, not to mention the obesity epidemic that's diminishing life expectancy compared to the previous generation for the first time in the civilized world.
Gun control is the least of your worries, in fact I'd even argue that it's only an issue because the government would rather pretend to deal with it rather than more important issues like sustaining a healthy population with a viable economy that promotes the growth of the middle class. Until the West learns to put people above profits, it will continue to be a profoundly sick society.
The 1% would rather keep the profits and the sick society that it promotes. All they have to do is convince the people to exchange their freedom for security to deal with the symptom of violent social unrest rather than deal with the REAL disease, unrestrained, unbridled Big-Box Corporate Capitalism that destroys small businesses and makes part-time employees out of us all.