White House: Gun violence is complex problem

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  • Allisdair Thornbury, Vic
    Dec. 17, 2012 4:16 p.m.

    A good starting point would be look at laws in England, Ireland, Australia in fact most 1st World industrialized countries. They all have uniform Gun License systems and a license required before you can purchase a gun. All guns are registered. Australia banned semi-automatics after a series of gun massacres concluding in 1996 at Port Arthur with 35 dead. The right wing government in Australia was the ones that had the courage to stop the killing.

    The startling figure is 50,000 people will be killed in the next term by illegal gun use. We can defend our selves without automatic guns.

    @worf check the facts Israel Messiah's Mandate "Do teachers carry guns. the answer is “NO.” There may be some exceptions in dangerous areas like the West Bank (where five percent of Israelis live), but in general, Israeli teachers are not walking around like it’s the Wild Wild West, strapped with a six shooter". Switzerland have compulsory military service and strict control on private weapons.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Dec. 17, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    Before making new gun control laws, ask criminals what they think of such plans. It has been said that gun-free zones are criminal safe zones, and this school shooting has proven it. Perhaps we should follow the example of Israel, where teachers are armed, and Switzerland where citizens are trained as militia, and then take their fully-automatic weapon home with them. The media will only report negative incidents about gun usage, on a national level, but where simple positive uses take place, it is relegated to the local news and then often buried on a back page.

    Here's what Alexander Hamilton said on 27 Jan. 1784, found in his Papers at 3:485-86: "Nothing is more common than for a free people, in times of heat and violence, to gratify momentary passions, by letting into the government, principles and precedents which afterwards prove fatal to themselves."