I have no problem with responsible gun ownership. BUT, I live in Canada, and we have a very different culture in respect to guns.
I just quickly looked up the homicide rate in Ottawa (it doesn't say HOW they were killed, just that they were killed ... so I don't know how many used guns).
In Ottawa ONLY (population, about 812,000) there were:
10 homicides in 2009
14 homicides in 2010
11 homicides in 2011
7 to date for 2012
I think a lot of it is access to guns, and the ease of access. Criminals / crazies, irresponsible people, whatever you want to call them simply don't have an "easier" time getting their hands on a gun. Oh they can do it, but just not that easy.
I was in LE for almost 17 years and I only ever saw a gun ONCE - the police had searched the guy's room in the halfway house and found it.
As a Canadian with a completely different mindset about guns, it scares the crap out of me to read so many stories about people going off with guns. I get that these aren't the responsible people ... but I also feel that if access was much more restricted / controlled it MIGHT stop some of the stories we hear about ... or they might just change weapons, and go for knives ... I don't know ...
It is certainly a tragic story to read, and so close to the holidays.
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