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Old 12-11-2015, 10:03 AM   #20
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Until Americans understand that what exists is a problem of general violence and a warped gun culture rather than a 'gun control problem', little progress will be made.

There's a reason the Swiss don't experience gun violence at anywhere near the levels seen in the US. And it's the same reason why if Canadians were armed at the same rate as Americans, it's unlikely we'd experience gun/violent crime levels on the same level currently seen in the US.

Gun culture. Mental health support. Gun regulations (ie. background checks and training requirements). General criminal activities. These are all critically important, yet the gun control crowd act as though access to guns is the predetermining factor. That implies that countries with low gun violence only experience less violence because they have less guns. That being said, gun nuts who believe the 2nd amendment represents an absolute right should also understand why it may not be wise to put gun ownership in the same category as freedom of [insert inalienable right].

Although gun supporters point to Switzerland as an example of why gun ownership is not the issue, the Swiss are actually an example of how gun culture and other societal elements impact gun violence. I'm sure most Swiss citizens don't give a second thought to their neighbors owning an assault weapon because the gun culture and general crime rates are different. It's quite unlikely some random dude is going to try to burst into their house in the middle of the night. Not quite the same in the US where the gun culture is like night and day.
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