Possibly also something to do with the decentralized nature of law-enforcement?LordJagged said:I suppose I am wondering why the problem seems to be particularly acute in the US compared to other countries in 'The West'. Is it purely down to ease of access?
They all have assault rifles, but they have much tighter restrictions than the US. From some guy here:LordJagged said:Practicaly every male of service age in Switzerland has an assault weapon in their household, the country is ready to mobilise in 36 hours [or something crazy like that]. However hardly any 'gun' crime in Switzerland.
Switzerland keeps only a small standing army, and relies much more heavily on its militia system for national defense. This means that most able-bodied civilian men of military age keep weapons at home in case of a national emergency. These weapons are fully automatic, military assault rifles, and by law they must be kept locked up. Their issue of 72 rounds of ammunition must be sealed, and it is strictly accounted for. This complicates their use for criminal purposes, in that they are difficult to conceal, and their use will be eventually discovered by the authorities.
I think that'd have to be a factor, particularly the type of guns accessible. Widespread handgun ownership, for example, could easily result in increased handgun use in crime. The Swiss experience would appear to bear this out; according to that link above, Switzerland has the second highest rates of both handgun ownership and handgun murder in the world.Is it purely down to ease of access?
Well... also their drinking laws, to be fair.GusherING said:In Switzerland there are actually more guns than people!?!?! What bemuses me the most about the USA is the fact that I, a person under 21 (although not for much longer!) am unable to consume alcohol, yet am able to enter a gunsmiths and buy myself a weapon of mass destruction, ranging from a good old 9mm to the 'why would anyone need one apart from killing dozens of people in a room in seconds' AK47! Lunacy, I'm sure you'll agree is the reasoning (if lunacy even is reason?) behind America's Gun Laws. Thank God I don't live there.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/date ... 539769.stmHowever hardly any 'gun' crime in Switzerland.
The admirable Mr Moore you recently mentioned used his Bowling for Columbine to demonstrate that the problem is largely unexplainable. He explored the gun culture and could not present a 'single reason' for the way Americans love killing other humans.LordJagged said:I suppose I am wondering why the problem seems to be particularly acute in the US compared to other countries in 'The West'. Is it purely down to ease of access?
Based on the figures quoted in the film, I recall trying, largely unsuccessfully, to work out in my head rough per capita figures. The only ones I can remember offhand are the figures of 11,127 people killed by handguns in the US one year, making it one in 2,700.watch-this-drive said:I do think US gun culture is dreadful, Id be interested in seeing the deaths on a per capita basis.