Well, you can't technically buy one of those legally here in The States, either. Â At least not a fully automatic one.
Aren't there states where you can purchase class 3 weapons if you go to the trouble of getting some sort of license that allows you to and buy them from a dealer that's allowed to sell them?
As for the idea of firearms for home protection: Â the majority of gunshot injuries and deaths occur at home, in accidents
This is simply untrue.
In the U.S. for 1998, there were 30,708 deaths from firearms, distributed as follows by mode of death: Suicide 17,424; Homicide 12,102; Accident 866; Undetermined 316. This makes firearms injuries one of the top ten causes of death in the U.S. The number of firearms-related injuries in the U.S., both fatal and non-fatal, increased through 1993, but has since declined steadily.(CDC, 2001) However, firearms injuries remain the second leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., particularly among youth (Cherry et al, 1998). The number of non-fatal injuries is considerable--over 200,000 per year in the U.S
Accidental deaths account for only 2% of gunshot deaths. That's an Â acceptable number in my opinion. Over 50% of all households in the U.S. admit to having firearms (Nelson et al, 1987). 866 deaths isn't all that bad when you think about it. Â It didn't give a break-down of how the injuries occured, whether by accident or some other means. Given the number of firearm homicides, i'm sure there's a lot of crime related injuries in that 200k. I'm also pretty sure most of the accidental ones would have been preventable if the owners had been a bit more responsible. Personally, I think people should be required to take a firearms safety course when they purchase a gun. You'd think most of what they teach is common sense, but lots of ppl are dumb.
About .5 people per 100,000 population (1400 total, all ages) die from accidental gunshot wounds and about 33 per 100,000 (100,000 total) are injured accidentally with gunshots (per US Centers for Disease Control/prevention) per year recently. Â The rate has been dropping steadily for years. Some of the accidents are results of hunting accidents. Â Some are associated with mistakenly thinking a gun was unloaded. Â Some involve idiotic behaviour like "horseplay." Â Some involve unsupervised children. Â Virtually all of them involve inattention to a few basic safety rules. Â Very few of them involve pre-teen children. Reductions in the rates of gun injury have been the result of gun owners and their organizations providing training.
So there really aren't a lot of little kids getting shot cause mommy and daddy leave loaded guns lying around. That leaves intentional shootings, "big kids", and people that should know better. Hey if kids wanna screw around with guns and shoot each other, knowing perfectly well how dangerous they are, call me unsympathetic, but that's natural selection for you.
Furthermore, it's the societal idea that one needs a gun to protect oneself that leads to gun proliferation, including in the criminal element. Â Remember, gangsters are part of our society too. Â Violent cultures beget violent criminals.
I'm not sure i agree. Canada doesn't have nearly as much violent crime as the US. Most people here don't have guns in their homes (or handguns at least). You can't go to gun shows and buy handguns, and i haven't ever heard of people carrying for protection. However, every criminal i've ever met that's wanted a gun, has one. If i really wanted a handgun I could go buy one tomorrow. Criminals get their hands on guns no matter what laws you pass. Even if there was a total ban on all guns, they'd just import them in the same way they import drugs. Knowing that criminals can get guns with ease and despite the accidental gunshot statistics, i'd still rather have one cause it means I'm in control if the worst happens. Beyond that it's up to me to keep them locked-down and out the reach of kids.