They say that if everybody could own guns, then this would cut down on the crime rate. Criminals would lose their advantage, and would be too scared to try to steal from people.
Well, my old neighborhood wasn't the easiest, but it was in a state very tough on guns. People were literally preyed upon. Now that I'm in a state that's comparatively easy on guns, even when I'm in a similar type of 'area,' I don't get that same queesiness I got back home, that ultra-alertness that leaves you spent. One reason I beleive that's true is because a good number of people around here do carry concealed (I presently do not), and if you're bent on mugging someone, they may intimately acquaint you with their friends, Messrs. Smith and Wesson. But that's just a response to a problem. Crime isn't about guns. It's about culture, and respect, and honor. Things that aren't heard from enough nowadays. All peoples are losing that, quicker and quicker. Â If respect even for simple humanity is lost, it doesn't matter if they have a gun or don't. Japan is both a country of gentility and tough gun laws. The Japanese bow to acknowledge the spark of divinity in other people. Yet, in June, I was shocked to read that a young Japanese girl killed one of her schoolmates by stabbing her repeatedly with a knife. Â A few years ago a friend of mine here in the States died after being beaten up by a gang of cretins with bats. It doesn't matter if they have a gun or not. It's the loss of respect that kills. Â Regards, Huntsman p.s. Am not picking on the Japanese, no, not at all. If I didn't respect many aspects of their culture, I would not have been so shocked at the incident, nor would I have remembered it so specifically.