Re: Bomb Carrying Robots
@Susan, the gun debate is out of control over here, much of it makes no sense. They use the 2nd Amendment of our constituition to block anything. The intention of it was good, especially back then, to make sure citizens (really militias if you read it correctly) have the ability to rise up against an injust government. But that is so ludricrous these days, the government has sattelites, planes, armoured vehicles and unmanned drones. Not to mention chemical and biological weapons if they really want to get nasty. The idea of citizens with pistols and rifles going up against that is folly. No way the founding fathers could see that coming.
So the gun lobby hangs the right to buy any kind of weapon you want on that premise. And plenty of people support that, seem to feel having a gun in their house makes their family safer in case someone breaks in. Even though, if they were responsible, the gun would locked up where they would never get to it in time anyway. At least if they have kids anyway.
The major argument is that "if guns are illegal, only criminals will have guns". No question that major criminal groups like cartels and organized crime will have guns. By selling drugs to finance, likely these teenage gangs which plague cities will have some guns. But none of these people are the ones walking into schools or nightclubs and doing mass killings. If handguns and assault weapons were illegal, these deranged lone wolf killers would not be able to afford them. Law enforcement would still have guns, they would tackle organized crime like they always have. No private citizens owning guns are waging war with drug cartels, the mafia, or street gangs anyway.
Terrorism brings a different argument. Gun proponents say if more people carried guns (and knew how to use them) that terrorists would be killed after killing only 5 people instead of 25 people. After Orlando shooting and talk about banning assault weapons came up, Donald Trump argued that if people in the nightclub had assault weapons also, far less would have been killed. Yeah really, let's take assault weapons out drinking and partying with us. And as far as piece of mind after a terrorist incident, is the body count really an issue? It could still be you or your kids, even if that's all the terrorist gets before someone shoots him.
That's the problem with terrorism, they have complete element of surprise and go after the softest targets they can. We really want a society where you take your assault rifle to the ballgame? To school? To church?
The debate is a joke. But gun lobby has politicians in their pocket, politicians who only care about next election. Nothing is going to change.