I note that America also has the highest rate of death by gun in the world. Surely taking them out of the equation or at least making them hard to get would help this. I dunno, maybe it’s because I’m from NZ, but I’ve never met anyone that owns a gun (outside of a hunting rifle, or BB Gun).
Difference of culture, I guess.[/quote]
You have been mislead Makavali because that is very wrong. If you check the link you will see that America is way lower in the rate of murders committed with firearms than Brazil or Mexico, their rate is more twice the US rate. I don’t know what the rate is in Iraq but I am sure that not would be a good comparison either.
Besides America is a vast, diverse country, where a few bad areas skew the statistics to look much worse than they are overall. ie Michigan has ten million people with a little less than one million living in the city of Detroit. Detroit is about 10% of Michigans population but accounts for about 2/3 of the murders.
In Detroit people put iron bars and gates up at all the entries into their homes. But if you go out into the rural areas there are still people who don’t bother to lock their doors when they go to bed at night, because they feel that safe.
The cultural difference you speak of Makavali is this. The media in your part of the world works dilligently to give people the impression that the United States is a Detroit the size of Australia.
Also the US is not a homogenous society culturally or racially, there are differences along those lines. So comparing it to smaller countries that have a lot less diversity is not a fair comparison. The US is about the size of Europe. So comparing the US to somewhere like Switzerland while ignoring somewhere like Estonia is not fair. What would be fairer would be comparing Switzerland to Hawaii where there are some similarities.
Last but not least, how do you take guns out of the equation? They have tried that in Britain and failed miserably. Gun murders in the UK have gone up every year since the 1997 gun control act. People in the UK are making their own guns. The only thing the gun control act did is make it more rewarding for criminals to obtain and use guns on law abiding subjects. Because the law abiding subjects are all unarmed.
The only way that gun control can be made to work is to massively expand the police to take up the slack. This is why I wrote what I wrote in my first post to this thread.