So what can we really do about guns in America?
Alone among developed nations, the US is a haven for guns and gun-related deaths.
I've never been able to understand America's love of guns, or why any society thinks it is at all safer with guns on the street.
I think this picture summarizes it well:
I find it insane that people think that they are somehow SAFER if any adult can buy tool specifically designed for long-distance killing.
When I visited one of my US co-workers' house he had a damn gun rack, with a pump-action shotgun, a 44, and a rifle with scope and tripod, plus a half dozen more guns.
And he lived in a high-floor apartment, directly across the street from a school.
Why should people be able to own a sniper rifle across the street from a school?
What if next time he has a really bad day he wants to make it everyone else's really bad day too?
I've lived in multiple countries (Israel, HK, Singapore, China, Denmark, UK, USA, Italy) and I can say unequivocally that the US is the least safe, by a large margin.
In Singapore, HK, Denmark... I wouldn't think twice about having my wife and infant son walk home from the park at 10pm at night, unescorted. Typically in fact, they DO go to the park at night, after dinner.
In the US, I am scared to let my family venture out in broad daylight, and I'd NEVER let them go out at night.
I'd really consider twice about moving to the US now, and having my kid go to American public schools.
Can someone make some sense of this?
I'm genuinely asking - not trying to pick a fight.
I just seriously don't understand this gun fascination, and I never have, despite living over 15 years in the USA.