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Wed, Jan. 12th, 2011, 03:14 pm
Why bans on weapons cannot stop psychopaths.

During the Clinton ban of 1994-2004, magazines holding over 10 rounds became quite expensive. A jump from $15 to $120 wasn't unusual. Imagine a ban so sweeping that every gun, magazine and cartridge costs 20 times more than before. Who would be able to afford that?

The law-abiding people will not, as they also have to pay for food, shelter and other normal expenses. The criminals can, with difficulty, as they can treat arming up as a business expense -- and won't need quite as much weaponry to dominate the disarmed public. The deranged, murderous psychopaths will be able to afford the arms and ammo easily -- precisely because they are deranged. A person who expects to murder dozens and to die in the process or be imprisoned thereafter or -- more than likely has not even given a thought to the outcome at all -- doesn't worry about the credit card bill that will come due after the massacre. The mass murder episode is literally the last thing they plan to do in life and cost is no object.

A psycho murderer can devote all his resources -- and all his credit -- to the task of arming up. The price of ammunition is not a concern for such people. If the guns aren't merely expensive but also illegal -- again, in for a penny, in for a pound. A person who intends to murder is hardly worried about liability for statutory transgressions. His law-abiding victims on the other hand are very concerned about breaking the law and so remain unarmed and vulnerable...more vulnerable than if they could arm themselves for self-protection.

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
izenflamm

Великолепный текст!
Можно перепостить со ссылкой на автора?

Wed, Jan. 12th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
vvova: а кстати

http://www.lifenews.ru/news/48365
большинство населения россии уверено что9/11 устроило цру, настолько уверены, что даже не обсуждают причём все! аксиома! и вот новая серия с последних новостей
Ученые связывают расстрел конгрессмена Габриэль Гиффордс, курировавшей военно-космический комплекс, с массовым мором пернатых.""" типа и не маньяк а долг человек выполнял по службе,державу прикрывал! завтра напишут, что тоже цру, анб ли ещо что то в етом роде ето всё организовало ...их wейс.
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Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
maineshark

There's nothing that can be done to magically sort the psychopaths from the regular folks.

C'est la vie.

You don't burn your house down just because there's a squeaky floor board that you can't manage to fix.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
coldservings

Even if someone waved a magic wand and made all firearms disappear it would not top the psychos. People have been killing in mass numbers without firearms for a very long time. Inflammables, poisons, explosives, sharp objects, all have been used to kill large numbers.

The psychos have the advantage of being able to pick when and where they will strike. You can't be alert against them everywhere, all the time, so occasionally the result will be tragedy no matter what we do. You don't have to like it--I don't--but that's the way the world is.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
straycat_74

bullcrap. criminals do not obay the law, hence why they are called criminals.
madmen and criminals will do what they want, regardless of the law.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)

Restricting access to firearms encourages psychos to build truck bombs.

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 03:24 am (UTC)
gekelberefin

+1

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
gekelberefin

Вот-вот! Если я чего-то ХОЧУ, то, что меня остановит? "Охота пуще неволи" (С).

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
tlekas: Causing harm

There are plenty of common things that can be used to cause mass harm. What a lot of people don't know is that the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in U.S. history was on May 18, 1927. While that was done, by a school board member, with explosives available for stump removal it could just as well be done with propane AMFO or other readily available materials.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)

and if guns were the ultimate gift for psychopats? look who want guns in countries where they are banned, psychos and criminals...........

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
izenflamm

i want a gun, a pistol, in the country where short barreled guns are banned, in goddamn Russia. for self defence and sport shooting. i love weapon. and i hate my country's stupid law that make me vulnerable for criminals.

where ends the freedom of having a gun, ends freedom itself, they say in normal countries. i agree.

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
defn921

That's not true. I want a gun (and I’m going to buy it soon, as they are not banned in my country) and I assure you I'm not a psycho or criminal or what else. I'm a normal person. The other thing is, that here (I live in Ukraine) handguns are not allowed for ownership by civilians, and people can’t protect themselves properly from criminals, when they are out of home. That’s a very bad situation here with self-defense while you are not at home.