Gun Ownership : Gun Control Around the World: A Primer


going above and beyond
Jun 18, 2004
north philly ghetto
retired computer geek

In the continuing debate over how to stop mass killings in the United States, Australia has become a familiar touchstone.

President Obama has cited the country’s gun laws as a model for the United States, calling Australia a nation “like ours.” On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has said the Australian approach is “worth considering.” The National Rifle Association has dismissed the policies, contending that they “robbed Australians of their right to self-defense and empowered criminals” without reducing violent crime.

The oft-cited statistic in Australia is a simple one: There have been no mass killings — defined by experts there as a gunman killing five or more people besides himself — since the nation significantly tightened its gun control laws almost 20 years ago.


going above and beyond
Feb 9, 2001
what is commonly overlooked is that white people are sicker and more self destructive than anyone else.....
Okay, and I don't think you'll get much of an argument from people here about that, but then what? These same people are still given licenses and pass investigations to purchases guns and carry guns.

Americans live in a gun culture. We are still the Wild, Wild West. It's a part of people's nature in America and we don't give it a second thought when we hear that people own guns--apple pie and guns are essential to the American way of life.

Guns are used to settle arguments, even simple disputes. Tell a kid "No," nowadays and they shoot teachers and their parents. We claim to need a gun to defend property--try trespassing on some people's property and see what happens next. American egos are over-inflated and people use guns to exercise power and control over others who they believe are beneath them or less important to them. Some psychologists even claim that for some men, guns are considered an extension of their penis--got a small one, own a gun like the AR-15 like the Orlando shooter used. Here's a theory . . .

"Canadians and Europeans watch the same violent movies, and many Canadians and Swiss have even easier access to guns than most Americans. But only America seems to have so many men buying guns, hoarding guns, and discharging guns. So, what would Freud say about all of this?

The famous psychiatrist may well have found interesting a line of research performed and published repeatedly over the past decade that shows that chemicals like Bisphenol-A are widespread in the American food supply, but generally not as widespread or even banned in Canada and Europe. As "Nature" magazine noted in an article titled "US Opts Not to Ban BPA in Canned Foods", BPA "mimics the hormone estrogen" even in "low doses."

What would Sigmund say about a nation filled with men whose penises are getting smaller and smaller because their food supply is laced with estrogen-mimicking chemicals? Might they start turning in large numbers to long things that look like big penises and can produce awe-inspiring ejaculations when their triggers are tickled?

Well, the idea of such a problem was never presented to the great psychiatrist, because such chemicals didn't exist back in his day. But from his widely-known "penis envy" theory, a modern psychotherapist could conclude that Freud would probably be on board with the idea that men who worry about the size or functionality of their penises might find ways to compensate. Like by buying, using, and displaying long, thin things that can have something come out of the end. Like cigars. And guns."

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