This thread is getting a little out of hand, but I'd just like to respond to the ludicrous notion that the Belgian documentary introduced where guns limit freedom of speech.
If anything, what that man said was a GOOD thing, because it could potentially force us to come at arguments and disagreements from a reasonable perspective rather than allowing them to escalate to violence and be filled with high emotion. However, that's still just a behavioral modification tactic.
That being said, I'm not advocating the idea that everyone should have a gun; I'm advocating the idea that everyone should have the right to have a gun, or really, further, I'm saying that either way it doesn't make much difference. The argument that everyone having access to them puts us all in this society of constant danger and instability is nonsense, as is the idea that giving us guns will make everything better. These ideas are based on the deeper idea that taking away or giving us guns is magically going to change who we are as a people. It is incredibly presumptuous, and is based on the logic that people only do things because they can, not because of who they are, or what is inside of them. That exogesic idea is nonsense. "Well maybe that will enable us to begin to change!" Sure, if behavioral modification is actually a way to change who people really are, and not how they act and react in a certain environment. :-/ The whole gun control thing needs to be approached, but the current approach is not the right one. It is one derived from the percieved need for immediate change and the belief that such spontaneous change can actually happen, and that is foolish and dangerous. We aren't looking at things in a long-term sense, nor are we examining the value of our actions(Though we often say
we are); we're just zealously attempting to justify what we're doing rather than objectively examining it.
Do you understand the meaning of per capita, motherfucker?!
These are the world's homicide rates. The darker the country is the more violent (per capita) it is. Now I may be colour blind, but I can still see that the USA is darker than most European countries. While I agree with you that Europe isn't a utopia (the neo-nazi movements and rascism are more prevalent than in North America), you are less likely to get murdered there.
What the hell, Greenland!? Is that place still full of vikings or what!?