The Gungho Gun Toting Loonies are having a field day.
Seattle: A Gunman killed six young revellers at a 'Zombie Party' in a Seattle house yesterday and then shot himself in the head when confronted by police as he left the house, officials said. This is an extract from the Sydney Daily Telegraph (my favourite newspaper). This sort of happening would go un-noticed in the 'Good o'l US of A Tabloids, it would be far too common to raise public interest, if one failed to read about it; there would be a similar killing soon to follow within hours.
However for Ozstrayer readers there is a full page to feast on.
A local OZ shooter states that because 60% of murders in 2003-04 were bashings and stabbings, Knives are more dangerous than guns.(That is a load of codswallop).
Perhaps the more logical interpretation is because most murders are not premeditated, the perpetrators simply had used what they had available, and because they were hard to get, guns were used less frequently.
Here are some other statistics: In the USA, they record an average of 88 Gun Deaths a day. In 40% of cases, the weapon is the Persons own gun turned on themselves.
Fewer Guns equals fewer Gun-Deaths. Crimminals will always find ways to obtain weapons, but if we limit the supply we can limit the damage.
Sporting Shooters and people working on the land should have limited access to guns, but the harder we make it for the man on the street to get a gun, the fewer Gun Deaths we will have to endure.