"Guns Don't Kill People, Rappers Do"

“Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do” is the title of a song by Goldie Lookin Chain, a group that try to satirise hip hop and modern life. If you watched the video above, I apologise for making you do so.

Moving quickly away from the Welsh comedy hip hop scene on to more serious matters: Why do so many people get extremely angry when the topic of gun restrictions is discussed? I’m genuinely interested. I don’t want to use the word ‘triggered’ but some responses to various discussions could be described as such.

I know many of you are American, and fiercely protect your right to keep and bear Arms under the Second Amendment but can’t we discuss things civilly?

Many other articles on Substack are discussing reasons for the recent tragic mass shooting so I don’t want to get into that. In this thread I want to try to understand why there is such anger when discussing the removal of fire arms.

It is a hugely nuanced topic. I understand that most gun owners don’t kill people. I know people feel safer when they have a weapon. I realise that the last few years have convinced more people than ever that a gun may be necessary in the near future. However, if the shit does hit the fan, a gun might buy you a bit of extra time, but unlikely. Furthermore, if some even more dystopian future does occur, I would prefer that every other hungry, angry, raiding person didn’t have a gun.

My view is that private use handguns should be banned, as they are in the UK. The UK’s worst school shooting happened in 1996 in Dunblane, Scotland. A teacher and 16 pupils were killed. As a result, in 1997 handguns were banned, with an exception for licensed clubs. Furthermore, a £150 million buyback scheme was introduced which saw more than 160,000 guns and 700 tons of ammunition surrendered. Since then there has only been one mass shooting in the UK.

Yes the UK still has gun crime but it’s low. Firearm death rate per 100k in the UK is 0.23, in the US its 12.21.

I’m not saying the UK is amazing, it’s not, it has many other issues, knife crime for example. I’m not insulting America or any other country that hasn’t banned guns. I just want to explore why discussing the issue provokes such anger.

On other posts, I have been told to stay out of American affairs because I’m from another country. These were public posts on Substack, discussing gun control. Surely, we all come to Substack to discuss different ideas. If you want to discuss British politics with me, all the better. If I want to discuss Covid mandates in Canada, that is my right. Discussing any issue is the way to the best solution. Not allowing the discussion of ideas that you disagree with is what has been happening over the last few years and we’ve all seen how that’s gone.

Don’t unsubscribe because you disagree with me. It is healthy to disagree and will add more to future debates.

So, why the anger over a discussion which is purely intended to try to stop kids getting shot at school? And convince me that guns shouldn’t be banned - amicably.

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