Reading your comments to the below post, I had to wonder; is it the tool or the user? Is it that some tools, as you said Sammy, have really only the one use and opportunity seems to find a place, much like owning a hammer brings about an abundance of things needing hammered? My father, when I was about 7, gave me my first hammer. I soon went out and destroyed our front steps - I felt the corners needed rounding. What sort of idiocy would I have done with a shotgun?
Nikki, you believe we really should outlaw guns, as it is the gun that is the problem.
On the other hand, the hammer, and in reality also the gun, are really not able to operate themselves. Can we blame the hammer that I am an idiot? Well, perhaps in hindsight, giving a 7year-old a hammer is foolish - is it equally foolish to give an immature person a gun? How do we differentiate between the mature and the idiot without destroying simple human rights?
Scottie, you noted that the mindset that sees violence as cool is well developed and cultivated in America.
Which begs the question; if it isn't the gun - or in my case, the hammer, what other piece of foolishness would I have chosen? What would be used then, for someone bent on killing people.... a bomb? It just seems like there are some who are so very determined to hurt others.
What do you think?