I don’t want to start a debate about gun control, but I am interested in opinions from USA’ians on a specific aspect of gun control.
Obviously this is spurred by the latest incident in Colorado.
I’m not American, so don’t have a real grasp on the ‘vibe’ or feeling in the US on the subject, but it is certainly interesting to hear the viewpoints of some on this board.
I’m also not trying to downplay the horror of the incident for the people and families involved, but for me it’s almost no longer a surprise/shock when you hear about a ‘another’ mass shooting in the US. Its almost a shake of the head and ‘when will those crazy cats learn?’
Which is my essential question. What would it take? IE What would have to happen for either a ground swell of popular support, or for an individual politician or indeed a party, to decide to spend the political capital to implement tighter gun controls. (And I suppose would that even be possible at a federal level in the US, or would it have to be done state by state?) Is there any one event, either by number killed, or a specific sensitive location, or something else that could be catalyst for someone ‘to do something’?
By the way, this isn’t an attack on the US, it’s not like these incidents never happen anywhere else, but it seems they occur far more often in the US.
In Australia we had one incident of this nature (which admittedly was the worst of it’s kind in the world at that time), and that spurred an entire rewrite of the gun laws in this country. I happen to think they went a little too far, but only by a notch or two, and a some dissenters aside popular opinion was definitely with the changes. I know it was easier to enact here, from a no gun-culture and our federal/state structure though.