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When I was in the police force I came across a number of coppers who also believed that. I’ve heard all the arguments – “Guns don’t kill people, people do”, and “take the guns away from good people and only the crooks will have them” etc. Arguments that I have never accepted. The usual follow up argument is that we should then ban knives and any other implement that has the capacity to harm people and for the pro-gun lobby I expect we will continue to hear justification for the continuation of liberal gun laws in America. Thankfully those attitudes are in a minority in Australia.
It seems to me that if guns are harder to get then massacres like the Virginia Tech one would be far harder to commit. Had the offender been armed with a knife, or machete, or even a less powerful firearm there is a strong likelihood that some of the families whosehearts are breaking tonight would be weeping for other people rather than there own loved ones.