This shouldn’t happen in this country, or anywhere else, but in a free society, we’re going to be subject to people like this. I prefer this to the alternative.
– John Green, father of 9-year-old Tucson shooting victim Christina Taylor Green
The recent tragic Arizona shooting has once again resurfaced debate and criticism on America’s uniquely lax gun laws. Often after the dust settles though, the Americans will continue to hold on religiously to their guns, and the right to continue buying, selling and using them (as expressed most potently by the quote above). According to this BBC analysis, this mindset can be chiefly attributed to the nation’s harsh frontier history (where security depended on local militia), an individualistic mindset (i.e. looking at the shooter rather than law), influential gun lobbies (fronted by NRA) and powerful rural states. Together these factors have made gun ownership become
…fused with a particular brand of American identity that prizes rugged individuality and libertarian notions of freedom – mostly freedom from government.
Do you think private gun ownership should continued to be legalized in America? Why?
What about Singapore? Should our government allow the possession of personal firearms? Why?