As to your history:
1. It was the war of 1812. We had a rouge nation down south attack us and we had to defend from the US. There is a huge amount of history where the US has tried to take over Canada. We have as much right arm ourselves against you as you do against your neighbours. Yet we choose not to. Because we have decided to trust that your nation will not try to invade us. Again.
2. We are still part of the Commonwealth so we still have ties to England. In fact we still have a Queen. Where your nation has chose "freedom" we have chosen to remain allied with a network of nations.
When does the right of small children to live outweigh the right to "fight for freedom" from an imagined enemy?
What is so interesting to me is that gun owners are so adamant about keeping their guns locked up, a lot of them putting the bullets in different places from the hiding spots of the actual guns. Do you honestly think that if someone comes into your home with the intent to shoot you, that you will have time to go get your gun, go get the bullets, and get everything together to defend yourself? If someone is going to shoot you, most likely they will just do it without any sort of warning.
2- Again you have no idea what I am teaching my children, nor do I have any idea what you are teaching yours.
3- Do you know how long it would realistically take the Police to reach your home in case of emergency? While I was in the city a few months ago I had the need to call 911, I was put on hold for 5 min before I gave up.
4- I never once said people SHOULD stockpile, I said we should have the right to if we want. I don't see law abiding citizens with CC permits shooting up children.
5- No, I said bad things CAN happen. IE dictators take over easier if the populous is disarmed first.
6- I like hippy popcorn too .
Did anyone else read this article? I find it relevant about why I'm generally opposed to the number of guns circulating in our country.
Vijay Prashad: Deaths of children that don
The part that sticks out in my reading was this:
When a singular mass killing occurs in mainly affluent suburbs, it shocks the nation — and rightly so. But it might be a shock to some to know that this year alone 117 children died from handgun violence in Chicago. These deaths do not get discussed, let alone memorialized in the national conversation of tragedy.
117!!! Children. In Chicago. From guns. Sick and twisted. And nearly all "accidental". I don't want to discuss the kids in the drone strikes (maybe another debate....) But relevant to this debate, I don't know how one defends gun ownership/use in our country.
You can always find stories of children accidentally shot from handguns in the home.
This scares the bejeebees out of me, too. Which is why I ask every parent where a child of mine goes if they own guns and if yes, where and how they store them. From:
HealthyChildren.org - Handguns in the Home
Even if you don't have guns in your own home, that won't eliminate your child's risks. Half of the homes in the United States contain firearms, and more than a third of all accidental shootings of children take place in the homes of their friends, neighbors, or relatives. A Center to Prevent Handgun Violence survey estimated that about 135,000 students carried handguns to school each day, and another 270,000 brought handguns to school at least once; that figure may be even higher today.
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12