Can you think of many solutions offered up by the pro gun side? Because truly, I can't. I can't think of a single "solution" that you or Rivergallery or Gloria have offered. I can't think of any that the NRA or Republicans have offered. (except buy more guns?). So no, I don't believe that both sides DO want the same thing, because frankly I don't see it. You can pay lip service to it all you (general you) want, but without DOING anything about it, in any way, other than buy more guns, faster, and fight background checks or rules limiting guns which can mow down tons of people in seconds, well, no, no one believes that you want the same thing that anti gun people do. So yes, that is absolutely what perpetuates the stereotype, and at that point it isn't really stereotyping, its just fact.
"punished". Like, do you feel "punished" that you can't own grenades, Gloria? Do you feel punished that you can't play with rocket launchers, or chemical weapons on your private propetry? I don't think that you do, or should.
Did you feel "punished" after 911 when Bush passed the Patriot Act and your freedoms were limited? When airport security was forever changed? When flying out of certain airports you were forbidden to leave your seat for 30 minutes, even if you had a bathroom emergency? Just because of something "so rare" like the 911 attacks? That attack killed 1/10 of the people killed in ONE YEAR from guns.
And I SOOOOO Don't buy this "you can't do something about that problem". The UK did. Australia did. You really don't believe in American ingenuity THAT much? Very unpatriotic of you, Gloria. Very cowardly.
Ok I think we also need to throw into the debate the number of times guns are used for self-protection, and put that on the po
sitive side of the equation.
I know this is wiki.. but I think valid enough for the argument as it gives a wide range.
Studies place the instances of guns used in personal defense as low as 65 thousand times per year, and as high as 2.5 million times per year. Under President Clinton, the Department of Justice conducted a survey in 1994 that placed the usage rate of guns used in personal defense at 1.5 million times per year, but noted this was likely to be an overestimate.