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US politicians seem UNWILLING to prevent gun violence
« on: September 26, 2013, 11:59:08 AM »
The latest mass shooting in America reopens the debate on gun control; Thailand needs to heed this warning too as the number of local cases of crime involving guns increases.

More than 220 incidents of mass shootings or killings have taken place in the United States since 2006. That averages out to approximately one every two weeks.

The figure is alarming even for a country as obsessed with guns as America. The latest shooting rampage has renewed, yet again, the debate about gun control and stricter background checks on those who want to purchase guns.

A mass killing, according to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, is an incident in which four or more people are killed, not including the killer.

Interestingly, about half of the mass killings (111) were triggered by family disputes. A large number of other mass killings took place during robberies (30) or were shooting rampages in public places (36), according to a recent USA Today study. Most of the victims were killed by gunfire and a smaller number by stabbing, smoke inhalation or burns, or by blunt force. The mass killers ranged from angry and dispirited adolescents to alienated political extremists.

After each mass killing in the US, especially when it involves guns, lawmakers call for much tighter gun controls. US President Barack Obama has called for stricter controls, but Congress has rejected any move in this direction. Critics now question American lawmakers' determination or ability to stand up to the political muscle of the National Rifle Association.

Following the latest tragedy in Washington DC last week, an American blogger wrote, "Mass shootings have become a part of our lives. The United States has a problem. The problem is that certain people decide to take a weapon and start randomly killing others."

The latest shooting, in which 12 people were killed at a Washington naval installation, was committed by a military contractor and former US Navy reservist named Aaron Alexis. The man had received treatment for mental health issues including paranoia, hearing voices and sleeplessness, according to US news media.

President Obama says the US needs a better way to check whether gun buyers have mental-health problems. "The fact that we do not have a firm enough background-check system is something that makes us more vulnerable to these kinds of mass shootings," he said.

The president has a point. People with mental-health problems should not be allowed to own or carry guns.

This principle should also be applied to buyers and owners of firearms in Thailand. The law here bars anyone who is "deranged or incompetent" from buying or owning a firearm. There is no such restriction on people with mental-health problems, apart from being "deranged or incompetent", and no limits on anyone carrying guns.

Luckily for Thailand, cases of mass shooting are rare. And, unlike in the US, guns are less affordable. However, there has been an increase in the number of cases here in which people use guns to kill others or themselves. In some cases it was evident that the perpetrators had mental problems.

In the US, the major problem with gun control, or lack thereof, is that the background-check system fails to detect people with mental issues. For Thailand, the problem is that the law does not prevent people with mental problems from gaining access to guns.

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Re: US politicians seem UNWILLING to prevent gun violence
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 12:07:29 PM »
The last sentence above indicates what I see as a growing problem here. It's not just the mentally ill but also the drunks who wave guns around at what they like to call parties. Scooter boys will be the next ones to tool up - in fact, we see that it's already happening.
 

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Re: US politicians seem UNWILLING to prevent gun violence
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 12:19:12 PM »
Scooter boys will be the next ones to tool up - in fact, we see that it's already happening.
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