Are Americans, especially gun-carrying Texans mad?



From deepest Texas, Randy Black protested: I have to laugh every time I hear that citizens of other nations consider Americans mad (as in crazy). Does any WAISer really believe that if the government outlaws certain types of guns, all of the criminals running up and down the streets will suddenly come to their senses and turn them in? I think not. From the UK, George Sassoon concurs;¨I agree.  Recently the UK government banned legally-owned handguns, and made it much more difficult to own shotguns and rifles.  The result has been a huge increase in gun crime, mostly by drug dealers warring among themselves and hitting innocent passers-by.  It wouldn't be so bad if they just hit each other!

With the relaxation of border controls it is all too easy to import weapons from war zones such as Kosovo.  There also numerous legal replica firearms which may be modified to fire live ammunition, which being small is easily smuggled in.  Apparently handgun-ownership is now de rigueur among drug-dealers. When we were in Kingman, Arizona the local sheriff told us that the state had the most lax gun controls and the lowest gun-crime rates,  Maybe other WAISers can confirm or deny this.

RH: I doubt it.  John Heelan could consult the Justice Department statistics.  The UK I grew up in was very different from the UK of today.  Not even cops carried guns, and the crime rate was about the lowest in the world.  Probably drugs and immigration have changed all that.


From deepest Texas, Randy Black protested: I have to laugh every time I hear that citizens of other nations consider Americans mad (as in crazy). 

John Heelan counters: Perhaps Mr. Black would also like to consult the US Dept of Justice (Bureau of Justice Statistics) [http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/region.htm#regionweap]. In its analysis of "Gun Homicides by Region",  West South Central Region has substantially higher gun homicides that the US average;  this region covers Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas.

Now what was Texan Mr. Black's  question again-oh yes - "Are Americans, especially Texans, gun-crazy?"


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