TTAG reader KirkfromBrisbane posted the following comment underneath Gun Hero of the Day: Philip Smith of National African American Gun Association:
I’d rather be a free-thinker and deal with being called a “troll” than some sheep who continues to spout debunked hogwash that more guns equals less crime. I love the way yanks conflate being allowed to tool-up with military-style weaponry (because of a partial mis-reading of an amendment) with the concept of ‘freedom’. From anywhere else on the planet watching on, it’s just an amusing, slightly-sad concept . . .
Here in Australia, we have the ‘freedom’ to go about our business secure in the knowledge that Australia has one of the lowest gun-related mortality rates in the whole world, and secure in the knowledge that every second person we interact with WON’T be tooled-up to the eyeballs with some ridiculous concealed handgun and/or other ridiculous weaponry designed exclusively to kill humans.
Meanwhile in the good ol’ US of A, you have the ‘freedom’ to be killed in record numbers by the very pointless weaponry that many of you dude’s worship.
Schools should be for teaching kids, not massacring them. Universities should be for teaching young adults, not massacring them. City streets should be for walking down with confidence, not cringing in.
The proof is in the statistics. Australia’s gun-related death statistics are over an order of MAGNITUDE better than the USA. And that is not a one-off. Its been maintained for decades.
So, I’ll take Australia, thanks. Just sayin.
I might be a ‘sitting duck’, but it doesn’t matter here, cause no-one here has the guns to shoot at me anyway. Thats the cool thing.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Ever heard of it? Independently voted the Worlds most livable city, 5 years in a row. Including this year. Somehow we’ve managed that without mass-ownership of personal handguns. Adelaide, another Australian city. Also in the top 5. Sydney and Perth are in the top 10. Brisbane is in the top 20. Google it.
And who knows – maybe being able to ‘sit around’ without much risk of being shot at has something to do with it?
USA cities?….not so much. Ah well….chin up. With your shooting-death statistics, I guess the USA still has a vague ‘shot’ at topping the ‘Worlds most die-able cities’ list…..Who looks ‘ignorant’ now?